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meme-nostalgic-pity-trainWatching the left’s reaction to the 2016 has been a mixed bag. Most of all we are seeing a full frontal display of the core essence that make up the leftist mindset; immaturity, violence, hatred, narcissism, denial, self-absorption, and entitlement.

It is telling that Washington is spending millions in preparation of the rabble that will soon be swarming the city to protest Trumps inauguration. They have no choice given the violence and millions of dollars of damage done thus far by “protesters”. But note this… While I’m sure this is a banner year, Washington has to spend this kind of money and does this kind of prep EVERY time a Republican takes the oval office (since Nixon). Every time a Democrat is sworn in… the cost and prep is minimal in comparison. Again, it’s telling…

The main thing we are seeing is the left lashing out like wounded animals or exhibiting the first two stages of grief/loss (denial and anger). They latch on to anything and everything to blame and explain what they cannot fathom. Villains and scapegoats abound; Jim Comey, Russian Hackers, Fake News, the Electoral College, and the oldie, goodie, tried and true… racism of the winners and the unwashed who put them there.

They know there must be an explanation of the loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Like O.J. searching for the real killers… they will look everywhere… everywhere except at a Party/ideology out of touch OR a flawed candidate with a flawed message.

I am actually somewhat grateful for the childish display; because for the rest of America it is confirming. Maybe not so much that Donald Trump is the right man at the right time to bring us back from the brink… but that the left isn’t, never was and never will be.

So I’m going to write a few posts on what I’m observing concerning the various aspects of this leftist lashing out, grasping, and blaming.

So let’s get started…


The Electoral College

Let’s start with the Electoral College since it is pretty prominent on the list and relevant since they actually vote tomorrow (Monday 12/19/16).

The Electoral College was one of the first villains latched onto by the flailing left.

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Again exposing the hypocrisy of the left, if the results had been as they expected (and predicted), Hillary winning the Electoral College and losing the popular vote, the left would be extolling the virtues and protections provided by the institution provided by the founding fathers. The left has no fondness for the popular vote, the electoral college or even democracy. They only care about power which they believe they are entitled to.

As punishment for not falling into leftist lockstep, some on the left say the Electoral College must be eliminated and the Presidency decided by popular vote. The electoral college after all is… wait for it… racist. (And you wonder why people roll their eyes when this crap is spouted again and again and again.)

But wait! The left isn’t really sure whether they should attack or embrace the Electoral College (at least for now). On one hand, they instinctively attack it because those numbers didn’t go their way… so it must be abolished. At the same time, they are saying “Wait! the Electoral College IS a safety valve put in place to stop this very thing (Trumps election), so that sane minds could override the ignorant electorate.” Thus the organized efforts to get enough electors to switch and deny Trump the needed count.

Case in point, Martin Sheen (and various other actors from “The West Wing”) produced a video seeking to get electors to change their votes, stating (as a group)…

“Republican members of the Electoral College, this message is for you. As you know, our Founding Fathers built the Electoral College to safeguard the American people from the dangers of a demagogue and to ensure that the presidency only goes to someone who is to an eminent degree and down with the requisite qualifications. I’m not asking you to vote for Hillary Clinton — just don’t vote for Trump… As you know, the Constitution gives electors the right to vote for any eligible person. Any eligible person — no matter which party they belong to. By voting your conscience, you and other brave Republican electors can give the House of Representatives the option to select a qualified candidate for the presidency… What is evident is that Donald Trump lacks more than the qualifications to be president. He lacks the necessary stability and clearly the respect for the Constitution of our great nation….

See… right there, that’s insulting. The balls it takes for a bunch of leftist actors to turn to the Constitution (which they pretty well detest) as the means of thwarting an election is phenomenal. But using the charge that the man who won is unfit because he lacks “respect for the Constitution of our great nation” is beyond the pale. To make this assertion after supporting Barack Hussein Obama for eight %^$#ing years! Hypocrites one and all!

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Sheen (and his ilk) pledge that anyone who votes their way will go “down in the books as an American hero,” will “have my respect.”

Which gets back to a basic biblical truth electors should consider. If the world loves you, you are of the world. The last thing I would want would be the admiration and respect of these shallow, worldly, @ssholes. They’re not interested in you, justice, democracy, or the Constitution; they just want power for their side.

So my stance is… let the left scream, stomp, curse, knash their teeth, rend their garments, and show their collective @sses… well, I mean more than usual… Once this little scheme fails (tomorrow 12/18/16), they’ll be ready to toss aside the evil, racist, Electoral College that just a breath ago was designed to “safeguard the American people”.

Side Note: In fact, the Electoral College was put in place as a compromise to get the small states (what would have been fly-over country back then) to approve the Constitution. Without it, those states would have been ignored in the grand scheme of national elections and politics. AND those (very valid) concerns should still worry fly-over country today. Luckily the Electoral College is literally Constitutional, making it nie-impossible to be rid of it. Good.

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polls-states-2016Narayana Kocherlakota of Bloomberg just wrote a piece reprimanding the public for complaining that the polls were wrong in the 2016 Presidential election. Obviously we’re idiots who don’t understand what polls are and how statistics work. We seem to “confuse (statistical) forecasts with fortune-telling”.

Ahhh… it’s all our fault for not being as smart at Narayana Kocherlakota and other “expert” pollsters.

After informing us of our failures of intellect, Narayana then uses a sport analogy to try and educate us about how statistics works, then he offers another on a business decision concerning advertising, and finally a real life example of how Hillary Clinton used polls to decide not to campaign in Wisconsin.

His final point is that polls are really just a tool used by the campaigns and can’t be right 100% of the time, so we should just get over it. Move along… nothing to see here…

The key mistake Narayana makes in his attempt to inform and educate the idiotic public is that he doesn’t address our actual complaint. One that’s been around for years on the right, and that the left is getting a taste of now that it bit them on the posterior. The obvious question is why does Narayana not address the real complaint? Does he not know or does he just choose to ignore it? Both are indefensible.

So… in an attempt to educate Narayana… We, the public, are not pissed that the polls were wrong. We are pissed at WHY the polls were wrong. Why being that the science behind statistics and probability is constantly diluted with bias and opinion so as to produce bad results and an inferior product.

Statistics and probability are indeed used by the campaigns. They are also presented to the public as information/news. These two sets of polls are (obviously) separate products; one used to make decisions and one used as a form of news to be presented and consumed. It is the later product that the public been consumed and reviewed to be of poor quality. Consumers have a habit of doing that with products; just check out Amazon. We have also issued our complaint as to what we think is wrong with the product only to be ignored (and from looks of it will continue to be ignored at Bloomberg).

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To offer proof of my point that the product (polls offered as news) are inferior when it doesn’t have to be, let me follow Narayana’s example and offer a real life illustration.

In the waning days of the election, the Clinton campaign put all of its efforts (Hillary, Obama, Bill, etc…) in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania. These are blue states, not toss-ups. These are states that always have been safe Democratic strongholds. And the polls indicated they would remain so in this election… ALWAYS forcasting a Clinton lead from day one.

If the Clinton campaign used these news polls as a tool to make campaign decisions, they would have marked them in the safe column and concentrated on toss-up states… but they didn’t. WHY? Because they didn’t use these news polls. They used their campaign polls. When they used unbiased and un-opinionated statistics (or pure science if you will), it told them something completely different. Their actions proved one thing… THEY KNEW the polls for public consumption were wrong.

So if the campaign polls were managed well enough to tell Hillary she was in trouble in safe blue states, it proves that it is possible to execute the science of statistics in a manner that produces more reliable and sound results. Given that fact it is easy to conclude that the Main Stream Media (including Bloomberg) is making a conscience decision NOT to do that; not to provide a superior product.

And for that, they have been called out… and deservedly so.

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Love this video… concerning the Buttercups currently crying, screaming, protesting, and rioting…

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Matt Maloney is the CEO of GrubHub, some kind of Internet food-ordering company. (I have at least heard of them.) On Wednesday Matt made the conscience decision to send out an email to all 1400 employees of GrubHub. By Thursday there were various boycotts being organized (Twitter, Facebook, etc) by Trump supporters and Matt was in panic mode.

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Basically Matt Maloney was distraught about the 2016 Presidential election, explained to his employees that Trump and his supporters were miscreants, and stated in no uncertain terms that supporters of Trump had no place at GrubHub. The letter is littered with leftist dogma including safe spaces and the Hillary campaign slogan of “stronger together”. But the key message from Matt was “If you do not agree with this statement (that you will fight against everything Matt Maloney thinks Donald Trump stands for) then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”

Unfortunately for Matt… someone leaked the letter to the public; which is hilarious. I love it when leftist’s own words and ideals go public.

movie-star-wars-these-arent-the-droidsMaloney’s response was typical leftist.

  • Deny that what you said is what you meant.
  • Claim that what you said is “misconstrued” or “taken out of context”. You are the victim here.
  • Parse parts of what you said and offer a spin to soften your original message if not completely turn it around.

    Unfortunately, this requires that you pretend your target audience is a bunch of morons who don’t have the brain cells to actually read and understand exactly what you meant in the first place. Fortunately, this is a natural inclination for leftist. To the rest of us, it’s really insulting. But don’t take my word for it… Matt Maloney’s original email (and his spin the next day) are found below.

    Political - Fascist - SmileyThere is no question. As the CEO of a company (GrubHub) Mr. Maloney decided that approximately half the citizens of this nation do not have a place at his company when it comes to employment. This is a natural extension of a core leftist belief. If you don’t agree with them on homosexuality, you shouldn’t be allowed to work as a photographer or baker. If you don’t agree with them on abortion you shouldn’t be allowed to work as a nurse or doctor. This is the pattern with Matt taking it to the next step.

    Logically, by extension GrubHub (as led by Matt) also doesn’t need or want the business of half its potential customers. Of course Matt wants his cake and to eat it to. He wants the punish the unwashed by denying them employment, but he still wants the unwashed to patronize his business.

    There are multiple problems here.

  • Matt Maloney is a political fascist seeking to bully and silence or better yet harass employees into quitting.
  • Matt Maloney is an idiot. He quickly acted on an impulse that was all about instant gratification and stimulating feelings of smugness and moral superiority.
  • Matt Maloney is a moron. He really, really didn’t give a second’s consideration to the risks and likely costs his personal indulgence would initiate (If the letter became public.) (Side Note: Do you not think a majority of Tech CEOs feel exactly the same way a Matt. Of course they do… they’re just smart enough to keep it to themselves or at least within a very tight inner circle.)

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    What Matt Maloney didn’t do was take the time to think about consequences; think about cause and effect. And to be honest, that’s kind-of at the top of the list in the job description of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). So… Matt has basically proven he is not temperamentally nor morally fit to hold the position of CEO… for any company. Hopefully (for the sake of the company, the employees, etc…) stock holders and directors are taking notice.

    Abusing your employees, and the public trust of your customers is one thing. Doing all of that and telling me (your employees and the public) that I’m a dumb@ss is stupid on a whole new level.


    Matt Maloney’s Original Email

    SUBJECT: So… that happened… what’s next?

    I’m still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night. Clearly there are a lot of people angry and scared as the antithesis of every modern presidential candidate won and will be our next president.

    While demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior – and these views, have no place at Grubhub. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.

    We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating – including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences. We are better, faster and stronger together.

    Further I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States.

    If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team. I want to repeat what Hillary said this morning, that the new administration deserves our open minds and a chance to lead, but never stop believing that the fight for what’s right is worth it.

    Stay strong,
    Matt

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    TexasLynn’s Commentary on Matt Mahoney’s Spin and Damage Control

    Concept - Bullshit>> This year’s presidential election was undoubtedly divisive and left many of our employees feeling concerned. In response, I wrote a company-wide email that was intended to advocate for inclusion and tolerance — regardless of political affiliation — during this time of transition for our country.

    I call Bullsh#t! Nobody… NOBODY… reading your original email would have thought that. Not even you when you wrote the dam thing. Your employees got the message loud and clear though. Especially the ones that made sure it was brought to the attention of the public and the stock-holders.

    >> Some of the statements in my email (please see full text below) have been misconstrued.

    Again… I call Bullsh#t! Your message was VERY clear.

    >> I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump. I would never make such a demand.

    Translation… “I am now going to pretend my email said something completely different and act indignant that anyone would think otherwise… This requires that I pretend you are a complete idiot and can't read and comprehend for yourselves…”

    Granted, this was probably an impulsive decision; an angry leftist throwing a hissy-fit. But at a minimum, Matt’s intent was to shame Trump voters and intimidate them. So even if we give Matt the benefit of the doubt (concerning the resignation intentions), which I don’t… Matt’s actions and intentions were still repugnant and stupid.

    Matt’s response to getting caught? Also repugnant and stupid.

    >> To the contrary, the message of the email is that we do not tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace, and that we will stand up for our employees.

    As long as they share my (Matt Maloney's) beliefs… otherwise you are to get the hell out of here… Again… you made that pretty dam clear, Matt.

    >> Grubhub welcomes and accepts employees with all political beliefs, no matter who they voted for in this or any election. We do not discriminate on the basis of someone's principles, or political or other beliefs.

    I'm sorry, your previous actions and lack of contrition are too loud for me to hear your spin right now. But keep going…

    >> I deeply respect the right of all citizens to vote for the candidate of their choice.

    Really? That's the spin here… exactly where was that in the original email, Matt?

    >> In fact, I offered extra flexibility on Tuesday and encouraged all our employees to go vote.

    So… you did what pretty well most/many employers do across the country and THAT is proof of your open-mindedness. Dude… you're flailing for a life-preserver here. Surely coming clean and a little contrition are in order by now. You, Matt, are not Bill and Hillary Clinton. Do you really think you can pull this crap off like they do? You're an amateur.

    >> There is a place for all points of view at Grubhub. We value diverse perspectives and believe those perspectives help to create a better product and a better workplace culture.

    Blah, blah, blah, diversity… blah, blah, blah, culture… You have no credibility at this point.

    >> Grubhub’s leadership team has worked for years to create a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating. We are better, faster and stronger together, and so is America.

    "stronger together"… Thanks Hillary. You're just proving the point of your detractors. All I'm hearing is a bunch of campaign slogans and motivational posters being regurgitated as company policy.

    It reminds me of when I worked in Houston (for a big corporation) and there was a hurricane headed our way. In preparing for the weather, the head honcho brought us all together and said “If any of you are concerned for your family and feel you need to get them out of the city, we encourage you to do that. Your family is our number one priority.” One guy took him seriously and left to take care of his family. The guy didn’t work there anymore a soon after that…

    >> Posted by Matt Maloney, Grubhub CEO

    To quote our British cousins… you, sir, are a fascist bullyboy; and we're sick of bastards like you. I didn't even vote for the guy (Trump) and even I know it's ^&%$ers like you that are the reason he was nominated and elected.

    In closing, Matt, screw you! Screw your fascist response to losing, and screw your company (GrubHub if anybody missed it).

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  • I can’t help but give a few drive-by TexasLynn insights into the Trump 2016 Presidential victory.

    First, to reiterate, I was not a Trump supporter (as many who read my blog know). I was even less of a Hillary supporter, and slightly less for Johnson (Libertarian), and Stein (Nutso/Green).

    Trump’s election is the worst possible outcome… except for all the rest.

    (See the conclusion of where we go from here…)

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    What Trump’s Election Means:
    The following is a bullet point list of what Donald Trumps’ election means; what those who put him in office are trying to say to the world and to their leaders. There seems to be

    1. This is a repudiation of multiculturalism
    2. This is a repudiation of globalization (same as the Brexit vote)
    3. This is a repudiation of the establishment elites (GOP, Democrats, Media, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, etc…)
    4. This is a repudiation of Obama and his legacy (see more below)
    5. This is a repudiation of Clinton (all things Clinton)
    6. This is a repudiation of the status quo (see change below)
    7. This is a primal scream for change… CHANGE! (Can you hear me now?!)

    What Trump’s Election Doesn’t Mean:
    Lest we read into this what we want…

    1. This is not an embrace of conservatism (Donald Trump and his policies are not conservative)
    2. This is not a repudiation of liberalism (I wish it was…)

    newspaper-trump-winsWhy He Won:
    Elections are more and more divisions of urban vs. rural mindsets. That’s bad news for us rural guys. We’re outnumbered and it’s only going to get worse. Our only hope for influence is for the urban turnout to be muted and for rural turnout to be impassioned. If urban turnout is average or better… it doesn’t matter what we do… they win. Luckily urban turnout is often muted in off-year elections and that, I think, is what happened here. Normal urban voters (particularly blacks) were not inspired by Hillary.

    Hillary Knew:
    Now this is hindsight, but I really should have seen the signs that a Trump victory was in the works. In my defense, that is hard to do with the entirety of the main stream media (MSM) (and to a lesser extent the minute conservative media); screaming “it’s a done deal”.

    There were three signs in the past few days indicating that Trump was likely to win and that Hillary (including her campaign, and the Obama administration) knew it.

    1. Hillary canceled the fireworks over New York. She would not have done that had she not known there was trouble ahead.
    2. (And this is the big one) Every big name Democrat (Obama, Hillary, Bill, Biden, etc…) were campaigning in blue states the last few days of the election. That (in hindsight) was a desperate defensive play (and the proof that they knew). It would have been like Trump having to come and campaign in Texas. If you as a Republican must defend Texas, all is lost. If you, as a Democrat have to defend Michigan or Pennsylvania… all is lost.
    3. (And this is the most consistent bellwether one) TexasLynn thought it was without a doubt going to be a Clinton victory. TexasLynn is never (or at best seldom) right about these things. 🙂

    hugsBringing the Nation Together:
    Everybody is talking about how, now, the future President must try to bring the nation together. It sounds nice, and both sides of the aisle like to say and hear it. But, really… As a nation, we’re just too divided. I’m just not that interested in pretending.

    Obama and the left may have parroted the words early in 2008, but you dam sure didn’t see them doing something as stupid as acting on it. I’m OK with that. “Elections have consequences.” Say the words, but do what you got to do.

    Want to be the first to extend the olive branch? Want to hope we can have less rancor and demonization on both sides of the aisle? OK, make the offer. I just don’t see it as even in the nature of the left. So work together and actually compromise where you can… but other than that… push on.

    Left - Liberal - Rabid - Hate AmericaThe Left:
    This is one of the few times every few years that I make an effort to watch the MSM. I admit the guilty pleasure of watching them rend their garments and lash out at the uneducated, unwashed, racist, sexist, backwards, basket of deplorables… who just gave them a screwing.

    The left over the past eight years has celebrated unconstitutional dictates from the oval office with the excuse that “if Congress won’t act then the President must/should”. Do they still hold that view? If you are changing these types of views dependent upon if you’re guy holds the office, then 1) you’re an idiot and 2) you’re a hypocrite.

    Is there some glimmer of hope that the left will actually return to supporting the checks and balances between the three branches of government (if they ever did)? Sure… for four/eight years… but can we ever hope they’ll have the wisdom to see this is the way we should always govern. I admit my doubts that they can make that leap.

    Also… get ready for real leftist contortions. In just two short months, the idea that “opposition is racist” will transform into “opposition is virtuous”.

    People - Obama, Barack - Mickey Mouse EarsObama:
    Trump’s election pretty well cements the legacy of Obama as a failure. This didn’t have to be the case, but was a political decision made by Obama (and the left) during his tenure. Law (passed by Congress and signed by the President) is law. Executive orders and fiats, with the stroke of a pen endure (or wiped away) just as easily by the next guy. If it’s your guy/gal, you’re golden; if not, it’s the bed you made.

    If you choose to govern in this manner, you risk your legacy being wiped away (like with a cloth or something) in the same manner by the next administration. And… it should be. If you choose not to work within the framework of the Constitution, then your policy deserves the same respect (or lack thereof) you afforded the rule of law.

    Obama’s signature accomplishment, Obamacare, too should suffer a similar fate (as his executive fiats). While actually passed by Congress (into law), it was done so with no opposition input, was by design deceptive, and once in practice a disaster. It should be ripped up by the roots and thrown on the ash heap of history. That said, it will be up to Trump and the Republicans to come up with something that actually works and helps. Let’s see if they can do any better.

    So that’s Obama’s legacy. A repudiation of pretty well eight years of trudging along at best. Eight years of the world getting more and more dangerous for America and her interests. The man was a boob, and history will record him as such.

    people-clinton-bill-and-hillaryHillary and Bill:
    Hillary and Bill Clinton are co-conspirators in an organized crime ring; selling influence and worse from the State Department for many years. The Clinton Foundation was the means of access, the means of funneling, and the means of laundering the money.

    “When the director of the F.B.I. laid bare her gross negligence for arrogantly setting up her own email system while secretary of state and announced there would be no prosecution, you could hear the heavens thunder for justice. Not since O.J. Simpson had someone so obviously guilty by the facts, walked away.” — Kevin Dowd, Maureen Dowd’s more conservative brother

    But we have a tradition of peaceful transition of power. We do not jail our opponents after an election. We should err on the side of freeing the guilty in order to maintain that practice.

    My advice for Trump is to let the justice system (the FBI) run its course with no interference or input on his part.

    Now the Obama Justice Department has rigged the system and protected the Clintons so far. That obstruction needs to be rectified once Lynch is gone. One of the main impediments put in place is the DOJ refusal of allowing a grand jury to be seated; which gives more leverage in investigating wrong-doing.

    cartoon-bill-and-lynch-back-scratching

    FBI director Comey has been an idiot throughout this whole ordeal, BUT… if it is Trump’s gut feel that Comey has been on the up-and-up… then I would allow him (and more importantly the career FBI investigators) to continue the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

    But, to be honest, we’ve reached a point where a special prosecutor needs to pick this up and bring it to a conclusion. Trump should seek Democratic input in this process (like selecting someone as impartial as possible) as an olive branch. If they refuse, or (as is more likely) seek to demagogue and obfuscate the process then %$#@ them, and move forward making the process as honest and transparent as possible.

    So.. make sure the process is fair and let it take its course. While that works its way through the system… Shut up about it until the results are in and then live with those results (no matter what they are) and move on.

    sign-hillary-for-prison

    Now assuming there were an indictment (and/or conviction) in the future. And I understand that’s a big IF. There is already talk of a pardon. That’s the President’s call… BUT I would say that no pardon should be on the table unless there were some public admission of guilt and some display of contrition.

    All of this may be mute based on the fact that President Barack Hussein Obama still has two plus months left in office. I wouldn’t put anything past that man…

    The time left in the Clinton’s allotment of fame (well beyond the 15 minutes of mere mortals) are not going to be pleasant ones. Not for the public, not for them. Nor should they be… (the heavens want what they want). But even Clinton’s supporters, apologists, and protectors wish they would just go away now… so quickly they turn on you when you fail them…

    “The Clintons remind me of the Universal horror movies where you thought the monster was dead and then the monster would show up in a bad sequel. I’m glad now that they’re finally gone.” — Maureen Dowd, New York Times

    The Market:
    Dow futures were down 600-700 points the night of the election when it became obvious that Trump had won. By this morning, everything had stabilized. Why? Because the conjecture arose that NOW the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates.

    stock-market-bubble

    This is further proof that the entire 18K stock market is built on a bubble of artificially low interest rates (the horrendous Fed policy). This basically means for almost a decade the Federal government has kept money cheap so as to make it possible to maintain huge deficits. All this on the backs of people who save and are retired (aka, the responsible). It’s is delinquent and immoral.

    It will hurt (the economy). It will hurt a lot. But this needs to be rectified… before it’s too late.

    The Polls:
    In the last Presidential cycle (Obama/Romney), I didn’t believe the polls and they ended up being right. (I found it inconceivable that we would elect such a boob for President… TWICE.) This time, I believed the polls (partly because of their accuracy last time) AND they were wrong. (I think they fell for the same bias I did last time.)

    A good half or more of the polls are less concerned with accuracy than with pushing voters in a particular (mostly left) direction. A few are actually interested in the scientific prediction of what is statistically likely to happen. Unfortunately, it is generally hard to know which is which. (Though if you see an MSM tag on one… you can pretty well easily classify and dismiss it.)

    OK, so the polls were wrong this time, and giving them the benefit of the doubt (on bias), why were they so wrong?

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    The theory I am most apt to believe is that their samples were corrupted by the distrust and disdain conservatives and Trump supporters have for the main stream media and by extension the polls.

    I’ll admit it right now. If a pollster approached me, the first thing I would want to know is who he was affiliated with… and the answer to THAT question would affect my answers to his questions. No answer to my question on affiliation equals no answer to his; and any association to the MSM will likely result in me either 1) refusing to participate or 2) lying to them. The increasing prevalence of this attitude makes it harder and harder for these guys to gather the data their models are so dependent on.

    I hope this is the reason, and I hope this problem continues.

    Conclusion:
    Again, I will follow the lead of others and start with a clean slate. I’ll do my best to maintain an open mind and allow Trump to lead and govern. I hope he turns things around, since I and a majority of this nation think we are headed in the wrong direction. As we move forward, I’ll call balls and strikes as I see ‘em… I hope that four years from now, I am a Trump convert.

    I can’t claim to be optimistic, but I can give my hopes and prayers to the man. God speed…

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    GOP - Trump - LogoSo I’m watching a news program featuring a bunch of Trump supporters and one in particular stood out in my mind. The gentleman identified himself as gay (though not trans-gendered) and complimented Trump on not bothering with the issue of where he peed and was concentrating on more important issues.

    This gentleman helped me clarify several things in my mind…

    One: New Republican Voters
    Trump and his supporters keep bragging about the record number of new voters he will bring to the Republican Party. This (I suspect) is the quality of the new voter. And if this is the new inclusive Republican Party, I’ll have no part in it. In Trumps defense, this is exactly what the establishment GOP has been pushing for years. But when politicians (and shysters) brag about “growing the party” or creating a “big tent” they are simply using codes words for “compromising conservative principles” as the price to be paid for winning, and power, and money which are their real goals. That’s a trade-off I’m never going to be interested in. If you become your enemy to win the war, have you really won the war? Of course not.

    Two: The Election is Already Settled
    The 2016 election is already lost. Trump (by his nature) and his followers assure it. There will be no game unless he’s the nominee. They will support nobody else… So Hillary wins and the GOP most likely looses the Senate (if not the House also). It’s a done deal.

    In all fairness, I’m no better. I’ll support Trump under no circumstances. BUT also to be fair I was never going to support Bush, or Christie, or Kasich for the same reason as I won’t support Trump. None are conservatives and I’ve vowed never to support another non-conservative for office. Romney was the last. The GOP label is not enough anymore; nor is throwing me a VP bone. I’ve abandoned the GOP and my sole hope for this election cycle is that it tears the GOP apart and creates one of two new parties. I hope the same for the Democrats in the near future.

    Insane - StampThree: National Insanity
    Western civilization is in the throws of committing suicide by reason of insanity. How long that will take I have no idea; but the process is now at full speed. The new Trump supporter is aghast that we’re having the debate over restrooms. So am I… but for a different reason. He’s aghast because it is so un-important and obvious that we should be inclusive and let people be who they are or identify as. I’m aghast because it is so obvious that men (biologically speaking) should not be allowed in any female facility. That we’re even debating such a fundamental fact is proof of irreversible societal insanity.

    Yes; there are some very important issues out there like the debt, immigration, terror… so why aren’t we addressing them? Because each has a moral component that we repeatedly prove we lack… We continually spend what our children and grandchildren must repay. We allow those who would do us harm free access across our borders, not to mention seek to fundamentally change our nation by allowing in those will will never assimilate (this being the price for votes and cheap labor). We have such self-loathing that we espouse moral equivalence with our terrorist enemies. And… We grant men (all men) free access to the private facilities of our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters.

    On issue after issue, we demonstrate decay. And don’t even get me started on rationality… We are insane with NO sign or hope of recovery.

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    VoteI didn’t watch much of the 2016 Super Tuesday returns last night. I was instead watching Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. I like to digest this stuff the next day anyway. Trump had a yuge night and Cruz did what he had to do (though just barely), which was win Texas and a few more states. Rubio is always going to stick around, but I just don’t see him doing anything if he can’t win Florida and it seems right now that is not going to happen.

    So what’s out on the interweb for me to digest. Unlike Trump, Cruz and Rubio really don’t have a chance to win the nomination outright. So if they stay in the race they’re really just betting on a brokered convention. Their strategy must be to keep Trump from reaching the magic number of 1,237. As of today Trump has 316, Cruz 226, and Rubio 106.

    The whole trouble with this strategy (which also seems to be that of the Republican Establishment) is that Trump is a egomaniac who won’t hesitate to blow the whole thing up with an independent run (if HE is not the nominee) insuring a second Clinton is elected via such means. (see H. Ross Perot for folks under the age of 30)

    Moving on…

    Of a Faustian nature, the other big thing out on the interweb is Trumps press conference which I’ve seen bits and pieces of. The interesting thing isn’t Trump at all, but rather Christ Christie staring into oblivion (almost literally) behind Trump the whole time.

    People - Christie, Chris - Screaming - Behind Trump

    I thought pundit Alexandra Petri (Washington Post) said it best (just an exert… the whole thing is choke full of interesting cultural references)…

    I believe that Donald Trump was talking, tonight, and that he, in fact, held an entire press conference. But it was impossible to hear him over Chris Christie’s eyes.

    Chris Christie spent the entire speech screaming wordlessly. I have never seen someone scream so loudly without using his mouth before. It would have been remarkable if it had not been so terrifying.

    Sometimes, at night, do you still hear them, Clarice? The screaming of the Christies?

    His were the eyes of a man who has gazed into the abyss, and the abyss gazed back, and then he endorsed the abyss.

    — Alexandra Petri

    (Read the whole post here: Chris Christie’s wordless screaming)

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