Tuesday, May 17, 2016



  1. Sanders/Grijalva 2016, Warren for Senate Majority Leader!

    And I categorically reject any and all assertions that Bernie Sanders is responsible for the fact Ms Clinton is a very weak presidential candidate. No, she did it all herself. Neither do I credit the assertion that Ralph Nader caused Al Gore to lose Florida and the election.

    Clinton caught in end-of-the-primary trap [Click]

    The Vice Presidency No ONe Should Want [Click]

    Oh, we got my car back from the body shop today; they did such a nice job of detailing it and other unnecessary things like buffing the lens on the headlight that wasn't replaced that one **almost** wants to get the car bunged up from time to time in order to take it in there. Said car now sports a nice new Bernie 2016 bumper sticker.

    Oh-- and we seem finally to have found a satisfactory drip coffee maker. The best one we ever had was a Braum Aromaster,
    but that was caught up in a US-EU trade dispute over banana imports to France, and has for some time no longer been available in this country. We experimented with Mr. Coffee and a couple of other brands, and now have a Black & Decker 12-cup (they don't make an 8- or 10-cup version). It seems pretty good, and doesn't cost much. The carafe doesn't dribble, for one thing.


  2. What the establishment Democrats, like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Barbara Boxer are doing is ridiculous. They evidently think their blatant cheating will assure the nomination for Hillary. They may be right about that, but at the same time they are insuring her loss in November. You simply cannot alienate people at the rate they are and expect to get their votes in the end. Even Trump doesn't scare me enough to vote my approval for total corruption of the Democrats. And, Alan, I completely agree that her loss will be on Hillary's head and the heads of her cheating surrogates.

  3. Susan--I recall the observation (who made it I do not recall) that a ham sandwich should have been able to defeat Bush the Younger--but unfortunately Al Gore was not a ham sandwich.

    Some oddments gathered during lunch—Alan

    Message Problem vs. Demographic Problem [Click] “…who has the more debilitating problem…”

    Senate Control May Limit Clinton’s Choice of Veep [Click] Elizabeth Warren, for one, is from a state with a Republican governor—who would appoint her replacement.

    Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer [Click]

    And on another subject altogether, we have figured out how to keep the critters from ravaging our cherry trees—feed the possums our leftovers. Far easier than covering the trees with nets, which didn’t work well anyway. Next season we will spray with spinosad more frequently—it does seem to work, and is not a synthetic chemical. (It’s from a bacterium isolated from the dirt floor of an old sugar refinery in Cuba.)

  4. As of 8:30 PM Kentucky is very close; HRC is leading, but the lead has decreased during the past couple of updates. In almost all of the counties where Bernie is leading it is by a large margin; in most of the counties where HRC is leading, it is by a hair's breadth.


  5. AP via Faux Gnus:

    PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon secretary of state’s office says 36 percent of registered voters cast a ballot before the last day of the primary election.

    Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to turn in their ballot at a drop box. It’s too late to vote by mail.

    The secretary of state says more than 2.2 million Oregonians are eligible to vote in the primary, and nearly 835,000 submitted their ballots by Monday night.

    The sparsely populated counties of Harney, Grant, Lake and Hood River have the highest turnout percentages so far, all topping 50 percent. Columbia County trails at 29 percent.

    In voter-rich Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, turnout was running slightly below the statewide average.

    The presidential race has generated a lot of enthusiasm among Oregonians, with about 160,000 adding their names to the rolls of the two major parties this year — mostly Democrats.

    It’s not yet clear how many of those newly registered voters will actually vote. But the secretary of state’s office says more than 1 million votes may be cast in this primary.

    Many people wait until the last day or two to fill out their ballots, and then take them to drop boxes.

    Trademark and Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


  6. Ooooo..nailbiter in Kentucky--HRC ahead by a quarter of one percent..I have no idea if there are absentee ballots to be counted...


  7. 93% of the Kentucky vote in an it's still a nail-biter -- margin of 0.1%.

    1. The last big chunk of Louisville votes have come in and it looks like Clinton pulled it out by less than 1%. The 38 precincts yet to report are unlikely to change things.

  8. With 93% of precincts reporting, Bernie leads by 0.03%. Absentee ballots, if not yet tabulated, could easily swing the election.


  9. With 95% reporting, Bernie ahead by a quarter of one percent. We may have to await the certified results to be sure of the outcome, I think.