Thursday, November 08, 2018

It's a New Day in America



36 comments:

  1. Everybody remember to breathe. Take some time to rest.

    What helps you uncurl?

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    1. My Art class homework is an effective distraction. I meant to get some done this evening, but other things intervened. I am somewhat wooly-minded at this hour. Tomorrow is another day.

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    2. I got a chuckle from this. I have been using the flood of campaign email as an excuse not to get back to work on the grant application. Now, with a convention coming up this weekend and another, with an extended train trip, coming up less than two weeks later, I need to get cracking. Rest can come later. I hope.

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  2. California's Orange county now closer to blue than red after midterms [Click]

    I think I will see if I can get a Party for Socialism and Liberation bumper sticker to tweak folks hereabouts. And make it easier to find my car in a parking lot.

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  3. Good morning from Georgia where the counting is not yet done. Republicans voting reliably and in lock-step is a bit of a puzzlement. What turns them on? Or is it just a matter of habit not inhibited by thought?

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  4. So, that worked. The spouse made a good try for the county commission but the voters picked a local boy and pleased me. Campaigns are great; being a public offical sucks.

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  5. A little mist rising from the river this morning; the first time this year. Cool enough to turn the heater on a bit in the morning to take off the chill.

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  6. Couldn’t find a PSL bumper sticker; I am forced to admit that bumper stickers are about as common as pocket watches these days.

    There are a handful of races either too close to call or headed to runoff, per First Read:
    House: CA-10, CA-29, CA-45, CA-48, CA-49, GA-7, ME-2, MN-1, NM-2, NC-9, NJ-3, UT-4
    Senate: AZ-Sen, FL-Sen, MS-Sen
    Governor: GA-Gov

    First Read: “It appears that Democrats are on their way to netting more than 35 House seats — a bigger pickup than the some 30 seats the party gained in the 2006 midterms and the most for them since the post-Watergate 1974 midterms.”

    “…it was a pretty bad night for Republicans. The party lost its House majority, at least seven governorships and more than 300 state legislative seats.”

    Trump Hands Democrats Their First Investigation [Click]

    GOP Rep. Karen Handel Concedes, Lucy McBath Officially Wins Georgia 6th [Click]

    The Democrats’ Deep-South Strategy Was a Winner After All [Click] “Losses in marquee races might lead the party to believe it can’t win elections with candidates like Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Beto O’Rourke. But there’s more to the story.”

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    1. Nah. Some tape and a bit of Norco and she should be just fine. Bet she's back at work on Monday morning.

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    2. Alan, she's not 25, she's 85. Her bones are pretty brittle and fractured ribs hurt like crazy!!

      Did you know she had colon cancer in the 90s and pancreatic cancer in 2009. She's a walking miracle, in soooo many ways, but a body can only last so long.

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    3. Sufficient unto the day are the troubles therof.

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  8. https://www.yahoo.com/news/authorities-multiple-injuries-shooting-california-081908764.html

    Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded Marine combat veteran dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life, authorities said Thursday.

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  9. Alan, Jenifer Granholms' Canadian birth has been a problem for a long time. I remember Phil lamenting it twenty years ago. Clearly what's needed is to pass a private bill granting an exception just for her. *grin*

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    1. In terms of a presidential run, If I understand correctly a private bill wouldn't do it. It would take a constitutional amendment.

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    2. Yeah, I was just kidding. It's a pity Constitutional amendments are so hard to pass. But I doubt even any of the Lefty organizations I belong to would be interested in promoting one.

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  10. Young Voters Turned Out In Historic Numbers
    November 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

    Harvard’s Institute of Politics reports that approximately 31% of young people aged 18 to 29 turned out to vote in the 2018 midterm elections, an extraordinary increase over the 2014 elections and the highest rate of turnout in at least 25 years.

    Is Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment Legal? [Click]

    As Results Tighten in Florida, Gillum Comes Close To Reversing Concession [Click]

    Speaking of the virtues of being patient, here is an example:
    Xochitl Torres Small wins CD2 race after thousands of absentee ballots counted [Click]

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    1. The Tribune reports that in Chicago both voters 18-34 and those 35-44 had higher turnout percentages than those 65-74.

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  11. Also from the Tribune: In IL-3, a neo-Nazi won the Republican nomination simply by filing when no one else did. The Republican party rejected him. But he still got 25% of the vote and carried four precincts in this overwhelmingly Democratic district. What were these people thinking. Did they absolutely refuse to look beyond the R? I wouldn't necessarily have expected them to vote for Lipinski, but they could have left the race blank. (Note that there is no straight-party balloting in Illinois, so that can't account for it.)

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  12. 'A loud and clear message': California passes historic farm animal protections [Click] 61% Yes—pretty good! Near as I can figure, food costs (in constant dollars) about a third of what it did when I was young—at which time there were lots of small farmers and ranchers.

    Scientists reveal 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor [Click] “…traces of Australasian ancestry in indigenous South Americans that hint at a far earlier arrival of modern humans to the Americas – potentially dating back 30,000 years or more.” Wow.

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  13. Ohhh noooo!!!
    RBG has been hospitalised; she has fallen and broken ribs!!

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    1. Susan was at least 5 hours ahead of me (as usual! Ha!).

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    1. Ah, puddle, that's the sweetest thing I've heard all day.

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    2. Yes, that's a very nice way to parse it! I will be sharing the link.

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  15. Alan, I hope Natalie isn't anywhere near Paradise CA. What a fast moving fire!

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    1. Oh, Naomi's nowhere near Paradise--that's up in the Sacramento Valley. I hadn't seen the story, but will look it up. I think I saw a warning of high fire danger up there the other day, and also heard that the electric company is likely to turn off the power in areas up there with high winds, to prevent sparking. BTW, there is an unverified story that Paradise is a corruption (improvement if you will) of Pair o' Dice, a saloon located there in early days. Helltown is nearby.

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    2. The Town of Paradise is literally going up in flames at present and the next town over is covered in black smoke. Folks are on edge and may have to evacuate too.
      Actually, I just saw this: "Evacuations are in progress for the communities of Pulga, and Concow."

      The fire is spending at the rate of 80 football fields per MINUTE...!!

      https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/very-dangerous-camp-fire-prompts-evacuations-state-of-emergency-in-butte-county-california/70006585

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    3. That story about how the name "Paradise" originated reminded me: Just outside the Arkansas town where I grew up there was a community (unincorporated, I believe) known as Dew Drop. It grew up around the crossroads where the Dew Drop Inn was located.

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  16. Just looked at the stories and photos at sfgate.com

    Jeez.

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