Closing Thought–22May18

I am posting this because there way too many people that think I hate everything that our president does….that is not accurate…..just as I did not agree with everything Obama did…..

I have been a staunch opponent of the Electoral College for many years….I really started bad mouth this archaic practice after the 2000 election.

Recently Trump has made a comment about the EC……a comment that I can agree with……

Pres, Trump argued that he’d rather see the presidential election be determined based on the popular vote than the current Electoral College system, claiming it would be “much easier to win.”

“They also like to always talk about [the] Electoral College. Well, it’s an election based on the Electoral College. I would rather have a popular election, but it’s a totally different campaign,” Trump said during an interview with “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s as though you’re running — if you’re a runner you’re practicing for the 100-yard dash as opposed to the one mile,” he continued. “The Electoral College is different. I would rather have the popular vote, because it’s — to me, it’s much easier to win.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/385022-trump-i-would-rather-have-presidential-election-based-on-the-popular

Given his track record lately he may change his tune next week….but for now I can agree with what he has said…

May your day be good and safe…..chuq

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How About Facebook?

Ever sine I have been writing a blog (a total of 12 years) visitors would comment and send me a link to a Facebook post….I would thank them for the link but tell them that I was not on Facebook for I did not trust them to keep my info secure…

Looks like my fears were well founded…..

Facebook is reeling from a series of revelations about private user data being leaked to Cambridge Analytica, a shadowy political consulting firm that did work for the Donald Trump campaign.

Last Friday, reporters from The New York Times and The Observer of London told Facebook that Cambridge had retained copies of private data for about 50 million Facebook users. Facebook says Cambridge promised in 2015 that the data would be deleted. Facebook responded to the new revelations by banning Cambridge and several of its associates from Facebook.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/facebooks-cambridge-analytica-scandal-explained/

Recently I was told that this breech was no big deal….apparently the markets do not agree…..

Facebook shares fell nearly 7 percent Monday amid controversy over how Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Trump’s 2016 campaign, was able to harvest personal data from more than 50 million Facebook users.

The 6.8 percent drop lopped nearly $40 billion off Facebook’s market value.

Equity analysts with Raymond James said in a report to clients that “continued concerns over Russian targeting and data misuse are clearly weighing on the shares.”

Facebook says it initially gave out the data to a researcher who claimed it would be used only for academic purposes. Facebook claims the researcher then “lied to us” and passed the content onto Cambridge Analytica. That firm then used the data to build “psychographic profiles” about voters.

Investors are worried about the fallout for Facebook from prosecutors, regulators, and advertisers.

I realize that followers on Facebook add to the number of total followers for the blog….but my security is more important than the number of followers to feed my ego.

Security measures are important to all us bloggers only some of us are a bit sharper than others.  I can state that none of my info was compromised by Facebook….can you?

Dear Democrats……….

It is closing in on the 2018 mid-terms and many seem to think there will be some sort of “Blue Wave” that will sweep Dems into offices at all levels.

I have my doubts but I am NO political strategist so what do I know…..I recently read a great letter that was sent to the DNC about Dems in general and their stands in particular…..read the letter it is very telling…….

Dear Democrats:

That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day.

Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you’re sworn to serve. In the second place, it confirms the U.S. Capitol building as the world’s most majestic day care center.

Shutting down the government is almost always the wrong thing to do. But as my pastor likes to say, if you’re going to do wrong, at least do wrong right.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/24/dear-democrats-you-just-dont-have-clue-do-you

Like I said…great questions and great points for Dems to consider before they step before the American voter.

But they will beat the same horse that lost them their majority…..I do not think they have learned anything…..the old…..doing the same thing over and over…….

The Terrifying Underbelly

For years pundits have been trying to explain the habits, voting and others, of the rural Southern voter…..I live among these people and I really cannot explain their habits…but I have read something that may clear it up just a bit…..

I have tried to understand how these voters can vote against their own interests…..time and time again……

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”

Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete BS. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to draw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t East Coast elites who don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is that rural Americans don’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of the choices they’ve made and the horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/insider-explains-rural-christian-white-america-dark-terrifying-underbelly/

Did this help?

Dems Need To Stop Dreaming!

Surprise the Dems won an election in deep red state of Alabama and they won a few months back in Virginia and now they, Dems, are having visions of grandeur……that they can take back the House in 2018 and have a lock on winning in 2020…..please stop!

A Dem won in Alabama because black voters came out to vote and both black men and especially black women….whites went overwhelmingly for the child molester Moore….they, Dems, will not hold this state when re-election comes around for Jones the voter will revert to old habits.  Whites vote for the extreme and blacks will stay home…..that is unless the Dems have a message and then it is iffy at best.

A Dem won recently in Virginia…why?  I have no idea the only explanation I have is every voter was drunk….I live in Mississippi and could care less about Virginia.  But the Dem leadership is thump their chest like a crazed primate on  meth spouting all kinds of confidence that they have the message America has been waiting on….a “Better Deal” or  a NEW something…..they always have a “New” something.

http://www.businessinsider.com/democrats-unveil-better-deal-plan-but-boost-to-jobs-wages-unclear-2017-7

The Dems are convincing themselves that they have the in-road to power covered….they are kidding themselves.

If they run on some scandal and the economy is booming…they will lose.

Dems missed a real opportunity to make good on their promise on a “Better Deal” with the recent tax bill…..they placated their wealthy donors at the expense of the poor and middle class.  Americans did not like the tax bill but instead of building on the dislike the Dems rolled over and crushed the middle class.  How can they in good conscience used the bill when passed as a recruiting tool when they would not take it on at the time.

Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president ever.  The Dems have jumped on this and started pushing their same line they always push….but this is not something they need to harp on for it could change on a dime and if they are all in it will come back and bite them in the ass.  Do not make a big deal out of this….a mention will suffice then move on.

The newest member of the Senate illustrates what is wrong with Democrats…..

Political conditions are looking extremely favorable for Democrats. In special and off-year elections across the country, they have drastically improved on Hillary Clinton’s margin almost everywhere — most astoundingly in Virginia, where Ralph Northam won the governorship by a comfortable 9 points, and in Alabama, where Doug Jones knocked off Roy Moore for the open Senate seat.

But over the weekend, both victors revealed the danger of milquetoast centrist liberalism at this moment in history. In an interview with The Washington Post, Northam seemingly discarded his campaignpromises to push for the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, suggesting that it needs to have Republican-style means tests and work requirements instead. Jones, meanwhile, suggested that he might vote with the GOP, and said that it was time to put President Trump’s numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations behind us

http://theweek.com/articles/743990/great-danger-milquetoast-liberalism

But sadly I do not see them moving past the high dollar Democrat that Clinton brought into the party.  They need an economic message but not the one they have now….they are NO better than the GOP.  They have NO plan they have slogans…..

Site 538 takes a look at their chances in 2018……

After Democrat Doug Jones won a stunning victory in Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate last month, lots of smart people whose work I read and follow, such as The New York Times’s Nate Cohn, declared that the battle for Senate control in 2018 was a “toss-up.” Prediction markets largely concur; after Jones’s win, the betting odds of Democrats taking over the Senate shot up to about 45 percent.

I think this might be premature. Winning in Alabama certainly makes the Democrats’ path easier: They could now gain control of the Senate by retaining all of their own seats, plus picking up the Republican held-seats in purplish Nevada and Arizona. But they’re probably still the underdogs.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/are-democrats-senate-chances-overrated/

Dems need to do a lot more work……just my thought….anybody care to add anything?

The Republic Survives! (Sarcasm)

By now the news of the defeat of the ‘Bama pedophile has been making every show on 24 hour news networks…..but in case you could care less….a short synopsis…….

It’s Doug Jones. The Democrat won election to the Senate from Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Trump, reports the AP. Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president even after facing allegations of sexual impropriety. An attorney and former prosecutor, Jones rallied voters on a message of moving past the Moore controversies. He was buoyed by an influx of national Democratic cash and endorsements.

Jones’ victory is set to narrow the slim Republican majority over Democrats in the Senate to 51-49. His win in the Republican stronghold energizes the Democratic Party as it looks to build on anti-Trump sentiment to mount a challenge next year to Republican control of Congress. With 92% of votes counted, Jones had 49.5% of the vote to Moore’s 48.8%, per CNN, which also called the race for Jones.

What does this mean?

It means that the GOP had a deeply flawed candidate.  It does not mean much more than that.  The networks would have us all believing that there is a ground swell for Dems…..I just do not see it.

But I see what the Dems are doing….they are setting the stage for 2018….they are putting out as much positive spin as possible over this election.  I understand why they are making more of this than there is…….

Jones needs to go and kiss every black person he meets for without them he would be shoveling Sassy’s crap.

Now on to 2018……and we will see just how big this vote was in reality.

Will Trump Betray His Followers?

(Insert raucous laughter here)

He most certainly will if he signs this new tax bill….but none of the followers cares?

It amazes me that after all is said and done Trump has been lying to his supporters and they love it.   He continues to feed them crap and they eat it up and applaud his every word.

When will these followers and supporters realize they are being played like a cheap flute?

The answer to that question is simple.

They will never call him out as long as he continues to feed their prejudices and fears…but more on this situation…..

Among the stranger features of the 2016 election campaign was the success of Donald Trump, a creature of globalization, as an America First savior of the white working class. A candidate who amassed billions of dollars by playing globalization for all it was worth — he manufactured clothes and accessories bearing his name in low-wage economies and invested in corporations eager to outsource — won over millions of voters by promising to keep jobs here in the US.

Admittedly, only a third of his voters earned less than $50,000 a year and cultural and racial resentment, not just economic grievances, drove many of them to Trump. Still, in an ever more economically unequal America, his populist economic message resonated. It helped him win the presidency by peeling off white working-class votes in key regions, particularly the industrial Midwest. Now he’s stuck with his populist narrative, and here’s the problem for him: it’s not likely to work — not given the economic realities of this planet, not for long anyway.

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/heres-how-trump-will-ultimately-betray-his-own-voters-and-hes-already-begun/

These are the same people that do not want a liberal judge but will support a conserv one…..they do not want a judge with political agenda but support one that they approve of…..in short a hypocritical stand on their part….but when asked they are not hypocrites…..funny how that works with American politics.

The hypocrites will stand by their man….to the bitter end….and make NO mistake it will be bitter in the end.

(I could not resist this cartoon that was in my Twitter feed)