Nov 13

Gestalt fault

So the Democrats are going to spend all their time searching for (IMO dubious) proximate causes of Hillary’s loss and instead not face that fact that the reason they actually lost was that they nominated a candidate reviled by extremely large percentages of the population, who had historically high negatives (even among those who had voted for Obama in the previous two elections), and who was a Wall Street insider about as charismatic as a boiled lamprey. And that all of this was known well before her nomination and presumed coronation.

Fucking ridiculous. Means they will likely repeat the same mistake again in 2020 and we’ll get Trump — again.

Why Clinton was hated in this context does not matter. The fact is that the DNC and dumbo-Dems chose a bad candidate about whom many people knew the truth: she could not beat Trump and was historically weak even against such an inferior candidate.

But sure, blame it on Comey. Couldn’t have been poor decision-making, shouting down of allies, the nomination of a Wall Street toadie, the accusations of racism, misogyny and Nazism if you did not jingoistically support Clinton, nor the fact that she called roughly half of America a “basket of deplorables.”

Certainly those things had nothing to do with it!

Nov 13

Blip bleep

I’ve seen this weird usage error a number of times now:


A “blimp” on the radar. The radar footprint of a blimp is enormous, so this means the opposite of what is intended.

Has “blip” become an uncommon word? I guess it is not used that often except in this idiomatic phrase.

Nov 12


Taibbi said it best, as he often does.

The Democratic Party’s failure to keep Donald Trump out of the White House in 2016 will go down as one of the all-time examples of insular arrogance. The party not only spent most of the past two years ignoring the warning signs of the Trump rebellion, but vilifying anyone who tried to point them out. It denounced all rumors of its creeping unpopularity as vulgar lies and bullied anyone who dared question its campaign strategy by calling them racists, sexists and agents of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

How’d that work out for ya?

Nov 12


Apparently, Michael Moore can see the future.

This was written in July, 2016. Moore said Trump would win. And he was right. But this is particularly prescient.

I believe Trump is going to focus much of his attention on the four blue states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes – Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Four traditionally Democratic states – but each of them have elected a Republican governor since 2010 (only Pennsylvania has now finally elected a Democrat).

Hillary was supposed to pick up at least two of those states handily.

She didn’t. And here we are.

Moore, can I get those lottery numbers from you now?

Nov 12


Arrival is a good film.

I wanted it to be longer; I wanted more linguistics. I wanted more of Amy Adams, who was excellent and convincing, brave and afraid. The linguistics as presented was simplified but accurate. The film was also obviously abridged for the theater and perhaps one day there will be a director’s cut.

At the end, I could even read a little of the Heptapodian language, too. (It’s like super-Chinese with nonlinear orthography and as with Chinese no verb conjugation, relying on modifying radially-presented radicals etc.)

If you are hearing about a twist ending, there was no twist that I saw. It was obvious what was occurring but then again I am steeped in sf so even though I’ve never read the source novella I’m deep in the genre. Results may vary.


Nov 12

Excuse making and finger pointing

According to stunned and delusional Dems, Hillary lost because:

  • Bernie Bros
  • KGB
  • Krampus
  • Space Aliens
  • Tony Danza
  • Voter Suppression (only somewhat plausible one on the list*)
  • FBI coup
  • Evil liberals who had the temerity to utter any word of criticism
  • Dumbledore

Here’s why actually Hillary lost: she was a reviled and terrible candidate whose strength was in the South where she had little to no chance of winning anyway. I said that before the election. So did many others. Voters stayed away in droves because she was about as inspiring as a three-day-old Taco Bell chalupa that a swarm of roaches has gnawed on.

Bernie would have won in a landslide. Likely Elizabeth Warren, too. Hell, a toaster would’ve been more likely to win it than she was.

Nominate someone who is unelectable, who is already the most-disliked candidate in history before she even begins campaigning, and you end up a loser. Simple as that.

*Though once you realize the truth of Tony Danza, why vote? Why do anything?

Nov 11

Stuck in a bad trade

Chris Arnade writes sometimes about being stuck in a bad trade.

He also writes about the poor and the invisible Americans.

I’ve been all of those things so I know what he means pretty deeply. I feel it.

Doubt I ever would’ve voted for Trump even if I’d stayed in my home town (including that I likely would’ve lost my voting rights as I would’ve become a convicted felon at some point) but I understand. I completely get it.

Years ago after I escaped Lake City, I lost $20,000 in a few minutes one time. Just like that. Bad trade. Gone. Still felt horrible even with six figures in my bank account. Devastating.

And I grew up poor. Yeah, we had a computer but we often had nothing in the fridge. No income, no car in a rural area because it got repossessed. That sort of thing.

Imagine being in a bad trade for fuckin’ life. That’s what it’s like where I grew up, 24/7/365, for many people.

And then imagine being a little kid (me) and the parents of some rich kids literally laughing at you to your face when you tell them you want to be a scientist when you grow up. Imagine that. I don’t have to.

Most people don’t understand how Wrong of a Wrong Family I was from where I grew up. But I could link you to the mugshots.

So I understand voting for Trump. I was those people.

I grew up fighting and I lived my life fighting. No, I didn’t make it on my own. So many people helped. But I still fought for every thing I have and am.

And as anyone who grew up fighting knows, sometimes even when you’re absolutely sure you are going to get trounced, even when you know without a doubt that getting up again and swinging at that bully is going to end very badly for you, you still do it any damn way.

Trump’s victory is millions of Americans standing up again and through the blood running down their faces throwing out one more wild, self-destructive punch.

And I know just how that feels and why you’d do that.

Nov 11

Nothing and nothing equals

Well, Trump definitely matters for the Supreme Court, but not about the actual more important potentially civilization-ending issue of our times. Yep, the one barely-mentioned during the campaign: climate change.

Here’s what Clinton would have done about climate change: nothing.

Here’s what Trump is going to do about climate change: nothing.

So there’s that.