We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The automaticity of newspeople trying to create support for ideas by asking them in the form of a question continues, as it has for decades. One version is called Betteridge's law of headlines, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines, though I am certain I read a GK Chesterton essay of a hundred years ago pointing out that journalists used this dishonest headline tactic even then.
If anyone recognizes where it is in the GKC corpus I would be grateful, as I will doubtless use it again.
Assistant Village Idiot
I haven't found it, but I stumbled on this:
“. . . If he is really so impartial that he cannot see any difference between St. George and the dragon, he is much too impartial to be just . . . .” (On Trusting President Wilson, 24 February 1917)
Modern man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being pelted with little pieces of alleged fact which are native to the newspapers; and, if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to newspapers.
It boggles the mind. Two years have gone by and they still haven't figured it out. All Trump did was open up a place at the table for aspirational middle America, which includes blue collar Dems, middle class minorities, Indies, wage earners, small businesses and tradesmen. Middle America had been ready to jump ship for at least a decade, without anywhere to go. The battle is between regular every day folks and those people who are insulated from the consequences of globalization, open borders, and the iffy policies of the managerial class. To date, the Dems do not have an agenda that includes the well being of Main Street and working America, just sneers and jeers.
They genuinely don't understand why you are not groveling and abjectly grateful for lame, short term, dead end, service jobs. They tried to claim that a recovery on Wall Street equates to a recovery on Main Street; and that a rising GDP or a rising stock market is evidence of a general recovery. These stats can boom without there being a commensurate increase in “real” jobs and there is no recovery for the working people without meaningful employment.
That's just the economic side; I haven't even mentioned all the crankpot ideologies thought up by neurotic cat ladies.
Even when Ronald Reagan had a landslide victory in 1984, 95% of the media voted Democrat and it has gotten much worse since then. I hope the Republicans some how, someway, hold onto both the house and senate. Maybe losing a bunch of elections in a row will force democrats back to the center and away from their anti-America / socialist agenda.
If they don't veer back to the center expect Trump to win 45 states and have a 60+ senate and house majority. Trump will do his best to roll back 50 years of liberal bullshit and stack the court for the next 30 years! Oh darn.
I have been analyzing the polls for about two months and things
are not looking good for the Democrats. The GOP is sure to
increase their majority in the Senate, and maintain the majority
of governorships. In the House, almost all of the tossups are
in red districts. House seats are not like Senate seats. It does
not matter whether Democrats or Republicans Gerrymandered
the districts. Red or blue districts will generally vote red or blue.
Of the 31 red districts in the tossup column, and 11 more in the
leans Democrat column, all the GOP needs is 19 to hold the
The last time I checked the numbers, the red seats were
going from 3-4 to 1 into the leans GOP from tossup vs the
number moving to leans Dem from tossup.