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I received a very interesting email from Don Young, the house rep for AK.

Note that I have never received anything from him before.

In this email, there’s the usual pablum of “as a representative....” blah, blah, blah.

And then there is a poll. In this poll I am given the choice of 6 items I think the house should be focused on right now. The usual cast of “infrastructure improvements and maintenance”, “tax reform”, conveniently however, there was no mention of impeachment.

There was however an “other” box.

I’m pretty jaded politically, and I don’t usually participate in this crap, it gets my email on the radar. But this time I thought “why not”?

And you can bet I clicked “other”.

Submitted the survey and guess what? 33% of the other folks picked “other”, and the second highest in the poll was “infrastructure improvements and maintenance”, at a smooth 21%.

Think about that for a moment. Savor it.

Why would I receive an unsolicited email this week from my house representative? Why a poll worded in such a way to provide deniability?

I’m actually beginning to wonder if the winds might be changing ever so slightly.

Amongst their inability to properly use words......

Did Doug Collins just twice mangle the word “denigrate”?

On edit. I think he wanted to use it, but veered into “degenerate”.

Please, please, please SNL let Kate McKinnon play Stephen Castor on this weeks cold open.

Just the idea of what she would do with his myopic lean into every exhibit has me in a pre-laugh paroxysm.

Just watched Ted Cruz publicly fellate trump on Meet the Press.

After the way he treated him in the primary, after the claims he made about his wife, and the threats he made. Chuck Todd even brought some of the worst ones up!

Ted just kept on sucking.

What? What? What?

Please, God, before I go, I have to know.


What would make a guy do that? Flip so obviously and so honorlessly to laud a guy who took it to his wife?

*as an aside, I’m not near death. This is just really bugging me man.

What really chaps the ass of the rethugs re the ousted Ukrainian ambassador

and other aides who are currently being called to testify?

It’s demonstrating that a women can in fact hold power over them, and force them to her will.

This is something that they simply cannot abide. I want to see more.
Posted by Arthur_Frain | Thu Nov 7, 2019, 04:21 PM (1 replies)

Every other ad online right now?!?!

All extreme right wing propaganda. Seen the ad for the fake news “epoch times” now several times a day. Gut heave inducing lies.

Think the waters getting a little hot for them now, and this is going to get way worse.

Going to set the same thing up again? Is there any way we can evolve?


From the article, which is not long, but has some other great points:

“Romney is shrugging it all off. On Thursday evening, he hosted a fundraiser for the Utah Republican Party, an organization that's been plagued by financial and organizational troubles. Within the state’s political circles, the event was considered particularly noteworthy because conservatives formerly involved in the state GOP apparatus vocally opposed Romney’s 2018 Senate bid”

Elsewhere they opine to former donors “the water is warm, jump back in”, meaning they expect this political turbulence to blow over pretty damned quickly, and the establishment republicans are getting ready to go back to business as usual.

Looks to me from what’s on the plate with the Democratic hopefuls that that’s probably what we can expect from them too. Too bad there isnt a real firebrand in there like AOC.

My question is "Will it backfire on us again?"

In the run-up to the 2016 elections, one of the things that was remarked upon was all of the free publicity that trump was getting from the networks because of his celebrity status and the can’t-look-away-from-the-train-wreck-debacle that he has embraced in every public appearance. Well, here we go again. Only this time I notice that CNN at least is being much more aggressive in the fact checking department, going so far as to split screen graphics with debunking bulletpoints, and going directly to evidence (such as the IG today saying the whistleblower complaint does align with the transcripts, despite what trump said this morning) when they have it that can prove the blatant bullshit that is constantly mouth-sharting out of trumps hole.

Here’s my problem with this.

First and foremost, we know that the 20-25% who identify as trump supporters don’t care, don’t want to know, and will vote for him no matter what. This is a given, and you can’t change it.

So I wonder about the remainder. I imagine there’s a 20-25% group who would not vote for trump no matter what. Not even if aliens invaded and we needed to rally behind somebody. I’m in that group. But the truth is that this is where we have been since 1776. There is a core with one worldview, and a core with an opposite worldview. Back then, key individuals managed to bury their differences long enough to provide us with the framework of the constitution, which although it’s shown some cracks over the years, is a pretty amazing accomplishment.

There are facts about human nature that we cannot escape. Goebbels knew a great deal about it, and how if you repeat a lie often enough it will outlast the truth, and the trump campaign has spent the last 3 years laying the groundwork of “fake news” so they have a ready made exit strategy. Not that it’s true, not that there’s any “facts” there, and never mind that CNN now is fighting back, there’s a portion of the population for whom the damage has been done, and is continuing, with respect to having sown the seeds of doubt in them about the news media. And these are not trumps base, these are above and beyond that.

If 40-50% of us are already decided, that’s means that the results of this upcoming election lie with the remaining 50-60%. I’m spitballing here, and this portion of my post is purely conjecture, which I freely admit, but of that remaining 50-60% it would make sense to me, that 20-25% is also divided to one side or the other, but not for the same reasons, not as dedicated, and open to voting one way or the other, although their inherent lean is predetermined by culture, geography, etc. (Although one would think the last 3 years were compelling enough, this is about the propaganda that the trumps use, and the thoughtless advocacy that free publicity ends up being in that situation) That means that really, this election will be decided by some 10% of the remaining voters.

So I like what CNN is doing with fact checking, I like their introduction of ads with the apple/banana touting their dedication, but I wonder if it’s not going to end up with the same result as last time? Not that they are going to avoid covering him, that too would be irresponsible, but I don’t see any clear solution here.
Posted by Arthur_Frain | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:46 PM (9 replies)

For all those waiting on impeachment. For all those poo-poohing the condemning resolutions.

As always, there are many different tribes. I note that even here on DU, faction (sorry Tom, we’ve all succumbed to faction here in the future), runs rampant. I’ve also noted in the past that the conservatives always were better at marching in lockstep than the liberals, and in the end, it’s why we are facing a SCOTUS that will hold progress moribund for decades, amongst other challenges.

But here’s the thing. Condemning resolutions really aren’t going to do a damned thing. Going on record blah, blah, blah. Really? Neither is impeachment. Because no way will the senate vote to remove. It’s an exercise in futility, which won’t even really end up making you feel better.

Lest we forget, these are the morons that in the 1980s, in response to NASA’s alarm that climate change may be something we need to worry about, called Michael Crichton to respond, not any climate scientist with any standing, and in the ensuing 30 years, what exactly have they accomplished concretely about it? Not one damned thing really. I only trot this out as one example, one can easily find many more.

All of you folks who are saying “so and so has access to classified info, I don’t, I can’t make an accurate assessment”, well, they’re convinced that they won’t ever have to “show us the money”, and that’s the one thing that they’re terrified of doing, because if they do we will see that their job, their only job, is to cover for one another.

I really think we have entered a period of time where I’m just hoping the government will do as little damage as possible. I end up seeing nothing but attempts to prop up the status quo.

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