Fights

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I’m sorry to have missed yesterday, but Dan and I were figuring the layout of wood floors and buying a table saw and … other stuff.

How many of you remember that we bought this house partly because of a library with a wall of shelves going floor to ceiling 14 feet tall and eleven feet wide?  Good, Good.  This is why we held on through thick and thin on a short sale that went south four times before miraculously coming back onboard.

… which I thought was really good when we figured out it took everything, with one of the spare bookcases for my remaining fiction-on-paper (mostly signed volumes, and a few books not yet in electronic) and a couple of shelves for my brag shelf.

That is, until younger son moved and needed to store things in our garage and we went and got the remaining unopened…

WHY did the movers put FORTY boxes of books in the garage.  And, dear Lord, they’re all research and I can’t just donate them.

For the last year and a bit, the library has been unusable, with piles of boxes blocking access even to what is already shelved.

Since I’ve been wasting three weeks in Home Improvement TM (from the POV of writing, of course, a waste.  Maybe?) and since the library is actually REALLY important in a household of writers, three of which tend to the historical and sometimes need quick references, I started browsing craigslist for ANYTHING.  What I was willing to take was really tall bookcases to replace the loose ones we have, so they MIGHT take most of the books and then I’d do another cull.

What I found was a library system of matched bookcases that hook to each other and to the wall.  They’re eight feet and a bit tall, and fourteen feet of wall space.  Of course, they’re not real wood (we couldn’t afford them if they were.)  OTOH their not being real wood means I can paint them white, so while they don’t match our wall-library, they’ll kind of blend in.

The problem is painting over paper veneer TM is hard because it bubbles up.  So I have them a coat of shellack, sanded, then a coat of white paint to about half of them.  I’m hoping to finish the others today and be able to write afterwards.  Thing is, if we get them downstairs I can indenture sons when I catch two of them in the house, and get things set up.  Older son’s lovely future bride can help me shelve them rationally, since she wants/needs the use of the library anyway.

So, is this writers’ block gone insane?  Um… no  This stuff has needed doing since we moved in two years ago, and we’ve been putting it off because I lacked energy. But the longer you put these things off, the worst chaos multiplies.  So… Taking care of them.

Weirdly a side effect has been that I’m positively hungry to write for the first time in years.  Husband things that I needed a break from just writing, writing writing, and since a lot of the house remodeling TM has required my creative strengths, I’m still using my creative mind but not in words, and that unblocked things.

The urgency is finishing before the snow flies, not just for better ventilation, but because I’m using two bays of the garage to work in, and cars with ice/snow are not a good thing.

But except for today it SHOULD be evening/Sunday work from here on.  Which is good, actually.  Evening work gives me some exercise when I’ve been sitting on duff.

The bad side?  I was so happy to be done with refinishing crap, to have left all that in the past.  The good side?  Oh, boy.  To begin with, Dyce gets “Death In Marble” and “Maquetery Murder” and “The Body In The  Painted Library.” They’ve been writing themselves in my head, so when I finish A Well Inlaid Death, there’s those.

I won’t lie too, that it’s a good thing for this work to keep me away from the news, as I’m gibberingly insane with fear of the elections.

Look, by the mood of the electorate, the left should lose big.  But…

But motor voter has eroded our votes for decades.  Not just by registering people who have no right to vote, no.  Also because it gives a LARGE pool of people who are unlikely to vote and who can be exploited by impostor-voting or vote-by-mail.  Since some of our states are mandatory vote by mail… well…

And then there’s funny schemes like West Virginia Vote-by-phone.  While a warm body a vote is not the best thing ever, it’s better than what we have, which is one name one vote, regardless of whether the name is entirely fictitious or someone else’s.

But the nation schools, media and entertainment have — against all examples from the rest of the world — convinced a significant portion of the nation’s women that they live in an oppressive patriarchy and everyone is always out to get them and keep them down.

It’s a perfect form of gaslighting, because it goes like this: You don’t feel oppressed?  Your mind has been colonized by the patriarchy.  THAT’s how oppressed you are.

Women have been encouraged to consider their every failure a fault of the “the system” and to obsess over every slight, every look, every peel of laughter (whether directed at them or not) and every maybe, perhaps, half remembered grope.

I watched these shabies become convinced that Kavanaugh was somehow responsible for that boy in fourth grade who either kissed them or didn’t kiss them when they didn’t want want it or wanted it, and who SOMEHOW was a patriarch.

Yes, most of them are incredibly funny, including their obsession with bad-porn Handmaiden’s Tail Tale. And yet, there’s a lot of them, their vote counts as much as mine or yours, and they’ve been convinced a vote against Republicans is a “brave” and courageous thing, which means something that will give them good feels.

Yes, they’ll vote themselves and their menfolk into shackles for the feels.  They’ve been propagandized into imbecility.

But the media isn’t reporting the left’s crazier words and most corrupt actions. Or the physical attacks on political opponents.  If they were disgust would be universal.  But they’re not.

Look times really are achanging and the worm really is turning.  It’s all over the world, including Brazil — BRAZIL!  — and it’s a definite noticeable new trend.  Something, to quote Wretchard, has finally woken and is fighting back against the forces of dissolution.

But we who fight for it are at an incredible disadvantage, even with the little help the new media gives us.  The left has almost swallowed the world entire.  We are fighting without the use of our legs and with one arm pinned down.

Our victories are AMAZING.  (Kind of like my averaging two books a year while so hypothyroidal that I couldn’t remember little things like most of my first language.)

But we’re still at a disadvantage, in voting, in reporting, in education.

We need room.  A lot of room.  Like 25 years worth of room.

We will get it, but in snatches.  Because the other side will score wins too.  But their wins, even if brief will be devastating and things could get very rough. How rough?  Well, consider the violence already happening, and social media already shutting dissident views out.

I hope this is not one of the defeats.  The man we have as president besides being not-ideal (who is) is a deal maker, and if he gets the opposite party in the legislature…  Well, think about it.

And the left really, truly, is crazier than I’ve seen it in decades.  They remind me of the left in Portugal at the worst times.

So, it’s good I’m away from the news.  Tough after today, I need to buckle in and work towards the elections.  There’s insty, there’s PJM and there’s this blog.

Small potatoes, at least the last two, but every pebble causes a ripple.

And that’s the best I can do.

If we lose it’s not the end, it’s not even the beginning of the end, it’s not even the end of the beginning.  But it’s a set back and it will cost us in wealth and lives, and make the fight even harder for us and our children and grandchildren.

Let’s try not to lose.

 

336 responses to “Fights

  1. Weirdly a side effect has been that I’m positively hungry to write for the first time in years.

    Yippee! I look forward to seeing what comes of it.

    • I as well

    • So glad to hear this! Having one’s world in chaos is mentally and physically exhausting, but it takes energy to fix it. It makes me feel good just hearing you describe your progress (okay, I may have a thing about great bookshelves …)

  2. I won’t lie too, that it’s a good thing for this work to keep me away from the news, as I’m gibberingly insane with fear of the elections.

    I also could not take the news at any length. I have been working my way through Taxi. As it is coming to an end I am debating whether to start next on Barney Miller or The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Right now Barney Miller has the edge.

    I read that sometime in mid-October was classic novel week. I decided to make that a theme for my reading, as it will force me out of current affairs. So far Jane Austen has been a most pleasant companion.

  3. Social media closing down opposition views should be corrected pretty quickly; they are protected from lawsuits because they are not editors….so if they edit, they aren’t protected from lawsuits.

    I’m looking forward to seeing that lay out.

    The advantage the Left has through vote fraud could go away fairly quickly if Trump decides to go after them on it. They have no way to deal with Trump. They’re used to people who back off when the Left screeches at them…and he just doesn’t. This is another one I want to see play out. The ‘Shrillary won the popular vote’ meme has been aggravating my ulcer since the day after the election.

    Of course, if the ‘Blue Wave’ actually happens, we could be in a lot of short term trouble…but I’m not convinced that the Left hasn’t been whistling past the graveyard.

    • All indications right now are that the Republicans will do well in the Senate. The question is what will happen in the House.

      I’m hoping that we keep it, because we *really* do not need the complications and problems what will arise when the Dems in the House start filing impeachment charges.

      • Any non-Democrat (not just Republican) must win an election not merely beyond the margin of error, but so far beyond the margin of fraud that it can’t be “corrected.”

      • there has apparently been five and a half million dollars spent on attack ads in my House district alone.

      • Or just do their typical oppo research via govt. I have no idea how those donor lists got out. Or just the same as 06-08 where it was sign this or dead soldiers are your fault.

      • PeeLousy was on TV yesterday saying that she’d be able to get her agenda through because she can bargain with threatened investigations. “Rule of law” my ass.

    • I want to see this as well. Wasn’t there a link on Insty this week that there are more voters registered in the US than there are adults counted in the last census?
      The Daughter Unit and I went in to vote today, at the early voting location. (Local library branch, around the corner.) Very glad to show them our voter registration cards and picture ID.

      • I’m advising everyone to vote as late as possible, so the left won’t know how many votes to manufacture.

        • Patrick Chester

          I usually vote on election day.

        • Also as late as I possibly can. Sigh, this is the first year that I will also be carrying a weapon to my polling place – this being a Senate race that they think they have a chance at. I will not be at all surprised to see intimidation tactics used in my precinct (which tends heavily red).

          • Um…. Better check state laws for polling places, especially if you vote at a school, church, etc.

            • William O. B'Livion

              Concealed means concealed.

            • Said nothing about a firearm, did I? (Any case, yes, one would be right out, both poll law and where one can carry at any time.)

              Not that that matters – if the nation, or even this part of it, gets to the point where one must take deadly force to the polling booth – the issue will have become irrelevant, IMHO. Not there yet, don’t ever want to arrive.

              • then make sure you understand relevant ‘weapon’ laws, because some say ‘weapon’ not forearm.

                • Specifically, a “mobility aid.” Which, as far as I know, cannot be prohibited (if one were to try, it would be an interesting test case under both Constitutional grounds and ADA statute).

                  No, no sharp pointy insides. But it is a cane that I inherited from my grandfather; solid, strong, and heavy, not a modern lightweight polymer thing.

                  By the stories, he used it at least once himself, to good effect, way back when he owned the snooker parlor some 80+ years ago.

          • I got the new “Enhanced” CHCL a couple of months ago, which allows me to carry at the polls. So I didn’t have to disarm when I went to vote earlier today.

            I admit I chickened out and gave them my driver’s license for ID instead of my CHCL as usual, just in case someone saw me print and panicked or something.

        • I will be voting via absentee ballot. In Illinois. So there’s that.

      • We’re now once again required to show state-issued photo ID in order to vote. Apparently the Federal court decision against us was overturned.

        I’m absolutely fine with that…

    • I keep running into voter-fraud-ring-broken-up stories here and there, but they never seem to make the big time news.

      Even the California “accidental” registration stuff isn’t hitting the really big news, at the top of the hour or morning radio or even much of national talk radio.

      • It breaks the narrative of “there is no fraud”/”fraud is inconsequential” narrative that the media and rulers are selling. News is narrative.

        • Always, always narrative. And up to now, they’ve gotten away with it. If the Republicans can hold onto both houses (and maybe even if they can’t) I think Trump’s next move should be an aggressive investigation of any dodgy returns. If he can put some spine into the Republicans, he can make a big noise. Bigger than the MSM can stifle.

          It’s beyond time we killed the ‘Hillary won the popular vote’ meme DEAD. Make it ‘Hillary didn’t manage to steal enough votes, she really is incompetent’ instead.

          • He tried to do that after 2016, but a bunch of states, including red ones, made a big stink about denying his commission access to public voting records.

          • I’m not normally a fan of federal centralization, but voter registration needs to be one of those federal things (can’t be under state control due to multi-state registrations; there needs to be a central clearinghouse). Anyway, a way to reregister all the legitimate breathing voters: come the 2020 census, revert to door-to-door and register eligible adults as they go (requiring proof of citizenship).

            • Voter registration should NOT be taken under federal control. I can’t trust the Democrats with it, and Democrats will probably be in charge of the federal government again at some point.

        • Und Narratif uber alles! (ugh)

    • I’m looking forward to how such a thing could turn out, but that would require quite a bit of lawsuits over in the US, and most of the targeted people tend not to have the funds for such a lawsuit. Further, given that they’re squeezing on crowdfunding aimed at conservative beneficiaries, such resistances will be even harder to support.

    • I think they are legally defined as non editors regardless. We will have to break that.

  4. Something that has occurred to me…

    If Ace (from Ace of Spades HQ) offers you advice on your shelves… ignore it!

    (in-joke from that blog)

  5. RE: voting. I will.

    Someone in our area has been running a campaign of badly designed negative commercials against the Democrat opponent; even buying web-space in which the adds persist in covering content. I was so frustrated disgusted that I informed The Spouse it made me want to vote for the woman they were attacking.

    The Spouse asked if I wanted Nancy Polosi as speaker of the house. NO!

    Fortunately I have now seen the pro-commercials for the woman — Oh heavens, what impossible nonsense she is spouting.

    This has left me wondering who thought the attack adds and their placement were a good thing. If I thought that the woman was smarter I might come up with an argument that she did it to herself to garner sympathy and create annoyance towards her opponent’s campaign. Not likely. It just depresses me that this is apparently what has become the tenor of political argument.

    • The whole “Politics used to be more civil” argument is bushwa, based on carefully selecting an atypical period for comparison. Politics for the period from WWII to the 2016 election were ‘civil’ because the Left had the majority of means of getting a message out. And from the late ’80’s on it became less civil because ways were bring found around the Left’s stranglehold, returning Politics to its natural level.

      Go look at some 18th Century political cartoons, if you don’t believe me.

      It’s similar to the way we view a ‘White Christmas’ as normal because our conception of Christmas is based to a great degree on the imagery in A CHRISTMAS CHAROL, and Charles Dickens was a small boy in a decade when 8 out of 10 Christmases were snowy.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        Actually, I suspect New England Christmases are more of a factor. 😉

        • There was a cooling period recorded which began in the 1770s. As a result for a number of years there was ice skating in mid-winter on the Delaware river at Philadelphia. (Consider also the descriptions of the conditions during the winter of 1776 in Valley Forge.) If the winters were such that one could skate in Philadelphia, it would have been more-so as you went up into New England.

          (BTW: There was another cooling period which began around 1850.)

          • Consider also that they moved cannon over the frozen Hudson around Manhattan during the Revolutionary War.

            • As a result of the cold and the efforts by Henry Knox and his men the American forces at the Siege of Boston received 60 tons of heavy artillery from Fort Ticonderoga. Along the way they crossed both the Hudson and Connecticut Rivers, which were frozen over. (I believe that on the way one canon did break through the ice, but was recovered.)

              • This period was still within the Little Ice Age which we didn’t start coming out of until the second half of the 19th Century.

            • Terry Sanders

              I’ve seen photos of logging sleds on the Hudson (I believe) the logs were stacked some twenty feet high.

              It used to be routine in the nothern states to have several heavy-duty sledges on a farm. It was so much easier to move stuff with runners on frozen ground than to use wheels on mud the rest of the year.

              In one of the Leonidas Witherall mysteries from the Thirties, one of the characters hopped a pung to get home quicker one winter day. Even that late, towns used sleds to get work crews, etc. around in mid-winter.

          • Yep. Last time Finns died of starvation in droves because the crops had failed repeatedly due to cold years were 1866 – 1868. There has been estimations that about one tenth of the population died. And yep, people starved in the rest of the Europe too.

            Now it seems that the climate researchers are putting the year 1850 as the last “natural” climate year and comparing what has been going after that to it.

            If it was – HOORAY FOR THE GLOBAL WARMING!!!! Nobody in their senses could possibly want that climate back.

            • Of course most Finns today don’t remember that bit of history as it was barely mentioned in the history classes when I was in school, and possibly not at all now.

        • I live in Maine, prior to that (1987 to 2011) I lived in CT or briefly MA. The likelihood of sticking snow prior to January is slim. The chance of it falling (pardon the pun) around December 25th is much smaller. There’s a REASON all the jewelry stores do the whole “If it snows on Christmas Day we’ll give you your fabulously expensive diamond ring for free!” promotions.

      • Benjamin Franklin Bache and his anti-Federalist Philadelphia Aurora? They knew how to mix and sling what the horses left in the streets.

        I am complaining about intrusive sound bites full of empty blather signifying nothing as apposed to vitriolic and often specious attacks.

        (The latter was thrown at Kavanaugh — thankfully that failed and may even have back fired for them, we will see November.)

      • LBJ had a famous ad where it was FOR SURE that Barry Goldwater was going to nuke small children!

      • There have been two “civil” elections for POTUS (although the Vice President slot was rather a bone of contention). 1788 and 1792, to be precise.

        Come 1796, it was “My opponent will sell us back to the King!” and “My opponent will set up the guillotines in the public square!” (I leave the names out deliberately; if there are any lurkers here who cannot instantly identify the candidates involved, you need an exercise for the student. (None of the regulars, of course, need such.))

        I have heard of one election, for the Vermont State House I believe, that is civil this year. Apparently the two candidates have not run a single negative advertisement (and they are apparently ideological polar opposites). After the last debate, they also had the audience stay over while they performed a duet on their guitar and cello. This was on the radio this morning, but I cannot find a link, dag-nab-it. It’s also said that several people have campaign signs for both candidates in their front yards. So take this as a “man bites dog” story, although I suppose it is possible.

    • A few years ago I received a mailer for the Democratic candidate that seemed designed to make Republicans think that the candidate was the Republican candidate in the election. I’m not sure why someone would do that, since I live in a very Democratic district in California. But that appeared to be the intent of the mailer.

      Also note that the mailer appeared to be sent out by a group not directly affiliated with the candidate in question.

      • The arguments against the Oregon initiatives I had to double check to make sure I was reading the against side. My response was “your point?” Yea, I think that is what they intended. Although a couple were only “just the fat cats were going to get the benefit.” Uhhh, no.

        • My local rag has been Dem friendly since I’ve been reading it, but today it has recommended the Republican for Governor. Good thing I was sitting down when I read that.

      • Is it just me, or did campaign signs once nearly always feature the candidate’s Party? I understand why the Democrats don’t do it, but why do the Republicans?

        • Feather Blade

          The few Republican signs I’ve seen around here have the party emblem in some discreetly visible location.

          Something that amused me this last weekend: in the local university homecoming parade, both Republicans and Democrats were represented. The Democrats were a group of about 30 people. marching on foot in a group. With signs and banners, of course.
          The Republicans were a group of possibly 20 people on a small fleet of large vehicles, including a dump truck and a flatbed semi carrying pallets of lumber. (It’s possible that there were more people, but the vehicles were in the way.) The lumber truck also had more candidate signs than I’ve seen at all around town.

          I don’t know if it was intentional, but it certainly emphasized the “jobs not mobs” angle for the Republicans.

      • It seems relatively common that the dems don’t tout their party (none of the ones running in my area do), especially where trying to flip since usually relatively red in terms of actual wants (not handouts for all, not needles for junkies, not gun bans etc). It’s how the Pennsylvania seat was flipped earlier snd part of how Moore was.

        Other areas going blue ate mostly from the locust flow. Snowbirds or californication.

  6. You can tell they are losing because they are pushing harder and harder away from just reporting facts if they are inconvenient – as just one example, yesterday Insty had a link to a Gallup story and poll where they were clearly shocked and saddened to report that the majority in the U.S. “now opposes” a ban on semi-autoloader rifles, even when Gallup tries to bias the result by adding the term “assault rifles” to the polling question they ask.

    But even though the headline uses the word “now”, as if this is a new and troubling development, the graph in the report shows that this result is on the historical trend, with the majority in the U.S. having opposed any such ban since 2008 with one anomalous blip down in 2017 when the result was 49% opposed but still in the plurality – and the “No” side has been in the plurality consistently since 2006.

    But the headline isn’t “Consistent Decade-long Opposition to Semiauto Ban Continues” – it’s “Snapshot: Majority in U.S. Now Oppose Ban on Assault Rifles”.

    They have to try and move the needle. Because they are losing.

    • The left and the media, but I repeat myself, have for a very long time tried desperately to conflate the terms semi auto, assault rifle, and machine gun in the minds of those of the public unfamiliar with firearms.
      And as is invariably the case when they find themselves losing they double down to the point of ridiculousness. During the Kavanaugh hearings Diane Feinstein actually tried to argue with him about the term “common use” as referenced in the Heller court decision, claiming that private ownership of in excess of five million AR pattern rifles did not signify common use because use and ownership were different.
      Would also point out that the Dems took a terrible drubbing in the 1994 midterms due at least in part because they came close after the enactment of the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban, which having no effect on safety or crime was allowed to sunset without renewal after ten years had passed.

      • I think it’s important to note that the gun grabbers are generally careful not to use the term “assault rifle”. They know that means something very specific, and that semi-automatic rifles by definition don’t meet the requirements. Instead, they use the similar term “assault weapons”, which sounds scary but doesn’t really mean anything. And as a result, they can sling it at whatever their current target of opportunity is.

        • Exactly. The actual poll question Gallup used was: “Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns, known as assault rifles?”

          I thought it notable that Gallup didn’t even use the standard “assault weapon” fig leaf made-up terminology, explicitly using the incorrect term in their question and reporting.

          • Gallup was converged decades ago.

            Anyone who puts their faith in their polls ought to reconsider…

          • Nevertheless, the question contains a flat out lie. No semi-automatic gun is correctly called an assault rifle. And assault rifle is specifically a fully automatic weapon, though not intended for extended auto-fire (the barrels can’t take it).

            I own no guns, and can count the number of times I have fired one on my fingers, and I know that.

            • an assault rifle is a select fire semi-automatic weapon in an intermediate rifle caliber cartridge.

              • No, that statement is a contradiction in and of itself.
                A select fire weapon has the capability to function either in semi-auto, full automatic, or burst modes.
                And per the firearm safety act of 1986 private American citizens are forbidden from ownership of any select fire weapons manufactured or imported after that date. In fact ownership of so called machine guns is limited to only those already registered with the ATF prior to enactment of that legislation.

        • Patrick Chester

          Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center coined the phrase. Even wrote an essay in the early 90s explaining why. I.e., things like handguns are too useful in self defense to be targeted so they made up “assault weapons” and did their usual exploitation of fear/hysteria thing to target those.

          To make a long story short (too late!) Josh is a dishonest weasel.

        • If I were to attack someone with a screwdriver, it would be an “assault screwdriver”.

          • Only if it is black and has a folding shoulder thing that goes up.

          • “Assault” is attacking another person with intent to do harm. “Weapon” is any implement that can be used in such an attack.

            Rocks are assault weapons. Actually, just about anything but your bare body parts are assault weapons. (Yes, that includes most articles of clothing – had a friend once who went through a “what can we use this for” phase. Useful search phrase – “sarah hoyt hat pin”…)

            • I seem to recall a story that included the defensive use of a steel re-enforced stiletto heel …

              • The car fight early on in the movie Atomic Blond would be a perfect example. Funny thing about stiletto heels, they pretty much have to be metal reinforced as the tip can exert thousands of pounds of force per square inch. I recall that being a particular challenge for aeronautical engineers in designing the floors in passenger aircraft.

                • the tip can exert thousands of pounds of force per square inch.

                  “Like being stepped on by a very pointy elephant” as Pratchett wrote

              • The “Man from Mars” and his defensive ring of “Amazons” is the one I recall, going into the meeting with Secretary Douglas.

                The friend wasn’t one to wear stilettos, though (grin). One thing I do recall is how much force there is in the waist end of a pair of soaking wet denim jeans when you swing them like a bat. Goodly dent made in the side of a steel housing.

          • Wasn’t there a thing about assault melon ballers over at Larry’s? Or was it tactical melon ballers?

    • Its the issue of when the public is told just what the laws are and realizing that its much much stricter than what they are told the new, tighter controls are. Same as taxes. The US tax system is both remarkably lopsided to take from the top and designed to maximize the loopholes for favored entities, but everyone thinks that when taxes are cut its only for rich.

      The propaganda has been more effective than could have been dreamed.

  7. Forgive me for inflicting this on everyone, but here is my worst nightmare.
    The Democrats win back the House, it’s within statistical probability, particularly if they escalate the cheating and voter fraud.
    Nancy Pelosi regains her position as Speaker of the House.
    Of course the House will vote for articles of impeachment, won’t ultimately succeed in Trump’s removal, but the process will interfere with everything else his administration might hope to accomplish.
    And here’s the really scary part. It will occur to the extreme radical left wing fringe that all it would take is for a truly brave activist (ie a bat chit crazy suicide bomber) to take out both Trump and Pence, and by order of succession Pelosi would become POTUS.
    Anyone want to cover a bet that her first official act would not be to appoint Hillary as her vice? Only uncertainty in this scenario is whether Nancy would voluntarily step down, or herself suffer a mysterious event that lifted HRC into her rightful place as Queen, er POTUS.
    And yes I do hang around you lot far too much for my own good. Dang fiction writers.

    • That IS a nightmare.  Still, I cannot help but think that Nancy Pelosi has proven to be a tough political survivor and would know better than to nominate HRC as her Vice President.

      • Hell, Barry the Simple was smart enough to know that putting Hillary a heartbeat away from the White House is bad for said heartbeat.

      • Yeah. She’ll nominate Occasional Cortex.

        • Aka “She Guevara”.

        • Having considered this further … She is a prime example of why conservatives and classical liberals should never have allowed the universities and schools of education be taken over by socialists and Marxists.

          • It was always a puzzlement to me as to why this even happened, as well as how. Socialists and Marxists operate off of excuses voiced in reasonable tones, not using actual reason, and should never have been allowed to escape the cages of discussion in the philosophy department.

            • It has been postulated that conservatives, rather than isolating themselves in the ivory towers of academia wanted to be out in the world doing and making things.

              But still, to be employed in shaping the future is a mighty big thing to be doing, isn’t it?

              • The best teachers are the ones who are able to show their work – either by making the abstract accessible, or entertaining, or both, or demonstrate in a way that sticks in the minds of the students. I’ve noticed that those who are of conservative bent tends to be passionate about such things for the same reason – you have to do stuff- versus the far more distant ivory towers of philosophy/social studies where all you tend to do is postulate, mental exercise, discuss. I’m not sure if I’m explaining my impressions properly, but to me most of education has a lot of ‘doing’ in it, versus ‘head in the clouds’ philosophical and moral abstracts that to me, tended to fly off into unrealistic idealism untempered by reality. Kind of … I guess the difference in the asking of “What is the wind” versus a very abstract open-ended “Why is the wind?”

                Mind, I don’t include mathematical work in the ‘head in the clouds’, because it’s math, and requires quite a bit of reason and logic, and also requires the proofs.

            • I seem to remember statements to the effect that many of the early leftists making their way into academia were actual scholars. However, once they got into positions to determine hiring practices, the ideology of the applicants began having more and more weight, regardless of scholarly capabilities.

      • scott2harrison

        It is a nightmare, because you cannot tell me that in that scenario, the gloves would come off from the other side and no Democratic politician would be safe. Especially not Pelosi and whoever she nominated.

        • The more hopeful side of me says that the only way that could be avoided would be by machining someone from same party in. Granted it’d be Kasich or Flake but about only chance.

          And that optimism is a very small part of me

    • Oh, imagine the catfight that would erupt when the delegation headed by Bill tells POTUS Pelosi to depart so The Dowager Empress of Chappaqua can take her rightful place. That would be one for the ages.

      Also, I think the Speakership would be a major and real object of conflict in the House Democrat Caucus precisely because, in the event of the left’s delusional dual impeachments, it would suddenly matter so very much – there are plenty of D power brokers who would not ever want POTUS Nancy Pelosi.

      There are already D pundits cautioning that President Pence would be the proximate result of successfully impeaching Trump, with “Be careful what you ask for” the prominent message.

      • Pelosi can apparently bring in the donation bucks. But there’s also video evidence that she’s starting to suffer from something similar to Alzheimers.

        Also worth noting – the militant feminists would be up in arms if there was a serious attempt to unseat Pelosi as leader of the Dems in the House – particularly if the Dems had just regained their majority.

        • That goes back two years, to when she had to be reminded on a frequent basis that Trump was president and not Bush. In a way its sad because it’s pretty obvious when you listen to her longer discussions and lectures that her wiring’s not connecting the way it used to.

          • I’m not convinced that Her Shrillness is in a lot better shape.

            • No. She had some neurological problems back when she was SecState, and I have strong suspicions based on some conversations with people who saw her before “the fall” that the fall came after the problem developed rather than the other way around.

        • But there’s also video evidence that she’s starting to suffer from something similar to Alzheimers.

          So not just Senator Dianne Feinstein?

          Maybe it is just an environmental effect of living in Southern California and Washington, D.C.?

          • Somewhat OT, but this just in:

            Justice Sandra DeeDay O’Connor announces that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s . . . *Another* SCOTUS appointment by the orange-haired one – watch lefties’ heads go all ‘splody. }:-)

          • Pelousy is from San Fran, and so is Fineswine.

            • Everyone who has experienced it will affirm that Southern California think has been spread beyond its original borders, infecting wherever former residents have moved.

              • No, San Fran is WORSE.

                • Yup. The Bay Area dominates the state’s politics. The statewide offices are all filled by Dems from the Bay Area. And it’s San Francisco that has the horror stories about human poop and used needles on the sidewalks. That’s not to say that LA doesn’t have its share of problems. But the Bay Area is going downhill much faster.

          • Note that neither Pelosi, nor Feinstein live in Southern California. Both live in San Francisco, and have for some time. Feinstein in particular got her political career jump-started by taking advantage of Harvey Milk’s murder.

      • Whether or not the Ds wanted Pelosi as POTUS she would rise to the role should President Trump be removed and then Vice President, now President Pence without having succeeded in getting a replacement V.P. approved be also removed.

        From Wiki:

        The United States presidential line of succession is the order in which officials of the United States federal government discharge the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States if the incumbent president becomes incapacitated, dies, resigns, or is removed from office (by impeachment by the House of Representatives and subsequent conviction by the Senate) during their four-year term of office. Presidency succession is referred to multiple times in the U.S. Constitution – Article II, Section 1, Clause 6, as well as the 12th Amendment, 20th Amendment, and 25th Amendment.  The Article II succession clause authorizes Congress to provide for a line of succession beyond the vice president, which it has done on three occasions. The current Presidential Succession Act was adopted in 1947, and last revised in 2006.

        The line of succession follows the order of Vice President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, President pro tempore of the Senate, and then the eligible heads of federal executive departments who form the president’s Cabinet. The Presidential Succession Act refers specifically to officers beyond the vice president acting as president rather than becoming president when filling a vacancy. The Cabinet currently has 15 members, of which the Secretary of State is first in line; the other Cabinet secretaries follow in the order in which their department (or the department of which their department is the successor) was created. Those heads of department who are constitutionally ineligible to be elected to the presidency are also disqualified from assuming the powers and duties of the presidency through succession. Since 1789, the vice president has succeeded to the presidency intra-term on nine occasions, eight times due to the incumbent’s death, and once due to resignation. No one lower in the line of succession has yet been called upon to act as president.

        • Sure – but she has to win the Dem Caucus election as Speaker first, and then not be ousted when it comes to that point.

          Imagine if you will the Democratic Caucus power brokers and movers and shakers private smoke-filled meeting room, the week before the Senate is due to vote in the second impeachment trial in the past year, to oust President Pence for the High Crime and Misdemeanor of Being A Member Of The Wrong Party.

          And if you happen to be wearing your tinfoil hat wrong side out today, also note that the Constitution is silent on whether the Speaker of the House has to be a member of the House of Representatives, or even of Congress, stating only (Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5) “The House of Representatives shall chuse (sic) their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”

          So here comes the Senate vote. First thing in the morning Mike Pence makes his famous impassioned “I come not to praise Trump, but to bury him” speech – “For they are all Good Men” – to the Senate empaneled for the trial, and over on the other side of the capitol before lunchtime the House, by acclamation not at all due to the tanks outside and battle-rattle troops keeping order up in the gallery, elects 4-star General Gaius Iulius Octavian Kaiser-Roll as Speaker, and at 3 in the afternoon the Senate drop-kicks Pence off into his helicopter and there you go, Bob’s your Uncle, and Gaius is your President.

          Don’t laugh – I almost had them make The Dowager Empress Speaker, but much like the entire electorate back in 2016, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

          • William O. B'Livion

            This country *MIGHT* survive going after Trump. He’s been a prick to a lot of people and walked very close to a lot of legal lines.

            If they turn and go after Pence–without a live boy or a dead girl–then whoever took the presidency after that would…

            It wouldn’t last long.

    • Here’s an idea; the Democrats squeak into the House, on the basis of sever dodgy recounts, and Trump raises hell. Trump charges the Democrat National Committee with massive vote fraud, going back decades, which can probably be demonstrated, and sends investigators headlong into the districts that ‘recounted’ the Dems into the House. There’ll be psychics, and protesters, and dancing chickens in every corner!

      If some Democrat operative tries to assassinate Trump, I confidently expect that Trump will be armored and would not be surprised if he was armed. Another circus!

      • Regarding Trump and why he makes heads explode: He is not a tame Republican.

        • Glenn Reynolds has a great op-ed in USA Today (from today or yesterday I believe) talking about PC Culture, the number of people who oppose it, and the fact that Trump got elected in large part because he pushes back against PC culture, rather than caving to a vocal and increasingly violent minority the way establishment Republicans and others do. Of course vocal, violent minorities have successfully seized power in the past (see Bolshevik revolution). The minute we think it can’t happen here is the moment that it becomes possible if not likely it will happen here.

      • William O. B'Livion

        > and would not be surprised if he was armed.

        I would *shocked* if he was.

        He is in a lot of ways a Liberal New Yorker (not a progressive, Liberal). He was born raised and lived most of his life inside The City–one of the most anti-gun enclaves of the US.

        The second rule of of personal protection is Your Principle Doesn’t Stick Around To Fight. Depending on who they are you MIGHT (if they prove competent) allow them a holdout Just In Case (though doubtful), but generally they do not get a gun, and as soon as things LOOK sketchy they’re surrounded by meat shields and moved.

        So no, he’s not armed.

  8. On the news being depressing and infuriating: Caravans of migrants.

    …Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’ve just had the month from hell on top of several bad years. But the whole idea that people apparently think they can get away with this makes me want to set the entire Mexican border on fire.

    • “OK, no wall – we’ll just dig a ditch and fill it with oil. Why? No reason. But it’s not a wall, so you should be happy.”

      • *Wry G* I suspect Texas would be only too happy to provide….

      • A few mirrors, some of those SDI lasers….

      • It’s a beautiful vision. ^_^

        Someone posted Twitter (I think) comments on Instapundit from Mexicans complaining about the Hondurans’ lack of respect for Mexico’s immigration laws and national sovereignty, proving that foreign invasions are never a problem until they’re happening in your backyard.

      • The US Army Landmine Storage Facility.

        • When can you start? Uncle Sugar is trimming foreign aid in response to this caravan. No one wants the Uncle Sugar flow diminished!

          • An excellent place to start. I mean, what else can he realistically do until the problem actually presents itself on our borders?

            But I’ll bet the supporters of this caravan never thought that we’d cut foreign aid for the countries responsible in retaliation.(Myself, I’m asking why we were sending foreign aid there in the first place? Anything given long enough becomes assumed as a right, instead of a gift, and is received with both entitlement and resentment…. and an assumption that they don’t have to replace the funding with hard work, because it’ll just continue. So aid should be given in discrete packages when a good case is made, not continually flowing – whether to people or countries.)

            I have no doubt that he’s also looking into who’s funding this, and how, and exactly what leverage can be applied to Mexico to decide that they want to deport the problem south instead of north…

            • We need to start charging their origin countries for their capture, upkeep, and repatriation.

              Then send them back after a five-year stint of forced labor building the Wall.

              • I wonder how that would sound arranged in a Conjunto style?

              • Multiple people in the group marching towards the border admit to having been deported previously, in some cases multiple times. People who do not respect the laws governing entry into a country will not respect the other laws of the country, and will feel free to break those laws whenever they want (of course we have way too many laws, but that is a different topic entirely).

              • Several years of forced labor might work by itself too, even if the people would be allowed to stay afterwards. Make it ten years, as the price for staying. And make it old fashioned chain gang type of work, something hard, like making gravel out of rock using sledgehammers… and if you are caught already inside the borders you get that ten years, too late then to try and skedaddle back across that border.

                And those kids you brought with yourself? If no relatives, like that father of the Time cover kid, come asking after them, and it is proven they are actually your kids – how about adoption, into real American families? You wanted to give them a better future, yes? If you are a true parent you should do like that woman who was more than willing to give hers up rather than have him cut in half by Solomon’s order.

                I will now go to practice my villain laugh.

            • What else can we do? Send in bombers to drop FAE’s on the convoy once it’s in relatively open, unpopulated terrain, as I wouldn’t want to accidentally kill innocent Mexican citizens who just happened to be near the convoy.

              • Given that as near as I can tell they’re not planning on launching an armed invasion, an FAE seems like a disproportionate response.

                • They’re coming here to break down walls and forcibly violate orders to not cross the border.

                  They probably don’t have enough guns to arm everyone– but would anybody take bets on them not using physical violence against those who try to oppose them?

                  • Forcibly violate? Color me skeptical. Near as I can tell they’re heading for the POEs and planning on kicking up a fuss.

                  • They already have in Mexico.

                    • Best as I can tell, Mexico has never made a credible opposition to invaders coming over their southern border. And if there are large-enough groups of them, they provide food, shelter, police protection, and other assistance to speed their way to the northern border.

                      Yeah, people coming from south of Mexico are a problem, but the *primary* problem is Mexico.

                    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                      From what little I’ve seen of this case, it’s a little too public for their taste and they know Trump will do something about it.

                      On the other hand, the Mexican authorities have a public relations problem in that if they took real steps to stop this shit, then they’ll get blamed internationally for any harm (real or not) to those “innocent people”.

                      After the mob broke the barriers at their southern borders, the Mexican authorities could IMO understandably want to let Trump get the “bad press”.

                      Yep, in the past they’ve done too little to stop people passing through Mexico to the US let alone the problem of “their people illegally entering the US”.

                      But now, the eyes of the world and the eyes of Trump are on them so they’re in a no-win situation.

                • Well, FAE is probably overkill as initial response. A graduated escalation to try to achieve an end to this invasion at minimum possible cost is probably warranted, especially with respect to propaganda value. Leaflet drop warning them of death if they proceed, low-level supersonic overpass, a few warning shots with cannon, etc. should probably precede any bombing.

              • A pre-emptive strike would be a bit much for something like this. However, a statement that the caravan is being monitored and will be destroyed with prejudice if it crosses the border would be a start.

                • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                  That’s a start.

                  I’d also go after the “money-men” behind this sort of shit with “extreme prejudice”. IE No lawsuits, just kill the “money-men”. (No, I’m not kidding.)

                • Then they’d just head to, oh, El Paso— for lots of human shields on this side, and that side, and for bonus points the wall is being built. (Trump’s Wall, even!)

                  • I’m not familiar – is El Paso a city that exists on both sides of the border? Or butts against it with no separation? Because I’m talking about a one-step kind of thing, here.

                    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                      IIRC There’s a Mexican city directly across from El Paso.

                    • The latter. You take one step across the border into Mexico from El Paso, and you’re in Ciudad Juarez.
                      Protip: you don’t want to be in Ciudad Juarez.

                    • There’s a fence, and they’re actually building/upgrading to Trump’s Wall. Wall’s been here for over a decade and people are STILL pissy.

                      60’s is correct, you do not want to be in Juarez, even though it has greatly improved recently.

                • If Mexico does not fulfill its obligations as the “first safe country” by accepting and settling these “refugees”, the U.S. should simply start supplying arms directly to the citizens of Northern Mexico.

                  If there’s one thing the oligarchs of Mexico City don’t want, it’s the small villages and towns out in the countryside being able to defend themselves independently of the largess of the national police and army. There have already been local defense groups forming and arming themselves with what few civilian weapons Mexicans are allowed to own – shotguns and such – so making contact and directly supplying arms for self-defense against the narcos would play right into the central governments worst nightmare, and help the locals.

                  Basically a straight-up Wild Bill Donovan OSS and early CIA – style op.

                  • There have already been local defense groups forming and arming themselves with what few civilian weapons Mexicans are allowed to own – shotguns and such – so making contact and directly supplying arms for self-defense against the narcos would play right into the central governments worst nightmare, and help the locals.

                    Per my husband, they’re actually extremely common– and basically none of the weapons are legally owned, they don’t have the cash/connections to get permits.

                    Average about 6 months before they are either subverted by a cartel, or basically morph into one themselves. There are a couple of exceptions, though, usually in places with a couple of very big families running it but not being too obnoxious.

            • *ponders*

              You know, that might be a really good idea to get more of a bang for our buck as far as aid goes…..

              Maybe some sort of a grant process?

              Then we could even have a single team going around and, oh, training the people that build the (whatever) we gave them a grant for?

              • it all depends on if aid is about helping people or if aid is about feeling good about helping people.

          • Note that this continuous flow of South Americans is allowed, expedited, and supported by the government of Mexico. Yet very little seems to be said about that…

            • Mexico supports it even though they strictly enforce their own immigration laws against people who intend to stay in Mexico; clearly when they let people through it is knowing that the intent is to continue to the USA.

              I saw today that Pence claims Honduras told him Venezuela is financing this; which would not suprise me (although I suspect Venezuela, which is broke, is simply acting as a conduit for money from Soros and from Iran). If true, this should be considered an act of war by any nation states thare financing this. People who march in a large column, with the flags of other countries held out front, while burning the flag of the country they claim to want “refuge” in, are invaders, not immigrants or refugees, and they should be treated as such, and their backers treated accordingly.

    • Not just think they can get away with but in all likelihood a good chunk will.

      • Boggles my mind, yes. All I can think is that most people haven’t had to fight their way free of bad guys trying to take what is yours by right. Your mind, your body, your soul and conscience.

        Get loose from that once, and you realize 1) Yes there is evil out there, and 2) boundaries exist for good reasons.

        …And also, depressingly, 3) there will always be more people along who think they have a right to take what you have. Unless backed off by superior firepower.

        • Most people support that evil. Break people up, pay em off, and demonize an enemy and people will ignore and support evil without a second thought.

          And those people have a forever home in the government and its firepower and legal power advantage.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Back in 2015/2016, I was arguing that ‘build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it’ was the liberal squish position.

      My proposed common sense alternative starts with depopulating northern Mexico.

    • Extra insult, they aren’t even bothering to put the 15 or 20 women and children up front– most of the photographs in the main stream media that I’ve run into have at the MOST one possible non-military-age male.

      In theory, this kind of a caravan would be the place you’d put your women, since it’s going to protect them from the cartels; the women and girl-children that pay to be moved by the cartels get used by the traffickers, and often don’t survive. We KNOW there is demand to bring women up.

      But this one is overwhelmingly manpower? While that is who you’d send for a genuine economic trip….

      • These photos look like the illustration for an “A large group of military-age-males are approaching your position” hypothetical field problem at The Basic School in Quantico.

        • One guy that was interviewed has been deported five times already, and has a long-term girlfriend (US citizen) and son in the US. The deportee is 29, according to him.

      • In regard to the “but they’re fleeing so obviously they need help!” attitude, I can only think of Grey’s Corollary to Hanlon’s Razor: Sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice.

    • David Suzuki, who is the proverbial broken clock, actually made sense when he said that Canada’s policy of accepting immigrants hurt the “sending” countries. Their best and most determined flee, and the brain-drain can’t be good for the sending state. If Canada encouraged them to stay home and make things better in Central America, it would help the environment et cetera et cetera. {Yes, it’s always globull warming and the environment with him.}

    • William O. B'Livion

      How are they surviving with no baggage, no water bottles, no food supply?

      • Someone over at Ace’s comments mentioned that that stuff is apparently being provided by four Soros-backed organizations that are quietly managing the whole affair. Of course, the news media is ignoring those groups. And if attention were focused on them, we would no doubt hear how these organizations are helping to keep a humanitarian crisis from erupting as the people in the caravan work their way north.

        • The left also claims that any critics are evil and inhuman and want people to suffer. They smugly proclaim “what kind of nation are we if we don’t allow all these people in”. The correct answer of course is that if we allow everyone in, and have the open borders the left seeks, we are no nation at all, as a nation without borders is not a nation.

          • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

            I’d ask them “do you want millions of people to come in”?

            Because, that’s likely the number of people that’d want to come in if somebody “paid the bills to get them here”.

            • There answer will be yes because they expect every one of them to become a lifelong Democratic Party vote.

            • I have heard of (from a reliable source) a leftist who, when asked what an acceptable percentage of foreign-born Americns was, said, 100%.

              Yup, not only immigration, but ethnic cleansing.

      • Yeaaaaah. I’ve taken week-long trips, I don’t buy the whole “I’m a refugee and can walk in a crowd of thousands with no help across several countries!”

  9. “These are the times that try men’s souls…”

    I think that this election is going to turn out very different from what the Democrats want, which worries me a bit since I’ll be in southern California on election day. Remember that shabies are loud which causes everyone, especially themselves, to overestimate their numbers.

  10. Timothy E. Harris

    Early voting started today here so we went down and cast our 4 page ballots – there are 12 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot this year. Most of them will probably lose because the Constitutional Revision Commission combined OK ideas with bad ones in the same Amendment. For example, how do first responder survivor benefits and revamping State University governance belong in the same amendment? And why should either be enshrined in the State Constitution at all?

    Despite CNN’s polling, we’re feeling hopeful. I’m seeing a lot of people disgusted by Dem’s tactics over the last month.
    Since they do check IDs here and track whether a ballot has already been cast, either in person or by absentee ballot, before letting you vote it would be hard to get away with massive fraud.

    • Hey! A blank reply! WordPress Delenda Est!

      Despite CNN’s polling, we’re feeling hopeful.

      For those who have not yet voted or contributed or volunteered: Go read the Fund piece that Insty links today (I know, It’s Fund, but clearly the neverTrumper folks had an Epiphany during the Kavanaugh hearings, plus even a stopped clock…) and reflect upon the number of close races that were previously confident-to-go-D and how those must “exceed the margin of fraud”.

      Then go volunteer, contribute and vote.

    • Good not-so-old Beto apparently didn’t think (or someone in his campaign didn’t think) that all the laws apply to him, not just some of them. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article220344070.html
      Short version: the Beto campaign has texted people without their permission, using apparent robo-calls, which violates the law. The campaign says they’ve not done anything wrong. One of the people called is suing.

      • Well, it’s Bobby O’Rourke; Kennedyesque in his drunk driving hit & run habits, as well as his approach that laws are for the little people. At least he didn’t have a staffer in the back of the car, and couldn’t find a lake…

        • “The Beto-male is such a poor Kennedy clone that he got drunk, forgot to put the girl in the car, drove off, and then failed to find a body of water!”

        • This is what happens when you try to release a candidate that hasn’t even made it out of Beto testing yet.

          • To sooth my guilt at giggling so hard at these strikes….

            Beto isn’t, in and of himself, that bad. He’s a pretty old-fashioned Democrat type guy, which is actually a major selling point for Texas. Their Democrats tend to not hate the USA. He is even perfectly able and willing to be civil to Republicans and others with whom he disagrees, and don’t get me started on his genuflecting to Mexican culture; if Mexico was all that and a bag of chips, we wouldn’t have so many folks coming HERE!

            That said, he is still a Democrat, and would give power to those who do actively hate the USA.

            • He’s been a 100% reliable vote for Pelosi in Congress. To hell with Boozin; Burglin’ Beto Bob…

            • Uh, he totally missed the old-fashioned Democrat for Texans on two points.

              1.) He raised most of his money in CA & NYC – and when called on it by the opposition, said that Texas could stand to be more like California. Given all the Californicators Texas has already dealt with, that was not a smart move.

              2.) He made noises about support a gun ban. Again, not so hot on the things Texans like.

      • I’m pretty sure they’re going to lose, but it might sting the campaign. I got one of them– about a week after I got an identical one from a Washington State number. Each time, a most-likely-actually-human response came when I responded to the “spontaneous” text.

        *pokes at phone a minute*

        “Hi, (accurate name, makes me think they skimmed property records for it– or maybe one of our doctors is selling contact information). I’m Julia, a MoveOn volinteer. We’re kicking off a campaign to end Republic control of Congress in 2018 and ensure Democrat Veronica Escobar wins the race for the House in the 16th Disctrict! Progressives uniting together can elect Veronica & beat the Trump agenda this year- will you pledge to vote on Nov 6? Reply YES & we’ll share periodic texts from MvoeOn’s 668366 number about how you can make a difference. (Mesg& data rates may apply)”

        I cracked a joke about how they really had the wrong number, and added that I really hope they fail.

        • Re “accurate name”: I recall a number of gushing approving stories in the press about how Alphabet did a lend-lease contribution-in-kind by sending “volunteering” Google engineers to go set up the D databases and information-harvesting stuff back when The Great and Infallible Barry was running.

          • This is one of the reasons I use Google as little as possible. If a blog needs a Google or Disquis account to comment, I pass. I have enough of my life on line as it is.

        • That reminds me of the two teenage girls who were canvassing a neighborhood I lived in, in Maryland, who wanted signatures for some environmentalist petition. I told them they REALLY had the wrong house, and when one of them tried to ‘second effort’ me I said, “You don’t understand. I think at least half of the ‘environmental crises’ in the US could be abated by executing the board of the Sierra Club”.

          They took off like startled mice.

      • Feather Blade

        Really? Is texting people about political stuff illegal just in Texas or is it a federal law? Because I got a text from the “Vote in favor of Medicaid expansion” people in my state….

    • Oregon at least has an initiative law/constitution amendment(?) disallowing ANY doubling of items on the initiative. Even when the topics are of the same vein. Or “Add State Sales Tax. Repeal Income Tax.” = No, No. Putting both on the ballot makes the extremes of “OMG we’ll end up with both” and “OMG we’ll end up with neither.” Why never an initiative of “State Sales Tax that REPLACES Income Tax, excluding food, used vehicles, …” Don’t know.

  11. The bad side? I was so happy to be done with refinishing crap, to have left all that in the past. The good side? Oh, boy. To begin with, Dyce gets “Death In Marble” and “Maquetery Murder” and “The Body In The Painted Library.” They’ve been writing themselves in my head, so when I finish A Well Inlaid Death, there’s those.

    *is politely quiet but grins*

    • I understand there are people out there who can do major projects without new books wanting to be written. But between Peter’s encounter with the Albanian mafia while buying chairs turning into a merc vs. mafia series in space, and now this?

      Sample size of two out of two writers indicates this might be normal. I look at my plans for building a catio and start to seriously wonder what story’s coming next…

  12. Definitely doesn’t sound like writer’s block! That tends toward quick, easy things that can be done immediately, instead of large projects that need doing (For me, at least). Yay for finding more bookshelves that are almost right, and within budget!

    I have not yet tackled the morass of the garage; my current house project is patching drywall in the bathroom from plumbing repair. Early voting started today, which means that Home Depot (an early voting station) is as crowded as… the church parking lot for Easter Sunday service. I can get more sandpaper and paint tomorrow!

    Hey, even better, when your library project is done, you’ll not have to do it again! Those 40 boxes of books will be dealt with, the shelves up, and the only time it’ll ever come up is mass reshelving, or minor culling. Your life will be better, and your space less cluttered or stressful! One more thing 2018 is knocking out, so 2019 will start on a better foot, eh?

    And when my bathroom is fixed, I’ll have a new showerhead; it’ll be more functional than when we bought the place and not have to be done again! (If slightly uglier. I have no illusion about my drywall & painting skills.)

    • I’m rearranging and fixing my office, too. I’ll find the guest bed back any day now. Gets worse before it gets better but there will be a cull. And probably another rented dumpster before the end of the year. When I find the bed back, the mattress needs to go in the dumpster… I love cats, really I do.

      • Feather Blade

        I was going to suggest rubber sheets for you new mattress, but then I remembered that cats have claws…

  13. If I remember Jerry Pournelle’s Monk’s Den pictures correctly, his writing area was upstairs, and his library looked like it was 15 to 20 feet long, floor to ceiling books, both sides.

  14. This smart lady I know often says “Be not afraid.”

    Take your own advice. The other side is busy freaking out. Did you see the “we’re gonna cast a hex” thing? Did you see they got Catholic Exorcists involved against their hex?

    The media is all in, yes, but everyone knows they drank the kool-aid now.

    So be not afraid. In the end, they lose, we win.

    • Someone called on the Rite guy. ^.^
      *rimshot*

      (Explaining it: this is the guy who was dramatized in the book The Rite; unfortunately Father Amorth, the founder of The International Association of Exorcists, has gone on to his eternal reward or he’d probably be using that showmanship he had to get even more folks to pray for the targets of the curse…and those casting it.)

      • Sort of tangent – my mom goes to church (one that’s fairly out of the way) to be able to attend Mass performed by one of Father Amorth’s students.

        A couple of years ago she made the observation that apparently there are so many requests for exorcism from the Catholic Church, there aren’t enough qualified exorcists to deal with them all. To my surprise a couple of days after that conversation, the Atheist Housemate asked me about a number of articles he’d read about such a shortage… and noted that most of the people supposedly asking weren’t themselves Catholic.

        • Given the number of ghost shows, and that a lot of the “signs” of a ghost are traditional signs of demonic presence? Not surprised, and glad folks are learning from horror movies.

        • Yeah, but while other denominations and religions may do exorcisms, the Catholics are the ones the media have made famous for it.

          • Yup. Hard to find Buddhist exorcists if you’re not part of the community, I imagine. Catholics seem a bit more accessible.

          • The Catholic Church also has a formal ordination as “exorcist”. No Protestant denomination I’m aware of has something similar; exorcism is simply part of the pastor’s duty roster.

            • Technic-eese, for those who speak formal Catholic, and a little historical geekery:
              the Catholic Church has an office of exorcist, to which people can(could) be ordained; it was formally established as a minor order when acolytes, readers and door-keepers were, in the mid 200s; they were in high demand because folks were exorcised several times before baptism. Since infant baptism has become the primary means of entering the faith, and Christianity is pretty much the norm, no where near as much demonic activity so the exorcism formula is restricted to priests. (picture it as being pretty much like baptism– I don’t think anybody is going to get pissed if you end up face to face with a demon and yell “in the name of Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit, be gone!”, but it’s not something you should go around deliberately doing, and only priests can use the rite of exorcism. Muuuch more geekery here at <a href="http://www.ewtn.com/library/NEWAGE/EXORDEV.htm"EWTN)

              These days, if someone is identified as an Exorcist for the Catholic Church they’ve been appointed to that position by the local Bishop, that is they’ve been given permanent permission to do exorcisms. Or it is the local Bishop, technically…. Since mental stuff is so much more common than demonic possession in these days and areas, not as much demand,

    • OOOOHHH!!! Witches casting Hexes… LOL!

      So, if next week Kavanaugh inexplicably drops over dead. Would the witches get investigated? If questioned by authorities, would they “admit” their involvement? One would think they wouldn’t bother hexing someone if they didn’t believe it would do anything. For that matter, even if they believed their hex WAS what killed him, would they think of themselves as murderers?

      I’ve been pretty honest about having personal religious beliefs that are similar to Wiccan, and I’ve dated a few Witches, but the morality of hexing didn’t come up a whole lot in conversation, so I don’t know the answers to these questions. While personally, I believe that there is magic in the Will, so in keeping with my wish of being a “good person”, I wouldn’t personally be party to hexing someone. Just in case, more than anything else.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        I’m not a Wicca nor do I have similar beliefs.

        However, from what I’ve heard one of the major beliefs concerning “harmful magic” among them is that if one casts a harmful spell, then there will be a three-fold reaction to oneself.

        IE you try to make somebody catch a cold via magic, you’ll get a deadly case of the flu.

        Mind you, some of these idiots claim that they are only trying to “make the evil those folks do, rebound onto them”. 😦

        • For the curious…

          https://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/rede.htm

          Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
          When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

          Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

          These Eight words the Rede fulfill:

          “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

          • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

            The following isn’t a “dig” at them.

            Humans are very “good” at finding loop-holes in laws that prevent them from doing what they want to do.

            I could see idiots claiming (to themselves or otherwise) that cursing (with magic) The Evil Trump isn’t “Real Harm” because they would be preventing Trump from Harming Others. 😦

            • That was the deal with the spells they were casting on Inauguration, as I recall–the interviews I saw indicated they were specifically not calling for harm to the President, but just to bind him from the harm he’d cause to others.

              Given the rest of the things being said, it seemed more than a little fig-leafish.

              • Well, hey. Maybe we should give them some credit for how beneficial he has been!

                Now, would anyone kindly direct me to a small crowbar to get my tongue out of my cheek?

              • The road to hell is filled with people who thought they were acting with the best of intentions and motives (which may be why there is a Highway to Hell but only a Stairway to Heaven “) )

            • Patrick Chester

              Yeah, but something tells me their rationalizations don’t count and whatever powers they are trying to tap probably decide what is harmful or not.

              • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                Nod.

                I’ll admit that I had a chuckle at the “attempt to bind Trump” that was mentioned.

                The leader of that attempt admitted that he didn’t worship Hecate but was willing to “invoke” Her in that attempt.

                I wondered what Hecate would think of a non-worshiper trying to tell Her what to do? 😈

            • Oh no, I agree with the ‘finding loopholes.’ People are still people, flaws and all.

              I’ve seen Karma and how it hit people, and think that the whole using hexes is generally a bad idea, because the person getting the brunt of the backlash sometimes isn’t the caster in order to punish the caster properly.

          • Feather Blade

            I understand the Rede, it’s a lovely concept, but whenever someone says “I like Wicca because it only has one rule, Christianity has Ten.” I just want to ask “Who defines ‘harm’?”

          • “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

            A rule that would literally make it impossible to do anything, including do nothing. It COULD harm someone.

      • scott2harrison

        In what way is this not attempted murder? Sure they are nuts, but if they believe that the hex will do harm, then it is somewhere from attempted assault and battery to attempted murder. They should be arrested and charged, just for the hilarity that would ensue.

        • You could apply the same reasoning to any religious person who prayed for harm to come to another.

          The problem here is proving motive, method and opportunity. The first is easy, but the last two? Good luck with that. Maybe you can argue that it was a magical aura of left-wing hate…

          • scott2harrison

            But those are for murder, not attempted murder. An utterly incompetent attempted murderer who tries to strangle someone with a wet noodle is still an attempted murderer.
            Prayer does not count because it is a request for action, not a direction to act. Very similar to Obama’s maybe I should sic the IRS on them remark in that neither one of them counts as an attempt to break laws.

            • Yes, but in reality is anyone caught trying to strangle someone with a wet noodle ever prosecuted?

              • Such an attempt would reveal more about the perpetrator’s state of mind. They might very well go to trial as a result as such an act would suggest that the individual in question should be involuntarily committed.

                Praying for harm against someone else doesn’t break laws because the government is agnostic (for the time being) on whether religious acts have any actual “weight”. This position allows the government to avoid taking sides in religious arguments, which would arguably violate the 1st Amendment. Also, praying for harm against another person doesn’t open the perpetrator up to “assault” charges because there is a very specific set of criteria that need to be met for an assault charge to stick. Merely praying (or your religious equivalent) does not meet that criteria.

                And this is a good thing, given the “your speech is violence!” crowd.

            • I’m not sure you are right that someone attempting to strangle someone with a wet noodle would be attempted murder. I think to be charged with attempted murder, one needs the means to murder someone. I think at most they would be charged with simple assault (wet noodles are sucky instruments of DOOOM!!!)

              Since the Gov probably doesn’t recognize a Hex as “real”, they probably don’t see it as means. A Hex (from what I’ve seen) usually involves some of these depending on who created the ritual**: chanting, dancing, magic circle or pentagram, blood***, candles, and/or some form of sacrifice (possibly an animal, but these days usually the destruction of an item of value). So in the end, what you are left with is charging the witches with what? Not murder/attempted murder because lack of evidence/proof that what they did caused/could cause any harm. Not assault because they didn’t actually touch anyone. And then, no matter what you charge them with they have a built in 1A defense for both freedom of expression (the ritual) and freedom of religion (Wicca).

              My musings were about what witch(s) would say if the FBI came around and asked “did you murder so and so?” after they hexed that person with intent.

              ** Probably not a complete list. I always found it interesting the rituals some Wiccans come up with. Having dated someone, and known others who were the ones to come up with rituals for a coven, the process is interesting.

              *** Yes, this can get pretty disgusting, a witch I knew loved to use menstrual blood for this kind of thing. She said it had more power.

    • I heard that the same coven of witches gathered shortly after the 2016 elections and placed their hexes on President Trump.

      • And it worked. Look at Attorney General Sessions’ lethargy, the actions of his deputy, and the disinterest of the new FBI director. Deep state? Heck, no, it was witches, I tell you, witches! 😛

  15. Sigh… Once again I’m seeing articles about how Trump is planning on invalidating the election results and appointing whoever he wants if the Democrats win. It seems like every election someone comes up with this kind of hogwash. Wish they could come up with a new conspiracy theory, this one isn’t even entertaining anymore.

    • Yep.

      If it were to actually happen that elections were just forced to a conclusion (say, in a state where the entire political infrastructure was controlled by a single party, and at best any opposition parties were retained as sock puppet show-opposition – perhaps in a hypothetical state in which I hypothetically sit while typing this, the name of which rhymes with Maliforbia), it would never come to light. The Party would simply issue the results, and the media would maintain the elections were free and fair, but if this were the case things would always go their way.

      This would mean no need to reverse propositions that passed by judicial fiat, nor really any need for candidates to spend money on advertising (they’d just buy that dacha in the Sierras instead).

      So since that does not happen, since things like Trump’s election and the passage of certain ballot propositions here in Maliforbia that run counter to the Party’s wishes do in fact occur, I am unconvinced that the entire system is rigged as in the first-hand account that Insty linked this morning from someone who grew up behind the Iron Curtain.

    • They’re doing it now. But I also saw people on our side (mostly over in the comments over at Ace’s blog) claiming that Obama was going to do something like this as well. As much as I hate to say it, this type of claim is *not* just limited to one side or the other.

  16. We should probably all stay away from the News.

    Also, was thinking about this… all that stuff that the media doesn’t really report on like people getting in people’s faces and throwing their food around? People not paying attention don’t see that but they ALSO don’t see a whole lot of the crazier SJW and feminist stuff or the completely bug nuts intersectionalist stuff and they really, not normal folks with lives who don’t have a bad political junkie habit, they really are not convinced by it when they do hear a bit of it. And who are they hearing it *from*? Well, I’ve been seeing my state’s Sentator’s Facebook lately and they’re hearing it from people asking them to vote in their favor. And people are pushing back, too.

    When everyone is deplorable, no one is.

    Not that this gives any sort of reassurance on what people will do on the day (or today, for that matter, early voting just opened here). It will depend on who shows up at the polls and who has better things to do.

    Bottom line, really, on the *very* bottom line… we’d all be better off fixing our houses and painting bookshelves and talking to real people at the hardware stores and in our neighborhoods. It doesn’t take getting worked up to vote, just go vote. And then go buy something to build with.

    • Been watching a lot of HGTV, Ghost Adventures “Graveyard of the Pacific”, Treehouse Masters, etc., all where political ads don’t show up. Plus, I record everything, so ads get fast forwarded.

      Watch enough news (Fox), at least they report what, to know what is happening. Although they miss regional shenanigans. I’m surprised they haven’t touted the proven voting fraud instances, & other things mentioned here.

      • In that vein, Netflix is doin’ flippin’ AWESOME for some of their original content.

        They have “The Dragon Prince,” a quite decent animated fantasy, and “Empire Games,” a History Channel before-it-was-aliens-and-hitler type one empire per episode show. It’s not things nobody ever heard before, but it’s well dramatized and my husband hasn’t growled at the TV yet. (He’s the history guy)

        • They just bought a studio here in Albuquerque and are going to move some production here.

        • Feather Blade

          I tried to watch “The Dragon Prince”, but the interactions between the princes and the servants broke my suspension of disbelief.

          Should I watch the second episode first and then go back to the first episode?

          • You could handle the thick Scottish accent on the smack-talking elf girl, but the kid swiping pastries booted you? *grin*

            Did you enjoy Avatar: The Last Airbender? If so, watch it– it might help to know the head of the guards is the sorcerer’s son, and that the king was so chummy with the guy he insisted the sorcerer be in his inauguration painting.

            • Feather Blade

              You could handle the thick Scottish accent on the smack-talking elf girl, but the kid swiping pastries booted you?

              XD ‘Fraid so. He’s the prince! He can just order the cook to give him pastries.

              I did like A:TLA. I noticed that the other prince is voiced by Sokka’s voice actor (pretty sure). I’ll try it again.

              Need to finish watching Voltron, too…

              • Only if their father is stupid enough to allow him to do that– and while he’s got flaws, he’s not THAT stupid! (IIRC, there are historical examples for both versions.)

                But it is basically as serious as Avatar, while the story is nothing like it. ^.^

      • Me, I’m glad I don’t have TV.

        (Well, I have one. I watch DVDs on it. But neither cable nor satellite.)

    • We just got a new-to-us work truck. It’ll hold the tools better, *and* has room for two car seats.

      It’s not something directly to build with, but I sure suspect it will help our existing efforts. ^.^ (Just gotta make sure we can squeeze in our own insulation between everyone else’s projects…)

      Say, what’s everyone else building? 🙂

      • Feather Blade

        I just put edging on my kitchen countertops.

        Next task is to cut tile for the backsplash and one tiny piece to complete the countertop, and then it’s bartop epoxy over the entire thing.

        I just need to decide whether to grout or to just let the epoxy fill in the gaps between tiles.

      • Not started on it yet – since I still have to finish paying for the new roof and the Splendid Catio (the screened-porch screened with hardware cloth for the outdoors cats) but after New Years, I’ll be starting work on renovating the master bath and dressing room. Yep – new tile, wainscotting, wallpaper, shower enclosure to replace thoroughly nasty contractor-grade tub, new toilet and vanity – everything. The Neighborhood Handy Guy will be working with me on this, of course.

        • You may appreciate this– your Catio project has half-sold Elf on actively selecting for a “three seasons” room, or just a nice big deck that can be enclosed, for the next house.
          (transferring earlier than expected)

          • Excellent! Basically, it’s a roofed deck, and screened with hardware cloth! (Sigh) Some of my daughter’s cats cannot keep themselves from marking with pee, and it all got to be too damn much.
            This week, we are working on heavy plastic curtains to shelter it all when it gets cold…
            But the Catio is a wonderful concept for animals that you want to keep sheltered, but don’t want to be free-ranging!

      • Just finished a set of shelves built into the wall in the kitchen, in a spot that is RIGHT where you always walk by and want to put stuff, and where they put an opening between the single-bedroom duplex design* to make a three bedroom house, but you didn’t have room to do anything.

        Including putting tile on the back of it, so that there’s not just gypsum board at the back.

        * The electrician we called out to replace some fans pointed it out to me– which made things suddenly make a LOT more sense, especially for plumbing, heating and electricity.

      • In the next couple days I’m going to try to create something to block the gable vent the raccoons have torn through, so they stop sneaking into my attic. Then its back to work on restoring the vintage Airstream – the floor is nearly secure, so once that’s done it is on to insulation and wiring!

        • Feather Blade

          Oooh, vintage Airstream. Nice!

          You planning spray-foam for the insulation, or what?

          • I’ve heard some real horror stories about spray foam for camper trailers, so I’m basically going with what Airstream used originally, fiberglass. I’m going to add some of that Reflectix foil bubble stuff on the upper portions. I put some of that in place temporarily during the summer to keep the sun from turning it into a giant solar cooker while I was working in it, and it worked pretty well – kept the trailer to no more than 5-10 degrees above ambient.

        • There’s some substantial R-factor variation in insulating foams now. You can get much better insulation than fiberglass batt now.

          Some of the new foam panels are somewhat flexible, or you can score them with a serrated bread knife and facet them as needed.

          It’s probably not worth trying to deal with the compound curves at the ends, but it might be worth your trouble in the middle, as well as the floor.

          • I used 2″ foam for the underfloor insulation. I’m going with fiberglass for the walls/roof for three reasons: easier insulation, less flammable (if I understand right), and easier for running all that wiring.

      • MomRed’s had enough!!!!!! of the off-white laminate countertops in the kitchen. Yes, they look more spacious than darker material would, but they stain if you look sideways at them. So faux-granite is coming. Much like winter…

        • If I can ever get to that point in the remodel, the plan is cast-in-place concrete.

          At the rate I’m going, a half-sheets of plywood over sawhorses is looking good…

      • I have permit applications with the county for the pumphouse solar system. It’s a wee bit oversized for the job, so if the grid goes sideways, it gives us more backup power. If I have things right, I should get the go-ahead next week.

        The ground mount structure entails a contractor. They’ll do the holes, put the posts in concrete and do the cross beams. I’ll do the rest–critter fence, trench, panel rails and panels. After that, it’s install the electrics and such.

        It’s the biggest solar system I’ve done (12 panels, not huge, but big enough), but it’s also the fourth one. I think I know where the trouble spots are.

        • Just got approval from the county, and after a largish fee was paid, I gave the contractor the go message. I’ll see if I can get all the outside work done before it gets too nasty.

    • The tough part is that so much has metastasized out. Last time I watched network at home was maybe last years superbowl since had guest. Most of the older, classic stuff does naught but remind of all that has been lost. And asking for anything nonpolitical to provide refuge is called evil because then its not fighting back against the evil right. Been mostly just doing games but even that running dull.

  17. We are planning to leave 1 car out of the garage until we finally paint the unfinished wood book cases (two) that we bought years ago but filled with books before we got them finished. Feel your desire to get them done before snow, which is later in VA than CO, but our home is still under construction.
    I’m interested in the 14 ft linked book cases you described. Can you share details on them and where you found them?

  18. I have relatives bemoaning how the Republicans in those icky GOP states are cheating to win the elections! One even trotted out an appeal to authority, referring to (unsourced) studies that “prove” only 1 in 35,000 votes is fraudulent.
    Yeah…okay…but this same person only recently discovered that he is a Liberal (no surprise, since the person works in the publishing industry which is full of SJW identity group-think). As a new convert, his zeal is blinding him to anything which runs contra to the narrative.
    And I am not going to let this slide. I will fight, as other people follow the discussion.

  19. From NBC News:

    Unique Lawsuit Being Prepared Against Trump

    — Berkley, California

    University of California student Arthur Wilkins is calling for Americans to join in a different sort of class action suit he plans to bring against President Trump. The idea for the suit, he says, came about from a bias incident he suffered.

    “I was explaining to a so-called ‘campus conservative’ how Trump’s Supreme Court nominations were inherently unconstitutional and he just laughed and said ‘He really does live rent-free in you loony’s heads, doesn’t he.'”

    Wilkins went on to explain how this attack spurred him to take action.

    “After I filed a complaint with the school’s grievance office, I got to thinking. His [Trump’s] actions and words are, in effect, residing in the heads of so many people. Without any form of compensation, this is basically a form of squatting and that violates our rights. We deserve to be compensated.”

    Wilkins’ suit will demand “thought-lease” payments from the president, arguing that the near-incessant ruminations brought on by his words, policies and actions use up valuable time and cost huge numbers of man hours in lost productivity.

    “My dad’s a lawyer, so I understand about compensatory damages, which we need to help fulfill our lives. But the suit will also be seeking compensatory damages to make up for all the belittling we suffer from not only politicians, but their supporters. With a large enough class, the judgement will absolutely destroy that man like he’s tried to destroy this country.”

    NBC News reached out to several lawyers and elected officials for comment. Most notably, the office of Maxine Waters (D-California) released a statement that said, in part:

    “While I do not in any way condone frivolous lawsuits, Donald Trump brings a level of incivility and hatred that must be responded to in the strongest manner.

    Additionally, one has to consider that [President] Trump has used vast resources of the federal government, such as Air Force One, to push this antagonistic rhetoric. Should he succeed in suppressing the evidence sought by the Mueller investigation, we can possibly use a misappropriation of Federal resources charge to back a potential impeachment case. This is a good thing.”

    We attempted to reach Republican officials for comment. In most cases, they declined or simply hung up. In one notable exception, a senior state-department official elected to remain in front of an open line, quietly weeping for his nation.

    [Commenter’s note:

    I’M WINKING!

    😉

    See? Okay?!]

    • That’s a serious break from reality there O_O

    • POE’S LAW – I can’t tell if it’s a parody or not. I really can’t.

      • Up to the “quietly weeping for his nation” part, I was on the fence as well.

        • The fact that is plausible shows how much the court system has been corrupted and abused by the Democrats/left to usurp legislatures and executives (both on State and Fed level) to impose policy that could not be enacted by elected officials, and how the courts (along with government in general) have far more power than they were ever intended to. Sadly, if such a suit was filed, you know that there is a loony Obama appointee who would buy into it and the leftist 9th Circuit would uphold it. As bad as losing the House would be, keeping the Senate is far more vital, as the Senate alone votes on confirmation of appointees and approval or rejection of treaties.

    • Clearly a parody– there’s an open conservative at UC Berkley?!?

  20. If we lose it’s not the end, it’s not even the beginning of the end, it’s not even the end of the beginning. But it’s a set back and it will cost us in wealth and lives, and make the fight even harder for us and our children and grandchildren.

    I know it is never the preferred option.

    I know it is only the best option when things are truly dire, which they aren’t yet.

    But I’d be lying if more days than not I wish we could just get swords and settle this like men.