I keep telling myself to just let it go…but then I see idiots saying stupid things…and I just canna help m’self as Scottie used to say. I was soooo hopin’ that after the election was over we could go back to seeing tweets about computers, eagles, or anything else but politics. Seems to be a forlorn hope though…
Before I get into all of that…good news on the Eagle front down here. Harriet and her new beau M15 returned to the nesting site in September and have been doing nesting things for the last couple of months. Along with that…there was the requisite amount of wild eagle sex…which is mostly pretty boring to watch as he just sits on top of her for 15 seconds and it’s over…but apparently according to the blog this happened multitudinous times. Anyways…Harriet laid her first egg of the season on 11/22 at 1703 and is currently incubating it. If history holds there should be another egg by Friday or Saturday of this week. I’ll keep ya posted.
First up…I keep seeing articles on various news sites talking about the popular vote…and how Secretary Clinton’s popular vote is 600,000, then 1.1 Million, now 2 Million, and who knows what it will get up to next.
I keep asking myself…what do these morons not understand about how the Constitution and Presidential elections work…it’s right there in black and white (well, black and yellowed parchment actually but I digress) that THE POPULAR VOTE DOES NOT MATTER in Presidential elections. Simple…we’ve got the Electoral College and there is zero possibility that anything even remotely related to the popular vote will change this other than amending the Constitution.
I don’t recall protests in the streets when President Obama was elected and reelected…and I don’t recall too many Republicans carrying signs saying “Not My President” after those elections either. Sure…there was a little grousing and even some cross the line comments from morons…but the majority of Republicans accepted the result and moved on. Sure…Congress didn’t pass many of his policies and wants…but then it was a Republican controlled body for the most part of his 2 terms…and the simple fact is that Republicans and Democrats have different wants and policies and each body (legislative and executive) pushed for the polices they wanted. Now I personally would think that they should compromise and each get some of what they want…you know, like they used to do back in the days when politicians tried to be statesmen and lead instead of bicker…but control of both of our parties have been seized by the far left and far right respectively…and for them it’s my way or the highway. (I really wish we could go back to the days when the White House and the Majority and Minority Leaders of both houses sat down and figured out a way to move the country forward with nobody getting everything they wanted and each side accepting some things they were against…that’s called negotiation and compromise…but again I digress.)
Now I’ll admit…it’s not all Democrats…and not even all liberals…that are saying this. There are a goodly number of progressive political people, commentators, talking heads, party strategists and the like that keep saying “Move on…we lost.” They’re trying to analyze why she lost and there again a goodly number of those aforementioned people who are saying “it’s not Comey, the election wasn’t rigged, the campaigns would have been completely different on both sides if it was a popular vote election…but it’s not so just move on, analyze what went wrong, and try again in four years.
Secondly…there’s all this hue and cry from the liberals who are NOT in the aforementioned groups with common sense…about alt-right, Nazi salutes and the like. Saw one yesterday about some white supremacist guy who gave the Nazi salute at a convention of like mentioned far right wing wackos. That was a valid headline…but then the angry liberals piled on and I saw numerous posts about how if you didn’t recognize how wrong this was you were either with them or in denial about a “grave crisis”. Then it turned out that there were 275…that’s, right…less than 300 people…at this convention and it’s just a fringe group. Didn’t see any of the angry liberals spouting that little fact…just calling all Trump supporters white racists…or -obic-ists as Neil says for being whatever -obic and -ists as the liberals claim. They simply cannot comprehend why those ignorant deplorables clinging to their religion and guns (to borrow words from some recent Democrats) are such -obic and -ists that they didn’t vote for her. They’re obviously racists…every darned one of them…even though most of his supporters were likely voting against her and her sleazy behavior over the years rather than for him.
Thirdly…I now see that Jill Stein is asking for a recount in WI and PA which both went for Mr. Trump and in MI which hasn’t been called yet but he’s leading there. The reason for this recount is that a statistician found “serious discrepancies in her vote totals” in WI…but not in the other two states.
Now this statistician investigated the vote totals in counties in WI that used paper scanned ballots and those that used electronic voting machines. She got 7% fewer votes in counties with electronic machines. The Democratic machine immediately concluded that the sole and only reason for these discrepancies was that the machines were “hacked”. The statistician came out later and disagreed with their conclusion…he said that merely there was a difference and it may possibly have been due to hacking or any of a dozen other reasons.
The guys from fivethirtyeight.com…which is a non-partisan site…well they say that it’s actually demographic differences that are more likely for those vote differences based on their analysis. Now there’s been no evidence of hacking uncovered…but the Democrats who want the recount in WI have concluded that the most definitely hacked electronic voting machines would have given her 30,000 more votes if they had been paper ballots…and since she lost by 27,000 votes she clearly would have carried WI except for the voting fraud engineered by the Russians, Republicans, alt-right people, or the vast right wing conspiracy. No idea how many votes they’ll claim to have been not counted in PA or MI…but surely it will be enough for her to have carried all 3 of those states and hence the EC.
So I’m asking myself…just what do these people expect to happen. A recount…which is what Jill Stein has asked for…will just count the existing votes again in WI…and this very rarely changes an outcome. So Mr. Trump still carries WI in that case. Now there’s this “audit” of the electronic voting machines that the Democratic machine wants…I’m not sure exactly how you audit an electronic voting machine…and I’m not sure why you wouldn’t also audit the paper ballots except that Mr. Trump won by larger margins in those counties…but suppose they find some ironclad evidence that 100% of those electronic voting machines were “hacked” by…well let’s just call them The Bogeyman. I’m pretty sure that this evidence wont’ be forthcoming…there will be no real evidence of fraud but there won’t be any evidence of non-fraud either as you simply can’t prove a negative…it ain’t happenin’.
So anyway…assuming they find this proof…how does she get any more votes? They’re claiming 30,000…but based on what…just voting differences from different counties with different demographics. That would be like the Republicans claiming that because Mr. Trump won by 25 percentage points or whatever the number was in SD that clearly any results that favored Secretary Clinton were the result of more of this alleged “hacking”. Obviously…as any moron should be able to understand…different states, counties, urban vs suburban vs rural, racial or ethnic makeup of the local population, economic status of the local population…well those account for differences in the outcome of things like elections since each of those demographic differences just might have the slightest possibility of influencing how that particular social/economic/racial/whatever person might vote.
Sheesh. To quote our current POTUS…elections have consequences. Get over it.
Ok, on to more interesting stuff.
Our friend Ray sent us this little test yesterday…it’s a simple, fool-proof method of determining whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Southerner.
OK, here’s the question for you.
You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife
and two small children.
Suddenly, a Terrorist with a huge knife
comes around the corner,
locks eyes with you,
raises the knife, and charges at you…
You are carrying a
Kimber 1911 cal. 45 ACP, and you are an expert shot.
You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.
What do you do?
THINK CAREFULLY AND
THEN SCROLL DOWN:
Here’s an image to look at while you’re considering your answer.
Bit specific there, eh?
OK, here are the answers that let you determine what you are.
·Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question!
·What is a Kimber 1911 cal. 45 ACP?
·Does the man look poor or oppressed?
·Is he really a terrorist? Am I guilty of profiling?
·Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
·Could we run away?
·What does my wife think?
·What about the kids?
·Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
·What does the law say about this situation?
·Does the pistol have an appropriate safety built into it?
·Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
·Is it possible he’d be happy with just killing me?
·Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
·If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
·Should I call 9-1-1?
·Why is this street so deserted?
·We need to raise taxes, have paint & weed day.
·Can we make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
·I need to debate this with some friends for a few days and try to come to a consensus.
·This is all so confusing!
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BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
BANG ! BANG! BANG! BANG!
Click….. (Sounds of reloading)
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
Daughter: ‘Nice grouping, Daddy!’
‘Were those the WinchesterSilver Tips or Hollow Points?!
Son: ‘Can I shoot the next one?!’
Wife: ‘You are NOT taking that to a Taxidermist!
Here’s a shot of our new microwave in the rig…we burned up the old one. Many thanks to our friend Jeff for providing more arms to lift it into place.
This seems about right…
That’s it for today…ya’ll all have a happy turkey day with your families, friends, significant others, wives (and may the latter two never meet). We’ll be not having turkey ‘round these parts…steaks and grilled ‘shrooms on the barbie for us along with some French bread with roasted garlic and roasted carrots and rosemary taters. Jeff’s in charge of dessert…some sort of cake he’s baking we think but we changed our minds on dinner twice already so who knows what he’ll actually show up with. We got a bottle of Pinot Noir to go along with dinner and a bottle of this excellent Port Wine made in Alaska that we picked up summer before last to go along with what the Brits would call “afters”.
We’re starting to get revved up to go and visit grand baby Alex early next month for his 2nd birthday…well Connie is anyway…Neil will get revved up when we’re on the road there.