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By The Reverend Published: October 26, 2016

Did not watch the World Series game last night. But....8 strikeouts by Kluber in the first 3 innings? That's a big fat wow and a half.


13 days until the election....and some opinion makers are starting to worry about for-profit media continuing its obsessive coverage of Trump AFTER he loses....

....a half hour before the start of Wednesday’s debate, his (Trump's) campaign launched #TrumpTV, a livestream on his Facebook featuring Trump surrogates — leading to speculation that this served as a sort of a beta test for a rumored Trump-helmed television network. With that network, Trump could seek to monetize a panicked support base.

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Humpty Has Fallen

By The Reverend Published: October 25, 2016

Sorry for the break in blogging. I've had family-related-program-activities to attend to the last three days.

I checked on the "news" periodically over the past few days....and it seems that the Village discussion has moved away from whether Trump can still win....and has settled on sussing out what happens after Hillary wins in two weeks. Here is one of the reasons why that is happening....

In what was quite a revealing ABC/WAPO poll taken between Oct. 20 and Oct 22, we find this.....

In the first poll taken Sept. 19-22 — before the "Access Hollywood" video came out — Trump was favored over Clinton by 19 points among all men, a huge advantage for Trump, which reflects the historical advantage Republicans have had with men in presidential elections.

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By The Reverend Published: October 21, 2016

Remember how Donald Trump was going to states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania? Allegedly, if one followed the narrative of those in "rigged" media, Trump's white, high school educated, working-class supporters in "rustbelt" states....oh-so-upset over their economic situations and prospects and...amazingly...students of complicated international trade deals....were going to put states like Pennsylvania and Michigan "in play" for the Republican presidential nominee.

Today, Real Clear Politics averaging polls have Hillary leading in Michigan by 12%. In Pennsylvania, Mrs. Clinton leads with an average margin of 6.2%....and it won't even be that close when the votes are counted. In Wisconsin, Hillary has an average polling lead of 6.5%.

So, no...the Village narrative was simply that...a narrative. Wishful thinking, perhaps. A razor close presidential contest, you see, is a much more profitable contest for corporate media than a blowout contest....and media narratives, even ones spun out of whole cloth or pulled from celebrity anchor rectums....are for the singular purpose of enhancing corporate profits and stock value.

Not-so-astonishingly is the fact that instead of this cycle's narrative, or framing, being a GOP presidential nominee competing in blue states.....the actual story of this election is Hillary, the Democrat in the race, seriously challenging her GOP opponent states. Donald is not expanding the Republican electoral map....he is shrinking it.

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1st Woman President + Enemies Of Democracy

By The Reverend Published: October 20, 2016

From the moment Hillary declared her run for the presidency last year, I have explained that what I admire about Mrs. Clinton is her intelligence and her willingness to fight her political enemies. I have written very little about the fact that Clinton will become our country's first female president because I've always believed that Hillary's experience, her work ethic, and her unwillingness to back down from a fight were her strongest attributes...attributes that cross all gender biases.

But here, New Republic writer Jeet Heer brings up a kind of stereotyped gender role reversal concept that never crossed my mind.....but is spot on...

There’s been a powerful gender subtext running through all the debates. As a pathbreaking woman proving herself in a man’s world, Clinton used the familiar strategy of women in this situation of studying hard and being as professional as possible. Trump, by contrast, was constantly reverting to his natural state of toxic masculinity. It’s not uncommon in the corporate world for a well-prepared woman to compete against a man who thinks he can wing it. That was the fundamental dynamic of the presidential debates.

Yet thanks to her hard work and Trump’s fecklessness, Clinton ended up displaying all the traits that men are traditionally supposed to have for the presidency—the steadiness, the unflappability, the steeliness under pressure and assault. He came across with traits of a stereotypical “female,” all the reasons they were once thought to be “unfit” for jobs like this. He couldn’t control his emotions, he personalized everything, he whined. You almost came out of these debates thinking, “Are men fit to be president?” She “proved” a woman is fit, and how she reduced him to acting like a little boy (or, more in popular stereotype, like a girl).

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The Birth Of A New Protest Movement

By The Reverend Published: October 20, 2016

To his credit, Fox's Chris Wallace tried twice last night to get Trump to answer whether he would accept the results of what the GOP nominee has called a "rigged" election.

WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I want to ask you about one last question in this topic. You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you.

Your running mate, Governor Pence, pledged on Sunday that he and you -- his words -- "will absolutely accept the result of this election." Today your daughter, Ivanka, said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight: Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely -- sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?

TRUMP: I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now. I'll look at it at the time.

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Quick Takes

By The Reverend Published: October 19, 2016

Two things before the debate.

The GOP began this long journey with a "deep bench" of 16 Very Serious candidates. I referred to them as Clowns, 16 of them, climbing into a Big Clown Bus, en route to the Big Top Pee Wee event in Cleveland. What a great opportunity to expose the electorate to so much GOP Clown talent. It was going to be great.

But alas, it came to be that an Apprentice Clown became the, almost, instant most favorite Clown out of all 16 on the Deep Bench. It was amazing. The conservative crowd could have applauded loudly with their votes for several much more qualified, experienced, and competitive Clowns....but that conservative crowd of voters picked the Apprentice Clown. The GOP base made their voices heard....over 14 million votes cast for the Apprentice Clown.....all time GOP primary vote record. Conservatives, millions of them, punched the Apprentice Clown's ticket. They liked what they were hearing and seeing from this unorthodox Apprentice Clown.

If, today, Clown Rubio or Clown Jeb were the nominee....either Clown could, and I think would, have beaten Clinton. The point is that the voters have spoken...whether it makes any damn another matter.

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The "It's All Rigged" Debate

By The Reverend Published: October 19, 2016

The first presidential debate drew an audience of around 83 million. The second presidential debate drew an audience of 65 million. I expect tonight's last presidential debate audience to be smaller still. Fox's Chris Wallace will be asking the questions tonight, beginning at 9pm Eastern.

As of this morning, Real Clear Politics' national averaging poll has Clinton in the lead by 7.5%....which is closer to the outcome of Obama's 2008 win over McCain than it is to Obama's under 4% win over Romney in 2012.

I don't anticipate that tonight's last debate will shed any light on...well...anything.

I don't know how one goes about debating a person who lies seven out of every ten statements made. I don't know how that works. Wallace has already said that he will not fact check anything....not his, Trump will be free to lie away.

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Gun Toting Poll Watchers

By The Reverend Published: October 18, 2016

I don't think there is a better illustration of the faith-based/fact-based political divisions in the country than the alleged controversy over in person voter fraud. As with many of these GOP-alleged controversies.....with in person voter fraud, there is no controversy....

Most experts say voter fraud is extremely rare in the U.S., with one study by a Loyola Law School professor finding just 31 known cases of impersonation fraud out of 1 billion votes cast in U.S. elections between 2000 and 2014.

I know that doing numbers stuff is often difficult for people....but one doesn't need to be known as a human phucking slide rule in order to determine that 31 cases of voter impersonation out of 1 billion votes cast in U.S. elections over the last 14 not evidence of massive, or any other kind, of in person voter fraud.

The notion that in person voter fraud is a problem has been spread, dishonestly, by only one political party. The Republican Party. But see, dishonesty works quite well in the Home of the Free. During the 2000-2014 period mentioned above, 33 states have passed faith-based, voter ID laws to solve a problem that never existed. From state to state, GOP legislators pushed their dishonest justifications for what has, all along, been a, yes, massive multi-state effort to disenfranchise likely Democratic voters from the process. Which all proves that

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How To Get Away With Destroying The Federal Government

By The Reverend Published: October 17, 2016

Real Clear Politics has Arizona Senator, John McCain, leading his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, by an average margin of 16%. Point being that McCain isn't worried about the Trump effect hurting his bid for re-election. The state of Arizona, on the other hand, is a different matter. The RCP averaging poll has Trump clinging to a 0.7% lead in, the formerly reliable red state doesn't seem all that reliably red this year. But I digress.

Earlier this year....I'm too lazy to search exactly when.....I asked if there would be any more Supreme Court Justice appointments should Hillary become the president. Senate polling currently projects the next Senate tied at 50-50. Should Hillary win in a few weeks, and Democrats squeak out a tie or a razor-thin majority in the Senate...the only way a Hillary Supreme Court Justice nominee would pass in the Senate is if Democrats in the Senate vote the first week of the new Congress to toss the filibuster rule altogether.

However, if Dems take a majority in the Senate....the odious Chuck Schumer will likely replace the retiring Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader....and I highly doubt that Schumer will be eager to shitecan the filibuster rule.

The reason Schumer will not favor doing away with the Senate filibuster rule.....a rule that allows the minority to stop the majority just about whenever they because in 2018, 25 sitting Democratic Senators face re-election while only 8 sitting Republican Senators do. Schumer will be fearful of gutting the filibuster, perhaps rightfully so, because of the potential damage even a thin-majority of Republicans in the Senate would inflict after 2018.

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Will It Be Over.....When It's Over?

By The Reverend Published: October 17, 2016

In the long term, the only way to break the stranglehold of obstruction elected-Republicans have placed on Congress, is through the redistricting process. This Politico piece reports that while Obama is hanging around D.C. for the next couple of years...he and former AG Eric Holder will be "taking on" the currently-rigged-in-favor-of-Republicans system.

...former Attorney General Eric Holder will chair a new umbrella group focused on redistricting reform—with the aim of taking on the gerrymandering that’s left the party behind in statehouses and made winning a House majority far more difficult.

In the 2012 general election, 1.17 million more votes were cast, collectively, for Democratic House candidates than Republican ones.....and yet Republicans wound up with a 33 seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Yes, that is evidence that the redistricting done after the 2010 census was done specifically to "rig" the redistricting process.....undemocratically.

Good to see Obama and Holder making plans to head off yet another GOP "rigging" after the 2020 census.

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