November 24, 2020

In the end, the decision turned out not to be that hard at all. A couple of weeks ago I could feel my store manager starting to feel me out about taking on the assistant manager role at the store. The district manager (his boss) was very keen on him trying to convince me to accept the position, but I wasn’t really interested.

“So let’s just say you’re still looking for IT work and let’s just say you’re not interested in the assistant manager role. All that being said, what would it take for you to consider the position?”

I tell him I don’t want to work more than 30 hours a week except in the case of an emergency.

“OK”

I tell him I don’t want to work two full weekend days. Like, ever.

“Well, Saturdays are tough, as you know. How about you only work Saturdays until, say, 1 PM. No later.”

I tell him I’ll take it under consideration. And I want more money, no more minimum wage for me. At least a couple more bucks an hour.

“I can make that happen.”

I tell him I don’t work with Ed (current assistant manager), like, at all. The guy’s a pain in the ass who likes to bust balls just for the sake of it. I’ll accept ball-busters in the IT industry because that’s just how the game is played. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to have my balls busted by a friggin’ retail guy.

“Marc (district manager) wants to move Ed to another store as a manager. May God have mercy on their souls.”

Aahhhhhh I….don’t…..know.

“Think about it. We’d make a great team.”

I said I would and would get back to him by end of week. I spent the next two days thinking about things. Tracey and I talked about it and we felt comfortable with the fact that with my pension starting in December and her job the way it is, the money I’d be bringing in would be more than enough to help us keep building up our savings (not like it used to be, but yeah) and give us a cushion for any emergencies that might arise until I hit full retirement age in December 2021, so we’re only talking a year. And, if things go well I can keep masquerading as Pool Guy as long as I want.

But I still wasn’t sure.

Then, a day later, a cathartic moment. I was sitting under the happy pineapple lights enjoying my version of a Pusser’s Painkiller (emphasis on the rum, less fruit juice) when I just asked myself out loud why an old buck like me would want to go back into the IT meat grinder. “Look at you”, I said, “is that what you really want? You’re friggin’ 65 years old and you want to get back into all the bullshit that goes with a young man’s game with the long hours, the stress, the demanding clients, and deadlines? Right now the only stress you have is when some guy brings his beat up, pool chemical ravaged Hayward Phoenix in to have its guts replaced. How bad is that?”

I had to admit that the handful of IT jobs I had applied for over the past few weeks were not exactly done with enthusiasm. Trepidation was more like it. And, as Tracey had said multiple times, I’d paid my dues. Would the money I’d be making in IT make it all worthwhile? At one time – like, 15-20 years ago – the answer would be yes, but there comes a time, doesn’t it? And, as Dirty Harry once said, “a man’s got to know his limitations”. The (relatively) young buck who had dashed into my previous IT job seventeen years ago with both feet, ready to take on all comers, was long gone. The new alternative? Doing water tests, hauling 35-lb buckets of chlorine tabs and 40-lb bags of pool salt and sand for what so far has been a nice bunch of customers, repairing pool cleaners? It was pretty chill. And the manager is a great guy to work with. No bullshit. No stress.

That night I got the first good night’s rest in, like, three months.

I texted the manager the next day. “I’m in.” Two days later, Ed gets his long-sought after manager position at another store (may God have mercy on their souls) and I get a whopping $2.75 pay raise for the promotion to assistant store manager. Everyone’s happy.

Today I shut down all the notifications I was getting from LinkedIn and the handful of job sites I had subscribed to. It felt good. And right.

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And speaking of embracing the chill, I hop y’all like what I did with my front pot. The Bunny Basics thrift store had a bunch of fake autumn leave for $.25 cents a pop, and I just hung them on a bunch of sticks I had collected last year. I think it came out looking really nice. Very autumnal, dontcha think?

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November 19, 2020

Been a while since my last post but it’s primarily because the past week or so has seen a return of “Pool Guy”. The assistant manager at my store took a vacation in Hawaii (how one can afford Hawaii on a pool store assistant manager’s salary is beyond me, but hey…), so I have been filling in for him. The district manager is pretty hot to move said assistant manager into a manager position at another store and has been pushing me – yes, me!, to take his position (he told me he “likes the cut of my jib”), but I was pretty firm in that I: (1) didn’t want to work more than 30 hours a week, (2) wouldn’t work two full weekend days (I’d be willing to work Saturday mornings) come next summer, and (3) I wanted a raise of at least $2 an hour. (What a greedy bastard, eh?) He was good with that, as was the store manager, but I don’t think the assistant likes hard work and the additional responsibility, so we’ll just leave things as is for the present time. It’s no big deal to me, believe me.

See, here’s how I look at things: I can start taking my full Social Security retirement age (FRA) in December 2021, so I just need another year to find a way to earn an additional 1-2K a month between this December 1 (when my pension from an IT gig long, long ago starts) and when I reach FRA. The easiest, less stressful thing would be to play Pool Guy for another year (or more). I could, of course, go back to working the IT meat grinder (I’ve already got some feelers out and have applied for a few positions), but I can’t help thinking is that the kind of thing I want to go back to at 65? So we’ll just have to see how this all plays out and take each day as it comes. If the assistant manager wants to stay where he is I’ll continue to look for IT jobs and also part-time work from home opportunities. If nothing shakes out between now and April, I’ll just play Pool Guy for another summer. Just take it a day at a time.

In other news…

I bought a bird feeder and hung it on a strategic location from the big mesquite tree in the back southwest corner and can’t figure out why I hadn’t thought of it sooner. It’s such a joy to take my morning coffee on the back patio and watch all the action and hear all the chit-chat going on. The sparrows are the main feeders, but they’re pretty messy eaters and they toss seed all over the place onto the rocks below. And that’s where our desert cardinals, mourning doves, and foo-foo birds get in on the action, crawling all over the rocks to dine. The other day was so sunny and tranquil that I put Pink Floyd’s “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” on the bluetooth for a perfect mellow compliment to the morning. It’s one of my all-time favorite Floyd tracks.

I read an articles like this and this, and you cannot tell me that “Slo’ Joe” Biden actually won the 2020 election:

How did Republicans pull that off? By winning almost every 2020 election in which control of redistricting was at stake:

The GOP kept control of the redistricting process in Texas by holding the state House. Given that Election Data Services estimates Texas will have 39 congressional seats for the next decade, this was arguably Republicans’ single biggest win of the 2020 election.

Republicans successfully defended the Pennsylvania legislature from a Democratic takeover, although they’ll still need to share redistricting power over its projected 17 congressional districts, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has veto power.

Republicans held the majority in both chambers of the North Carolina legislature, which will enable them to draw an expected 14 congressional districts all by themselves.
Amendment 1 passed in Virginia, taking the power to draw the state’s 11 congressional districts out of the hands of the all-Democratic state government and investing it in a bipartisan commission made up of a mix of citizens and legislators.

In Missouri (home to eight congressional districts), Gov. Mike Parson was elected to a second term, keeping redistricting control in Republican hands.
In an upset, Republicans managed to keep their majority in the Minnesota state Senate, thus ensuring Democrats wouldn’t have the unfettered ability to draw the state’s projected seven congressional districts. The parties will share redistricting responsibilities there.

The GOP kept control of the state House in Iowa, with its four congressional districts.

Republicans maintained their supermajorities in the Kansas Legislature, enabling them to pass a new congressional map (worth four districts) over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto.
Finally, Republicans surprisingly flipped both the state Senate and state House in New Hampshire (worth two congressional districts), seizing full control of both the state government and the redistricting process.

Everything about this election looks like a Republican wave election, not the “Blue Wave” election so many in breathlessly predicted. Everywhere but for President. I wonder why?

Why? Because a massive, systemic fraud was implemented. Clearly, the votes for President Trump in the so-called “battleground states” was so overwhelming and unanticipated that several key states chose almost simultaneously (and mysteriously) to halt vote-counting in the early hours of November 4 so that the machines could be re-calibrated accordingly. And to be brutally honest, I don’t know if the work of citizen journalists doing the work the so-called “mainstream media” seems unwilling to do will be in and of itself enough to convince the Supreme Court to overturn the fraud that has taken place, but if Biden is indeed deemed the winner it will be a pyrrhic victory at best, since the “America First” agenda ignited by President Trump will only grow at the indignation of having the will of the people being overturned by massive election fraud. The fight is not over, and, 2020 being what it is, you can expect (trust me on this) some big things happening before the year’s end.

I’m back on a golf sabbatical for the foreseeable future. There’s really not much more I want to get out of the game at this point. And the same holds true for televised golf and Golf Channel – heck, I didn’t even know they played the Masters this past weekend until Tracey mentioned it. Outside of “The Dead Files” and “Maine Cabin Masters” both of which I watch with Tracey, what is there to watch on TV anymore?

So I’m reading my Kindle a lot (I’m presently working through Adele Abbott’s “Witch PI” series and anything by Andrew Wareham).

Well, that’s about it for now. Back to semi-retirement. 🙂 With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, I have bike rides to take, rooms to clean and job searches to do.

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November 10, 2020

…because I’m just like John. I don’t give a shit what the media is telling me or you. Unlike most snowflake progressives, I’m a grown-up who can handle the truth and make my own mind up.

Would it all be ever thus.

…and how about that guitar work? BTW, that’s Lennon’s guitar echoed (a Phil Spector touch) with Harrison’s incredible slide solo.

Y’all obviously know I’m a huge Trump guy, but I can handle it were it determined that “Slo’ Joe” Biden truly did out-do the likes of Barack Hussein Obama in the number of votes he received.

But I’m sorry, he didn’t. Think about the actual election results to date. You won’t hear this on CNN, but did you know the Democrats didn’t flip one – not one state legislature? Instead, the GOP held, and even solidified in some cases, state legislatures in TX, NC, IA, PA and MI, and it flipped the NH House and Senate from Democrat to Republican. And did you know that to date the GOP has picked up at least 8 House seats? So how does it make sense that only the decrepit Joe Biden, a candidate who couldn’t draw fleas to any of his campaign rallies, benefited from such an an utter electoral catastrophe for Democrats?

It doesn’t. What these results point to instead is a Trump win.

Look, as a IT guy I believe the data, and the #1 data guy in this election cycle says the data tells him that Donald Trump won re-election. If he believes it, I believe it. Because the evidence is already out there.

I’ve got a bunch of sources (official and otherwise) that things are going to look a whole lot different in just one weeks’ time. I think Real American Politics has this just about right. As does Eric Trump.

I’m with Larry Schweikart on this. It’s all starting to make sense.

Of course…and if it just so happens to be proven after Biden takes office he’ll be viewed as the most fraudulent president in American history.

Which is fine: I’ll just give him all the same due and respect the Democrats, liberals, and progressives gave President Trump the last four years. Because two can play at that game. Biden wants us all to be unified? Yeah, I’m just as interested in seeing the country unified as the mainstream media and Democrats were these past four years. Like Andrew Breitbart famously said.

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November 7, 2020

This is what the end of summer looks like here in the Valley of the Sun. It was bound to happen sooner or later, even after the kind of summer we have had here. I had just started falling asleep last night when a big whoosh of wind hit the house and a deluge of rain hit us for five minutes. After that? Nothing. But the temperatures have dropped here and it means great sleeping weather for the next five months. Arizona winter is upon us, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Lots of folks are probably wondering about what I’m thinking as far as the election results are concerned. The fact of the matter is, the mainstream media can call elections in one person’s favor or another; last time I checked, it’s the Constitution that has the say here, and until “Slo’ Joe Biden has 270 electors who are willing to go on record to confirm his status as President-elect, Donald Trump is still the President of the United States. There is zero – zero – doubt in my mind that massive fraud took place on a wide scale; we’re all just going to have to sit back and let the court challenges have their way. It might go well for Trump. It may not. But I’m willing to let the legal battles have their way.

There are five givens no matter what happens from here on out:

1. They obviously don’t care about it, but FOX News has irreparably harmed their brand with their Election Night coverage. Martha MacCallum (who I still think is a fox, BTW) is nothing but a Trump-hating shrew, and Brett Baier lost all credibility to me for not questioning their Decision Ddesk’s calling of Arizona for Biden while not calling Georgia or North Carolina. Mark my words: Trump is going to win Arizona, and FOX News’ former viewers are leaving in droves, never to return. I can tell you I will never watch it ever again. Period. (Sorry, Greg Gutfeld and Tucker Carlson)

2. I was still awake when, within the course of 45 minutes, you had vote massive vote dumps of 100K or so for Biden in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. There is zero doubt in my mind Trump won those states. Sure, it’s going to be a difficult (though not inconceivable) reach, but I think he ends up winning all those states as long as a canvas – not a recount through the machines- is taken.

3. If Biden does indeed wins, he will be a lame duck from the moment he takes the oath of office. Not only will his administration be tarnished with the stain of election illegality, but the gains Republicans made in the House and – more importantly – down ballot in state legislatures – makes his status as a one-term president a virtual certainty. Whether he is re-elected or not, Donald Trump has ignited a populist movement in the United States that is not going to go away anytime soon. Democrats are going to find out in 2022 (and 2024) what a pyrrhic victory Biden’s was.

4. Keep in mind, Trump only has to win Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada to win re-election. Ask me in a week if I think this isn’t insurmountable given all the fraud that has taken place.

5. Isn’t it interesting that, even after the media proclaimed Biden the winner there wasn’t widespread rioting in cities across America? I guess that tells you everything you need to know about who the adults are in the room.

Oh, and to all you Trump haters out there: if you think The Great White Shank is having trouble sleeping, crying his eyes out, or seeking psychiatric help at the prospect of a Biden presidency, I’m sorry to disappoint you. You see, unlike you, I have a life outside of politics. My Hemingway daiquiris and Pusser’s Painkillers still taste as good, the mourning doves gathering in the late afternoon light on the wall by the pool fountain are still a joy to watch, and Pink Floyd still sounds good in the November daylight. Unlike you, my life doesn’t revolve around who happens to be the occupant in the White House at any given time. I have a life.

Man, did I get out of Massachusetts just in time.

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November 5, 2020

I suppose this was to be expected, given all the forces I have repeatedly outlined in prior posts being against the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. But I certainly didn’t expect the kind of total bullshit shenanigans that started around 4 AM EST Wednesday when it seemed like Wisconsin and Michigan suddenly “found” 100K votes for “Slo’ Joe” Biden when up until that point the President seemed to have things in hand. So now we’re going to relive 2000 Bush vs. Gore all over again, but this time in as much as six states if the Trump campaign is smart.

Me? I want to see a recount – and a validation – of all votes in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. And that’s OK – the new prez isn’t sworn in until January so I’m good with taking the time and doing it right. If Biden is, in fact, determined to be the President-elect, fine, but I don’t think it went down that way. As Richard “Hooper” Dreyfuss said in “Jaws”:

You want to be sure
I want to be sure
We all want to be sure, OK?

Me? I’m not just thinking about the various states in question. I want ALL the states recounted – by hand, by county and/or precinct. Every American voter deserve to know their ballot had the same treatment as everyone else’s. Too much time? Too much money? Bullshit. Nothing is more important to the national consciousness as knowing we’re not a friggin’ banana republic, so that what has happened this year isn’t repeated in subsequent midterm and presidential elections. This kind of thing might have been acceptable back in Tammany Hall days, but it’s the 21st century and we have the ability to make sure everyone’s vote counts the same as everyone else’s shouldn’t be that hard. If it’s gonna take the Supreme Court to finally lay down the law in the land, I’m good with that no matter which way the pendulum swings.
Personally, were I Donald Trump, I have nothing to lose and I’m takin’ it to the barricades. To quote Hillary Rodham Clinton, Trump “should not concede under any circumstances, because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch, and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.” And if the Washington swamp GOP doesn’t side with him he should call them out and take them down with him as well. This is no longer an election for just folks fu**in’ around; this is war, the future of our republic.

If we’re going to leave this in the hands of the bureaucrats and technocrats we are doomed. To quote the late, great Andrew Brietbart.

Oh, and, by the way, I stand by my Election Day prediction. I never thought it would end up being this bad.

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November 3, 2020

After a brief return to playing “Pool Guy” today I plan on spending Election Night splitting my time between Styxenhammmer666‘s YouTube broadcast and a broadcast planned by Larry Schweikart, Tracy Beanz, and the best pollster in the business. If you’re looking for something a little less bull-shitty and unconventional (and more substantial) than what you’ll see on the major news and cable news networks, check them out – you won’t be disappointed.

I watched President Trump’s last rally last night – his fifth of the day. Regardless of how Trump’s campaign turns out he has changed political rallies and campaigning forever by combing multi-day and multi-state visits with multi-media presentations. His re-election campaign has been a tour de force. His GOTV game will likely be shown to be nothing short of awe-inspiring. Say what you want about the man, but he is a political figure the likes of which we shall never see again in our lifetime. Folks talk about Barack Obama’s 2008 as transformative, but the fact is that as an African-American president he only made race relations worse in the United States. And if Donald Trump is re-elected he will be known for closing that breach for all time. You watch.

…say what you want about the man, his reelection campaign has been a tour de force. rump did his job. Now it’s our turn. Vote for Trump like your life depends on it.e

Tucker Carlson has been really firing on all cylinders lately, but his Monday night monologue is exactly what this election is all about. I’ve been saying all along that the Washington swamp knows this is their last chance to retain power. They’re scared to death about a Trump second term because he knows where all the bodies are buried and, more importantly, who was responsible for burying the bodies. And if he wins it will be a beautiful thing to watch.

Political campaign conventional wisdom says you never hold rallies on Election Day. Reason being, you want your staff and your supporters focused on getting people to the polls and voting. Haven’t I told y’all if you want to know how the campaigns are thinking just watch what they do and where they go? So it has to be viewed as a sign of desperation that the Biden campaign is holding seven – count ’em, seven campaign events scheduled for today. That’s nuts. Period. The campaign should have been dragging Biden’s feeble, confused bones around to daily rallies months ago, rather than hiding him in the basement.

…it’s really pathetic, and you leftist/progressives out there ought to be beyond pissed that a supposedly “professional” national campaign is being run like this. It’s laughable.

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November 2, 2020

Well, it wouldn’t be the day before Election Day without a final reading of the tea leaves. And I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have the firmest grasp on knowing what exactly is going to happen – anyone who tells you they do is blowing smoke up your cabooskie. Between all the voice by mail, COVID-19 “fear porn”, early voting, and the usual crappy job by the mainstream media pollsters who have only recently started hedging their bets after months and months of moving their favorite narrative (Trump bad, Biden good) forward.

On top of that, you have had the globalists and “big” everything: Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Education, Big Media, Wall Street, Hollywood, and hundreds of thousands of unelected bureaucrats in the Washington swamp throwing everything they possibly can at President Trump to sabotage and undercut his administration at every turn. It’s been incessant, and real, since the moment Trump was elected. There are literally trillions upon trillions of dollars at stake, and these powerful forces know that if Trump is re-elected he’s going to be coming after them.

On the other side of the equation, you have enthusiasm for the President off the charts. What all the forces mentioned above don’t understand is the personal connection that exists between Trump and his supporters. The size of the Trump rallies this past weekend are like nothing anyone has ever seen. You wouldn’t have all these spontaneous Trump car and boat rallies on weekends, and most recently, weekdays, without that kind of connection. These are people who love their country, have seen their country and their freedoms under attack by the media, the so-called “experts” and “scientists”, and governors who have indiscriminately taken their freedoms and livelihoods away. They see organized leftist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa burning, looting, rioting and threatening the very security of their neighborhoods and homes.

…most importantly, they see Donald J. Trump as the sole guardian standing against these forces.

It’s a given fact that Trump got 18.1 million votes – the most of any incumbent – and 94% – the 4th highest of all time – in the Republican primaries. In a campaign where the President was running virtually unopposed and folks didn’t need to come out. This means that Trump will have a unified Republican party on Election Day. It also means that he will get a surge in in-person voting. The pollsters know this. They know there will be more Democrats voting for Trump in the mid-west “battleground” states than Republicans voting for Biden. They also know that Trump will be getting more Hispanics and more African-American voters than he did in 2016. And, as the great Larry Schweikart has been pushing for months, they also know the typical youth GOTV for Democrats on major college campuses has been severely stunted this year because of lockdowns and COVID-19 precautions.

So that’s where things stand this year. So many variables, so many unknowns. And I’ll admit, I felt a lot more comfortable about my prediction back in 2016 than I do this year. And if I’m wrong – which I don’t think I will be – life will still go on. Even under a Harris administration (Biden being tossed to the curbside before January 20) I’ll still be fighting my driver, looking for work to supplement my pension starting in December, and thinking and writing about life in general. But, as “Slo’ Joe” is wont to say, “here’s the deal”:

All my sources tell me there has been a BIG move towards Trump in the last week, accelerating over the weekend. Biden is increasingly seen as for lockdowns, national mask mandates, closed schools, and control of every aspect of our lives by the socialists and the globalists, whereas Trump is for freedom and “America First”. I’ve heard from my GOP party “insider” – confirmed elsewhere – that the Biden campaign knows it is in deep doo-doo. For him, the final Des Moines Register poll showing Trump up by seven is indicative of how the “battleground” states will go.

So without further adieu, here is my bottom line prediction:

Based on the latest information, Trump should take Pennsylvania but there are significant Democratic forces marshalled against him to prevent all the votes that will come in tomorrow to be counted. So I’m going to leave that as a toss-up. I’m not 100% sold on Nevada right now, but I’m assured by my “GOP part guy” that Trump is looking very good there, so I’ve marked it as red. We shall see.

(Here’s a handy hint: keep a close eye on how Virginia and New Hampshire go tomorrow night. If either of them break for Trump you’re looking at a bona fide landslide, meaning New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon could most definitely be in play. Likewise, if Florida is not called by Wednesday AM and is seen as up for grabs, then North Carolina could also be in play for Biden.)

I predict the Republicans will gain one seat in the Senate.

I believe the House of Representatives is definitely in play, although I can see a scenario where the GOP falls a few seats short. Again, any even slightly moderate “red wave” will give the GOP the House.

Again, I wish I could be as certain of this as I was in 2016, but the unknown variables out there are what they are.

No matter what, whether you’re a die-hard Democrat, rabid Republican, or an unaffiliated independent or undecided get out there and vote so your voice is heard. These kinds of chances only come every four years, and elections have consequences.

May the force be with you, and may God bless America.

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November 1, 2020

We’ve made it through Halloween and have reached the final weekend before Election Day. Don’t know about y’all, but we had a fairly steady stream of trick-or-treaters from dusk to 8 PM. Not as many as previous years but more than I though we would have during “these uncertain times”.

I know you’re all excited about my Election Day prediction; I will have it for you on Monday’s post after one last check with my own trusted sources (and hopefully a validation from my GOP party guy). There’s last-minute movement taking place and I want to make sure I try and catch it. Stay tuned!

R.I.P. Sean Connery. A great actor. His James Bond was certainly OK, but I liked him best in “The Rock” and “The Hunt For Red October”. One. Ping. Only.

So the supposedly “great” Nate Silver at 538 is only telling you today what The Great White Shank told you back in October. And for him to come out two days before the election with this tells me he’s now hedging his bets to save his reputation and suspects things are very bad for the Biden campaign.

Which doesn’t surprise me to any extent – the enthusiasm for the President is off the charts, to an extent that even the mainstream media pollsters are only now starting to admit to. There is no way they can look at their numbers against the no-longer anecdotal evidence from the size of the Trump rallies and the spontaneous parades breaking out all over the country on a daily basis and deny the reality out there.

Don’t believe me? A 96-mile Trump parade in Pima County, AZ? I was actually caught in the middle of a mini Trump parade on the 202 loop yesterday – a bunch of pickup trucks driven by 20-somethings. People honking at them all over the place. The enthusiasm for the President is real, which in turn will make voters originally planning to vote against him to either stay home or vote for him. I’ve always believed there are voters who feel better about voting for the person they think will win.

…not to mention the fact that there are clips all over the internet like this and this. Not only is there zero enthusiasm for Joe Biden – it’s all Trump Derangement Syndrome hatred – but it’s pretty clear what’s going on is tantamount to elder abuse. It’s not that Biden has just lost his fastball, he’s now the equivalent to Dr. Fauci on the mound. I wish I could say I feel sorry for the guy, but the fact is he’s a crook, and has always been a pathological liar and a clown.

…and his so-called “campaign” has been a joke that will be written about for years as to its incompetency. His basement campaign was nothing but a way to keep him and his mouth shielded from the public, with good reason. Their COVID-19 “fear porn” strategy has worked against them, leaving them overly-reliant on vote by mail; they’re just now realizing how important a ground game is. Begging for door-knockers the weekend before the election is not a good sign.

…which is why progressives are going to be beyond pissed off if Biden loses the election. It was the Washington power elites that forced Elizabeth Warren out of the primaries to make way for Biden to knock off Bernie Sanders, and the push-back against the likes of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi is going to make the “Halloween” movies look like a garden party. I sure hope it happens because I’ll need all the popcorn I can get to enjoy the show.

If you live in a “blue” state you need to be watching carefully what is going on all over Europe. I have little doubt that you’re about to enter a second phase of lockdowns that will last all winter. The amount of “fear porn” being pushed out there is beyond irrational, and the totalitarian fascists overlording “blue” states are heavily influenced by their socialist peers in Europe.

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October 28, 2020

I’ve got just one more day here in Massachusetts and I have to admit that, while it has been great to visit my dad and get his bank accounts access issues all taken care of and to see my friends, I’m ready to go home. All this mask-wearing and “fear porn” has me feeling anxious and claustrophobic. It all seems so pointless. I picked this up from none other than the CDC:

And for this we’re wearing masks and destroying our freedoms and livelihoods?? It’s really pathetic.

Sorry, Democrats – you can bitch and moan about Amy Coney “Syd” Barrett being confirmed as a Supreme Court judge all you want, but you only have yourselves to blame. Don’t thank Mitch McConnell and President Trump, blame former Nevada senator (and former Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (who should have announced her retirement while Barack Obama was president, and, of course, the typically stupid and clueless political chops of New York senator (and Minority Leader) “Chuckles” Schumer.

I don’t see a whole lot of enthusiasm for President Trump’s chances in New Hampshire in conservative polling circles with this one exception, and I think I know why. Just driving around the seacoast area on Monday the ratio of Biden/Harris signs to Trump / Pence had to be 90/10 – more than I remember ever seeing during the 2016 campaign. Now, the seacoast is obviously more liberal than the rest of the state, but were Trump to have an honest chance in NH I would have expected to see far more signage in his favor.

Talk a bout a tweet that didn’t age well. I just can’t imagine the kind of hubris it takes to have had the chutzpa to tweet something like that. Man, did we dodge a bullet!

…but it shouldn’t be surprising: there appears to be zero – I mean zero – physical energy out there for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I saw a dozen or so Biden folks at a major intersection the other day but heard no one beeping their support for them as I waited at the red light. And the Biden / Harris rallies (to whatever extent they can be called rallies) are a joke. Here in Massachusetts there are lots of Biden signs inside the I495 belt, but that’s to be expected: it’s as “blue” an area as you’re going to find in the good ol’ U S of A. But it’s not a positive call for Biden’s election: around here it’s Trump Derangement Syndrome and Trump hatred to fullest extent.

…in fact, outside of perhaps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” I would hazard a guess most of these folks around here haven’t a clue as to a single thing they support Biden for. Just as long as it’s not Trump. And I don’t have to tell you for the umpteenth time that a negative vote is not one that results in elections being won.

This is what life in Joe Biden’s America is going to look like if he is elected:

…and what life in Donald Trump’s America looks like.

Honestly, which one would you choose?

This picture captures perfectly the Joe Biden campaign:

Now it’s back to my Arizona return prep. While the autumn colors and chill have been a nice break from the Arizona summer, it’s good to know some things never change when late October arrives. Now I’m looking forward to getting back to some warm sunshine. Not looking forward to the plane ride back, tho – it’ll be non-stop mask wearing for a good nine hours.

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October 26, 2020

I know the title of this post comes from a classic Pink Floyd song, but what it really is about comes from the opening lines of that classic Buffalo Springfield song:

There’s something happening here
what it is ain’t exactly clear.

If you follow the mainstream media the CNNs, MSDNCs, Washington Posts, and New York Timess of the world, you can be excused into thinking that, at least as far as this year’s presidential cycle is concerned, 2020 sounds like 2016 all over again. You’ve got the pollsters all agreeing that Biden is ahead by a lot but that the polls may, or may not, be tightening. You’ve got Donald Trump running as a political outsider hosting large and enthusiastic in-person rallies while his long-time Washington insider opponent is virtually nowhere to be seen. And you have the mainstream media doing everything it can to suppress anything negative about that Democratic candidate while pushing everything negative it can find about Donald Trump.

Can we at least all agree on that?

But this year there is something different. Go to Google, Facebook, or any other internet search engine you wish and under news type in “Trump car rallies” and see what you find. What you will see is a phenomena you will never hear about from the national media and the cable news networks. Here is just an example:

In New York.
In Beverly Hills, California.
At a Joe Biden rally in Pennsylvania.
In Arizona.
In Connecticut.
In Miami, Florida.
In Ohio.

…and that’s just a handful of what has been going on every weekend for the past few months. I think it all started with massive boat rallies in Florida and other places, and the concept just spread like wildfires across the country. They’re everywhere, they’re large, and they’re unlike anything seen in any election cycle, like, ever.

What this tells me is that there is a wellspring of Trump support out there that few, if anyone, have an idea about – how deep it might be. Frankly, even I don’t know – I’m just communicating what I see and hear. What’s most interesting to me is that these rallies are not spontaneous – they’re being coordinated using the very same social media tools the firms who provide them are using to suppress Trump support and help Biden any way they can. It’s quite satisfying to hear about. Talk about live by the sword and dying by it! These people are not stupid, they see what’s going on out there:

They see the media in every form, national and local, overwhelmingly aligned against Trump.

They see Washington and the political establishment overwhelmingly aligned against Trump.

They see Wall Street overwhelmingly aligned against Trump.

They see the nation’s intelligence infrastructure (DOJ, FBI, etc.) actively working against Trump.

They see the war-mongers of past administrations all aligned against Trump.

The see the Facebooks, Twitters, Googles, Apples, and Microsofts of Silicon Valley universally aligned against Trump.

They see the education establishment, the universities they attend and finance for their children’s education and their local school boards, universally aligned against Trump.

They hear the calls to end funding for law enforcement and, even while “Big Tech” attempts to stifle any news about them, fear Antifa and Black Lives Matter radicals, protestors, and looters coming after them and their neighborhoods should a local police officer harm in any way some doofus of color who refuses to follow their orders to cease and desist.

I have a theory: until COVID-19 came along, I don’t think the average American truly appreciated the vast societal and cultural forces aligned against President Trump. But after nearly eight months of “fear porn” being shoved down their throats by ever form of media there is, day in and day out, they’ve been given a glimpse to the extent and depth of these forces. They’ve seen their jobs go up in smoke, their children’s learning reduced to remote and after-school activities curtailed, and their churches closed. They see the various COVID-19 rules, regulations, and restrictions handed down by their elected officials as confused, conflicting, and of little sense. They hear ad nauseam about the number of COVID-19 cases but little or nothing about their actual chances of dying from it. They know the virus is dangerous and that reasonable precautions need to be taken, but there’s a nagging suspicion that it’s nowhere near as bad as folks are making it out to be.

They sense this because whenever any kind of promising or alternative drug or regimen for treating COVID-19 comes out they see and hear the mainstream media, politicians, social activists, their state and local health officials, and – incredibly – even doctors and scientists belittle and argue against those treatments.

So when it was announced that ~ 40 White House people – including the President and the First Lady – contracted COVID-19 and all seem to have recovered – and quickly, they’re now suspicious that they’ve been lied to all along. And if they can be lied to about COVID, they know they can be lied to about anything and everything. And as a result, they are now seeing – perhaps for the very first time – what the majority of well-meaning, wanting to just get along, “live and let live” Americans who don’t live in Washington D.C. or in the elitist, liberal enclaves along the east and west coasts have been seeing and saying for years:

They hate us.
They disdain and despise us.
They hate this country and the freedoms it was founded upon.

So in 2020, unlike perhaps any prior election before, this has become a battle of “us” vs. “them”. What Democrats and liberals refuse to understand is that the people who support Trump don’t just support him, they believe in him To those like us, Trump isn’t just a president, he’s a leader of a movement. Sure, he’s far from perfect: he’s crass, egotistical, and abrasive. But he means what he says and says what he means. He doesn’t bullshit or blow smoke up your ass like your average politician. He doesn’t disguise the fact that he loves this country and puts America first. He doesn’t care what color, creed, gender, or race you are, he’s a defender of America and everything its stands for. He said in 2016 what he would do, plain and simple, and he’s followed through on pretty much everything.

The majority of Trump’s supporters don’t care about Hunter Biden – they know the Bidens are no different than anyone else in Washington or in their state and county governments who pad their pockets in return for influence. But what they are now seeing, for perhaps the very first time, are the vast forces arrayed and aligned against the president. They feel the hatred and disdain shown us by the so-called “elites” who think they know better than anyone else what’s best for everyone except them. They fear that if they so much as hint at supporting Trump in any way they risk losing their job, their friends, and even the prospect of seeing their grandchildren. The fear is palpable: I’ve seen it and heard about it first-hand working the pool supply gig this summer.

The great unknown, of course, is how deep this sentiment is; we won’t know for sure until all the votes are counted. But there is evidence, both anecdotally (above) and in early vote by mail numbers and trends seen in Florida and certain “battleground” states, that something unusual may be going out there. And I have a sense we’re going to know exactly what that unusual is a week from tomorrow.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 09:26 | Comments (0)

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