January 12, 2021

Happy New Year, y’all. With the disgraceful silencing of conservatives and conservative thought on Twitter and Facebook, and the disaster going on over at Parler, many of the folks I’ve been following over the past couple of years year have transitioned over to Gab. You can find me on Gab here. I hope you will stand up for free speech and the evil totalitarians in the Democratic Party and their enablers in the mainstream media and follow me here. Drop by and say hi.

Just a FYI, I expect to be quite busy caucusing with many folks in the MAGA movement here in Arizona to primary the hell out of anyone who stands for the establishment; that means the McCainites who have had their way for quite a while here. Their days are numbered. In reality, they could give a rat’s ass about this country and are only concerned with padding their collective pockets with special interest $ – most especially from the Chinese Communist Party. Over the next two years we will be identifying vulnerable Republicans and then recruiting solid candidates to kick their collective asses in 2021 and 2022. It’s going to be an exciting time, and the swamp creatures in Washington haven’t a clue as to what will hit them.

There’s a massive network of Trump supporters just getting fully organized, and I’m glad to be playing a part in it with my social network pals. And from what I’ve heard there are significant reinforcements, both financial and political, that will be joining a fight the likes of which haven’t been seen since Andrew Jackson and the disputed 1824 election. Whatever happens, I plan to be in the thick of it.

The Washington elites all suck – the events of the last few weeks have revealed who they truly are – and the actual events of Patriot’s Day, January 6 – not the bullshit you’re getting from the mainstream media – is just the beginning. We know what really happened, and, to quote The Who, we’ll be organized better next time so we won’t get fooled again.

MAGA.

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December 23, 2020

(continued from yesterday’s post)

It’s pretty obvious to me – and my GOP “deep insider” even admits to this – that the President lost this election not in November, when the voters were actually (or not actually) cast, but in the critical months of late winter and during the spring and summer when key states were setting the ground rules for how the November election was to be conducted. While I’m not happy with what Legal Insurrection’s William A. Jacobson writes, I think he’s right on the money:

There is no better example of why elections matter, and how the 2020 presidential election was lost months ago. Liberal Jill Karofsky defeated conservative sitting Justice Daniel Kelly in an April 2020 election the Wisconsin Republicans completely botched by allowing it to take place the same date as the Democratic presidential primary. Guess who turned out to vote? Democrats. That took the court down to a nominal 4-3 conservative majority, with Justice Brian Hagedorn the weak conservative link.

In many other states, legal and political battles were fought strategically by Democrats over the several months leading up to the election. Democrats organized for a mail-in election, Republicans didn’t. Republicans were out-organized, out-hustled, and out-lawyered.

Jacobson’s right. As the old saying goes, politics ain’t beanbag, and the fact is, the Democrats wanted this election more than the Republicans did, and, in true Democratic style, were willing to do whatever it tool and go to whatever lengths were needed in order to remove President Trump from the White House. They couldn’t do it with the sham “Russia Hoax” and Robert Mueller’s sham of a probe, they couldn’t do it by impeachment over a single phone conversation with a foreign leader, they knew they couldn’t out-hustle the legions of Trump voters who would crawl over two miles of broken glass to vote for their President, so they worked with Big Tech to create an electronic “kill zone” that required nothing more than software systems and software engineers coordinating with veteran Democratic operatives in Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and a few other urban centers to do the dirty work the Washington establishment couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

Of course, at some point, the real truth will come out. At least I sure hope it does because we’re the friggin’ United States of America, dammit, and you can’t have our elections – be they local, state, or federal – executed as if we were some worst example of a banana republic. People need to know their votes count and are given the same weight as everyone else’s. Look, I know politics has always been this way. I come from Massachusetts where the state, counties, and cities and towns are rife with corruption. It’s just the cost of doing business there. Same holds true in other Democratic bastions like New York, Illinois, Michigan, and California. And while it makes for humor and subject of derision for those of us who don’t live there, at some point it’s not a joke anymore. As Vince Goyner writes in The American Thinker:

But what happens when citizens feel as though their right to have a say is gone? What happens when citizens who already have a dim view of government in general have to sit by helplessly as they watch widespread fraud steal that right to say out from under them? What happens when citizens go to bed with one candidate comfortably ahead only to discover in the morning that in a nation with over 3,000 counties, the mysterious midnight machinations of a dozen counties flipped the election to the other guy — particularly when data suggest that such an outcome is less likely than finding life on Mars?

When citizens no longer feel as though they have a say in their government, when they feel as though their government has been stolen right out from in front of them, they no longer feel an obligation to live their lives by the framework laid out in the Constitution. There have always been Americans who have felt wronged or disenfranchised or powerless and decide to act in ways that are…anti-social, but they’ve largely been extreme outliers. What happens when fully half of the population feel as though they have been disenfranchised and were forced to watch the theft play out right in front of them while politicians told them, “Nothing to see here”?

One wonders how, after spending decades watching Democrats setting the table for this fraud (opposing voter ID laws, pushing for same-day voter registration, expanding voting periods, encouraging mail-in balloting, etc.) conservative, non-RINO Republicans and other freedom-loving Americans will react to this theft. It’s one thing to lose an election that appears largely above board – even when you vehemently dislike the other guy – but it’s a whole ‘nutha thing to have the election stolen from you when your eyes, common sense, and reams of data suggest that your guy won. If we were talking about dog-catcher or a state senator, this would probably not matter. But we’re talking about the head of the most powerful government in the world, whose reach extends from your kitchen table to the moon, literally.

Americans have always taken comfort in the face of election losses because our Constitution gives them the opportunity to do a better job of making their argument, getting out the vote, or selecting a better candidate next time. There was always hope. But not this time. If Democrats are allowed to steal this election in plain sight, then all is lost, including hope. No hope for honest future elections – of any kind. No hope for redemption. No hope for freedom. George Orwell said, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” If Democrats are allowed to steal this election, then America’s past becomes a fiction of hate; America’s present becomes a reality of lies, deceit, and coercion; and America’s future becomes one of oppression and subjugation. That is exactly what our Constitution was written to be a bulwark against, which is why Democrats have sought to undermine it for decades.

Such are the things revolutions are made of. This time, we’re watching history unfold right in front of us — and we all know it.

Given the obvious stakes involved, one would think our elected representatives at the state level (where, as the saying goes, the sausage is made) would give a shit about their roles and responsibilities and making sure no voter is disenfranchised for any reason, but perhaps that’s just the idealist in me talking. Perhaps, in the end, no one gives a shit anymore. It’s all about the fucking money, wherever it comes from. That seems fairly apparent at this point – at least to me – and it’s not hyperbole to say this country as we know it is over. Once you’ve lost the rule of law and confidence in our institutions the jig is up.

You have Democratic governors running their states like fiefdoms, using COVID-19 as an excuse to trample on the rights of their citizens to make a living and worship their Creator communally. You have the Washington elites agreeing upon a COVID-19 “stimulus” bill that prioritizes foreign nations over the saps who have seen their right to own and run businesses destroyed all because of a virus that has a > 90% survival rate even for those over the age of 65. And the only one standing for our freedoms, regardless of our color, creed, or gender, is President Trump, courtesy of his “America First” agenda. The same agenda that has pissed off the very same Washington elites, their pockets greased by trillions of dollars from the Chinese Communists and George Soros, for the past four years. They couldn’t defeat him by following the very same rules the elites expect us to follow, so they spent billions of dollars to perpetrate an unprecedented fraud on the America people in order to fund a return to their globalist / climate change / open borders / cheap labor agenda.

It sucks. And there’s no going back this time.

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December 21, 2020

In the end, all that’s left is President Donald J. Trump and the estimated 70+ million or so of us who re-elected him President of the United States. It ought not be that way, but that’s where we stand. How? Well, it would appear the president was served poorly by those whose job was to help him get elected.

Like the national Republican Party, who was obviously asleep at the switch while Democratic governors in key states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada – with Republican legislatures, no less – clearly and unconstitutionally augmented their election voting laws under the guise of taking COVID-19 precautions.

Like his Attorney General chose not to get involved in investigating anything related to systemic fraud, opting instead to basically be fired so he could spend the holidays with his family, blissfully and willingly ignorant at the controversies swirling around how this year’s presidential election was conducted.

Like his circle of advisors and his team of lawyers, who should have been paying attention to all things related to the above.

To echo Rodney Dangerfield’s old laugh line, the guy gets no respect. Heck, not even the U.S. Supreme Court, whom one might think would be interested in at least considering the way one state follows its own rules for how presidential electors are chosen versus those who don’t, seems uninterested. And this, even after Pennsylvania ignored Justice Sam Alito’s order to segregate ballots received before and after Election Day.

Not that I’m all that surprised at all this, mind you: Trump is, and will always be, a brute force to be reckoned with. He never was, and never will be, the kind of guy who easily accommodates working within someone else’s framework – he’s a businessman and a doer, not a politician who talks out of both sides of his mouth and practices the delicate art of persuasion by greasing both sides of his hands. He’s both impatient and demanding, and I’m sure the infighting reported within his administration from Day One involved people far more accustomed to the Beltway way of going about things was more than contributory in that regard. Even so, there’s no excuse for the President to be let down by his own party, his re-election team, and the supposed “army of lawyers” who assured us that they were working in the trenches to prevent the election from being stolen from him. Because they weren’t. Instead, they all appear to have been asleep at the switch thinking that the heavy lifting involving presidential elections involves only the campaign itself and not the “inside baseball” played during the prior winter, spring, and summer months when various key “battleground” states were finalizing the ground rules on how the election would be conducted.

I knew there was some factor I was missing in how the 2020 election game was being played, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. But looking back now, it should have been as clear as day. The Washington establishment (a.k.a. “the Swamp”) wanted a return to pre-Trump “go along, get along” normalcy, and that meant doing whatever was needed to toss Bernie Sanders and his legion of progressive dreamers to the slag heap for a second time in order to select a clueless, doddering, harmless swamp creature like Joe Biden to head the Democratic ticket. It didn’t matter who he chose for VP – in the end, he or she would end up doing whatever the Party establishment wanted because the fix was already set in place. Heck, the guy didn’t even venture out of his basement to campaign regularly; just enough to make the fix not so obvious to those who might suspect something was up. In that regard, fears relating to the COVID-19 pandemic provided more than enough cover.

It seemed weird to me how Biden could even be in the running with the haphazard way his campaign was being run: no door-to-door get out the vote, campaign events lacking any real coordination or enthusiasm, and zero information about what a Biden / Harris agenda would be, beyond pushing the wearing of masks. Not that Biden had to do much of anything beyond putting up the facade that a bona fide presidential campaign was being waged. After all, he had a full-court press of forces backing him and doing all the work: you had the major cable networks and the mainstream media hitting Trump with everything they had, and the Big Tech forces of Twitter, Facebook, and Google supporting them in shutting down conservative voices on their platforms and doing everything they could to suppress anything negative about Biden and his family’s corruption involving Ukraine, China, and other places.

Suckers that we were, we saw the over-the-top enthusiasm being displayed for the President at his own rallies and in the impromptu truck, motorcycle, and boat rallies created by his supporters each and every weekend. They were stunning to see. And completely ignored by the mainstream media. Little did we know that fix was in. I don’t think Biden actually meant what he said when he bragged about having the greatest election fraud organization in American history, but after the ways things have turned out one wonders.

I do think the powers-that-be were caught unaware as Trump voters piled up the numbers on Election Night – so much so that you had multiple swing states announce one after another that they were halting the counting of votes. Perhaps we’ll never know, perhaps we will one day, that software mechanisms had to be tweaked to enable the votes for Biden / Harris to be sufficiently calibrated to ensure the fix be assured.

One doesn’t need to be a mathematician or a data analyst, or a statistician looking at electoral models to know the election was stolen from Donald Trump. All you have to do is look at how the GOP mauled the Democrats in the down-ballot races and other election anomalies. As pollster Patrick Basham in the American Spectator writes:

Midwestern states Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin always swing in the same direction as Ohio and Iowa, their regional peers. Ohio likewise swings with Florida. Current tallies show that, outside of a few cities, the Rust Belt swung in Trump’s direction. Yet, Biden leads in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin because of an apparent avalanche of black votes in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Biden’s ‘winning’ margin was derived almost entirely from such voters in these cities, as coincidentally his black vote spiked only in exactly the locations necessary to secure victory. He did not receive comparable levels of support among comparable demographic groups in comparable states, which is highly unusual for the presidential victor.

We are told that Biden won more votes nationally than any presidential candidate in history. But he won a record low of 17 percent of counties; he only won 524 counties, as opposed to the 873 counties Obama won in 2008. Yet, Biden somehow outdid Obama in total votes.

Victorious presidential candidates, especially challengers, usually have down-ballot coattails; Biden did not. The Republicans held the Senate and enjoyed a ‘red wave’ in the House, where they gained a large number of seats while winning all 27 toss-up contests. Trump’s party did not lose a single state legislature and actually made gains at the state level.

That ought to be sufficient evidence right there. But Basham continues:

The following peculiarities also lack compelling explanations:

1. Late on election night, with Trump comfortably ahead, many swing states stopped counting ballots. In most cases, observers were removed from the counting facilities. Counting generally continued without the observers

2. Statistically abnormal vote counts were the new normal when counting resumed. They were unusually large in size (hundreds of thousands) and had an unusually high (90 percent and above) Biden-to-Trump ratio

3. Late arriving ballots were counted. In Pennsylvania, 23,000 absentee ballots have impossible postal return dates and another 86,000 have such extraordinary return dates they raise serious questions

4. The failure to match signatures on mail-in ballots. The destruction of mail-in ballot envelopes, which must contain signatures

5. Historically low absentee ballot rejection rates despite the massive expansion of mail voting. Such is Biden’s narrow margin that, as political analyst Robert Barnes observes, ‘If the states simply imposed the same absentee ballot rejection rate as recent cycles, then Trump wins the election’

6. Missing votes. In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 50,000 votes held on 47 USB cards are missing

7. Non-resident voters. Matt Braynard’s Voter Integrity Project estimates that 20,312 people who no longer met residency requirements cast ballots in Georgia. Biden’s margin is 12,670 votes

8. Serious ‘chain of custody’ breakdowns. Invalid residential addresses. Record numbers of dead people voting. Ballots in pristine condition without creases, that is, they had not been mailed in envelopes as required by law

9. Statistical anomalies. In Georgia, Biden overtook Trump with 89 percent of the votes counted. For the next 53 batches of votes counted, Biden led Trump by the same exact 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch. It is particularly perplexing that all statistical anomalies and tabulation abnormalities were in Biden’s favor. Whether the cause was simple human error or nefarious activity, or a combination, clearly something peculiar happened.

Yet we’re led to believe that an overwhelming enthusiasm for Joe Biden – even more than that previously shown for Barack Obama – enabled him to win the presidency. Yeah, right.

(to be continued….)

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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 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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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 Off on Us And Them
October 18, 2020

We’re a little more than two weeks out from the presidential election and there is some weird you-know-what going on. Anyone who knows exactly what’s going to happen on November 3 is kidding themselves. For one thing, sixteen days in an election cycle is a lifetime in politics, even more so this year because voting has already started both in person and by mail in many states. So what you’ve basically got are the “official” polls on one side and on the other side folks attempting to project the final vote tallies by the number of mail-in ballots already received based upon party registration.

The problem with the polling is, as Richard Baris and others will tell you, is that nothing appears to have changed since 2016. The mainstream media’s pollster darling is Nate Silver. He didn’t get anything near right in either 2016 or the 2018 midterms, but still the media flocks to him like pigeons to a statue not yet hauled down by the likes of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Now, Baris and others will give you all kinds of reasons why Silver’s methodology sucks, but they’re not in the mainstream media, so their voices are like the psalmist crying out in the wilderness.

As for those attempting to interpret the results of the voting already going on, The Great White Shank has been following the Twitter accounts of Larry Schweikart, Cotto/Gottfried, and M. Joseph Sheppard, among others. I like these guys because, while most certainly supporters of President Trump and the conservative cause, they’re not afraid to link to similar election watchers on the Democratic / liberal side of the aisle. I’ve also got my GOP insider guy who has been kind enough to drop me a text every once in a while when he thinks there’s information worth sharing.

So what do the tea leaves tell me at this point? First, let’s discuss two possible outcomes available to us at this point:

1. A “blue wave” fueled by a combination of Trump hatred and semi-enthusiastic support for “Slo’ Joe Biden. Certainly, the same pollsters who projected a Hillary win in 2016 are saying something similar for 2020. The Biden campaign is flush with cash from Wall Street, the unions, Hollywood, and Big Tech, and the early vote-by-mail numbers appear to heavily skewed in favor Democrats. These are all fairly persuasive, but I look at the Biden campaign and I see far more evidence to the contrary: it has started telling voters not to trust the pollsters, that the race is far closer than it appears. Just two weeks ago, the Biden campaign, which up to that point had been emphasizing social media out of COVID-19 concerns, started opening GOTV offices in several “battleground” states. And then there was Friday’s announcement that Barack Obama was going to hit the campaign trail on his behalf in places like Philadelphia and Detroit; that tells me that there are concerns about black voter enthusiasm, crucial to a Biden win.

And then there’s the issue about the Biden rallies. Even given COVID-19 concerns, his rallies generate little in the way of interest and enthusiasm, both online and in-person. The evidence is out there there for everyone to see, and it’s non-existent. Especially interesting to me is the lack of down-ballot candidate presence at Biden’s rallies. Politicians know the importance of aligning themselves with winners: were Biden so popular you’d think he’d have candidates running in close races beside him to gin-up interest. Larry Schweikart wonders if the Democrats’ campaign of COVID-19 fear-mongering will have a dampening effect on voter enthusiasm, most especially on the youth vote with so many colleges being remote this year. Sure, the rabid Trump haters will come out in droves – and perhaps that’s what the Biden campaign is counting on – but in an election that will come down once again to the Electoral College and not the popular vote, I’m not sure that’s a winning strategy.

2. A “red wave” fueled by Trump enthusiasm and a hidden Trump vote amongst Democrats and independents not being picked up by the pollsters. Anecdotally, judging by the Trump campaign’s “peaceful protest” rallies and the crazy number of Trump “flash mob” car and boat rallies taking place every weekend across the country, one has to wonder if once again the pollsters are missing something akin (or even greater) to what happened in 2016. Certainly, the enthusiasm of Trump voters is off the charts, and his rallies are heavily attended both in-person and online (for example, the Carson City, NV rally tonight already has nearly 900K online viewers). And if you watch any of the Trump rallies you know there are any number of down-ballot candidates more than willing to share the locale with him. Another difference between 2020 and 2016 is that the Trump campaign appears to have chosen to emphasize its GOTV effort over traditional media buys. How this will play out on November 3 is anyone’s guess, but I can tell y’all this: if the Trump ground game in other “battleground” states is anywhere near like it appears to be here in Arizona, his campaign is going to get people to the polls.

Conventional wisdom, of course, is that this is going to be another close election, one determined by whose campaign is able to get their base out the most. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think anyone knows what is going to happen this year. Between the COVID-19 lockdowns and the increased vote by mail, any models and projections based upon returned ballots and voter registration will be purely speculative.

My tried-and-true approach is to infer where the race stands by watching what the campaigns are doing. And it is here I have to admit I have no clue what the Biden campaign is doing. I don’t understand Biden’s decision to stay off the campaign trail for the next four days so he can do “debate preparation”. I don’t buy it – why would a Washington swamp creature with nearly a half-century of political experience require any more debate preparation time than he’s already had? And I don’t think he’s doing it duck the New York Post‘s Hunter Biden corruption allegations; surely he knows Trump is going to make them an issue at Thursday night’s debate. Unless Biden has no plans to debate Trump on Thursday night, but I honestly can’t see him ducking that. So I don’t know what the hell is going on – maybe thebradfordfile is right: he’s giving up. But if he feels he doesn’t need to campaign because he’s confident of a win, well that doesn’t jive with his campaign’s other recent actions mentioned above. You know Trump will be everywhere doing multiple rallies between now and Election Day, so his strategy is obviously to keep the enthusiasm meter running on the red, nail down his base, and attempt to extend that enthusiasm (and therefore expand the electoral battlefield) with independents and whatever undecideds there might still be.

Of course, given that this is 2020 I still think there’s something going on out there that I’m missing. There are just too many variables. What impact will any additional Biden family corruption allegations have on independents and undecideds? It’s a given that Biden will announce his intention to pack the Supreme Court if elected as soon as Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is approved. What impact will that have with independents who haven’t yet voted? Are there other “October surprises” out there? And if so, will they make any difference at this point? If the Thursday night debate actually occurs, what – if any – impact will it have? What will be the impact of the Democrats front-loading their vote with vote-by-mail? Does it only serve to cannibalize their typical Election Day voting numbers? So the Biden campaign’s body language and general strategy seems strange to me.

I just think at this point we haven’t seen the end of 2020’s surprises. Which is why I’m having a hard time getting answers from the tea leaves. Plenty of questions, tho…

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[UPDATE} ….and here you have two different sources for the same thing – early indications that what the Schweikart link about is talking about. From Democratic mouthpieces like Politico and theThe New York Times, no less. Possible indications that the Dems know they are in trouble? Perhaps thebradfordfile is right?

Biden/Harris rally in Minnesota.
Harris rally in Orlando.
Yep, the enthusiasm is palpable! Hence today’s headlines above.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 20:01 | Comments Off on Reading More Tea Leaves
October 16, 2020

Quick takes on Thursday night’s battling town halls – NBC’s Savannah Guthrie vs. Donald Trump and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos vs. “Slo’ Joe” Biden:

1. There is little doubt between the two who had the toughest interrogator; it was the President. Lots of folks are unhappy about Guthrie’s performance, but not me. I expect anyone at this point in an election cycle who chooses to do one of these so-called “town halls” to go into the lion’s den. Personally, I don’t want Trump being interrogated by the likes of Shawn Hannity. Sure, I thought Guthrie came perilously close to being a nagging shrew at times, but I also wanted to see how the President handled himself under fire, and to that extent I thought he did just fine.

2. On the other hand, Stephanopoulos showed himself to be nothing put the partisan pussy that the Biden campaign needs at this point. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican – I cannot for the life of me understand how a so-called “journalist” from the ABC News division didn’t ask the Democrat candidate running for President of the United States about the biggest story in America today: crack addict Hunter Biden peddling influence with Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs and the Chinese Communist Party while his father was Vice-President. Regardless of your political views, the questions should have been asked; to not do so is nothing but political malfeasance and, in the end, it did Biden (or ABC and Stephanopoulos) no good.

3. Anyone who watched both town halls couldn’t deny the difference in vibes that existed between both programs. Trump’s townhall had a truly live and positive atmosphere; whether the questioner was leaning for or against the President (whether or not you believe he answered their questions sufficiently, something I think he could have done better), one cannot deny President Trump looked healthy, engaged, at ease, and forthright. I especially liked his answer regarding Roe vs. Wade – he basically put himself firmly as a supporter of the courts and the law of the land. He was disarming, in good spirits, and seemed to genuinely enjoy the give and take involved.

4. Biden’s town hall, in stark contrast, seemed to be absent of any real energy of any kind. Given the softball questions offered by Stephanopoulos, Biden was allowed to virtually sleepwalk though the entire event. Believe me, this did not help Biden in any way: voters want to see their candidates have their feet put to the fire. Compared to Trump’s assertiveness and confidence, Biden came across as just another boring Washington pol with that innate swamp creature ability to speak volumes without saying virtually anything. When I heard this my bullshit meter went past red:

Joe Biden just related another swimming pool story. This time, when he was 8 years old and he saw two men kissing each other, his dad told him, “It’s simple, they love each other.”

Doubtful in 1950 in Scranton. You may hate that, but c’mon maaaan, 1950?

Corn Pop was unavailable for a comment.

Joe Biden is full of shit. Hat tip: PJ Media.

5. I think Richard Baris has the line of the night (if you watched NBC’s town hall you’ll know what he’s talking about):

Truly folks, it was something. Did you see it? Are they aware of how it looks when they act like this?

Black women shaking their heads at the ridiculous line of questioning from a privileged white shill woman like @SavannahGuthrie.

Incredible optics.

Bottom line: tonight’s “town halls” did nothing to advance Biden’s candidacy, and those who will have turned in (and it will be seen far more watched the President than watched Biden), whether they personally like Trump or not, will grudgingly have to give him his due by going into the lion’s den.

Tonight was a win/win for the President.

Where’s Hunter?

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 02:22 | Comments Off on The Great Town Hall Battles

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