UPDATE: "President Donald Trump"..."Commander-in-Chief"...."ultimate authority over U.S. nuclear strike decisions"....etc. Does that alarm/distress the 'beejeezus' out of you??

...Someone sane (and in close proximity..possibly armed) better be watching that guy, 24/7.

...Some good news: From afar, we are. He needs adult supervision, and I'm up for providing a bit of that -- sort of -- right here (off-site link): https://aregularfakenewshound.tumblr.com/

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(Previously written:) 12/16 temporary post:

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12/16 comment: Yeah..↑this (above) ↑is no longer a "joke" (...it wasn't before the "election", either...). If bipartisan leaders and national intelligence agencies conclude Russia (or anyone) meddled with the U.S. election to the advantage of one candidate; re-do the election. Especially if that one candidate or his campaign was somehow involved.

Or, at least demand that the nation's electors do their job(s) as designed, and provide them with the necessary information to do so.

....If the U.S then -- unbelievably -- (re-)installs the Putin puppet -- this 'ain't' America anymore!

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(Previously written:)


11/24/16 update: "Precedent Hillary":


The popular vote winner for president should request a recount. Why? In addition to earning the overall vote lead (...that would constitute "legitimacy"..), requesting a recount may help hold "mandate"-claiming Republicans (somewhat) in check.

Perhaps more importantly, there has been evidence of outside interference during the campaign.

...National votes should be routinely audited -- at least going forward. Set a precedent for modern elections/vote-tallying.

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(Previously written:)11/9/16 commentary: Additional, updated commentary is further below. FWIW: It's little consolation (for many), but Hillary (probably) has narrowly significantly won the U.S. popular vote.....So hate and bigotry did not win-out at least with the national vote for president...Update: ((Go ahead and) 'Spin' that fact or attack it with disinformation (e.g., fake facts) any way desired (..I guess). The 'bottom line' (for many) is that the popular-vote clear loser is being elevated into power. Potentially marginalizing a majority of voters -- particularly if a 'mandate' is (also being) claimed.)

(Update: Excerpt of Sen. Harry Reid's 11/11/16 remarks re Trump's 'winning':)
“...If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate..... “Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try....”

(Link to source.)

11/17/16: Off-site link to a worthy article. No affiliation, new window opens: http://time.com/4575119/electoral-college-demagogues/?

Another one: http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-harris-trumps-election-bigotry-1117-20161116-column.html

Final comments here (blog is no longer being updated -- it's time to move forward. Remember: 'Question authority'..): Credit to Michael Moore for correctly gauging the "industrial heartland" vote. Blogger alter-ego 'Vere Askey' also had some hazy idea (link) (in March) about what could happen (in general)..


(11/14/16 post-election:) ↓ooohh...You were 'mad'!↓(..In more ways than one.) And scared. You know; much like a petulant, unlearned child is, of some form of change in their life.
You refuse(d) to take a hard look in the mirror first -- at yourself, i.e.; for the source of some of your problems.... ..
So now: What's the (realistic) plan?
Really. We're starting 2017...not 1957. What's the plan?
(..And: 'Who ya gonna call'? (off-site article link))



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(Commentary:) 11/9/16: OK. It's gloomy here, but I believe that the sun will still rise in the east today. The world still seems to be turning -- at least for now. Those in my life still love me, need ears scratched and tummies, or something rubbed, and all that.

Obviously, I was wrong with my projection below. A lot of people -- smart people -- were wrong.

(FWIW, industrial Midwest states tripped us up here. ..Where steel mills etc. have been losing out to (global) competition for nearly 50 years; it hasn't been a secret. (I'm long-familiar with the area and its industries). I have no idea how Donald Trump is going to significantly reverse all that, without busting the U.S budget wide open, adversely isolating the U.S. economy from the world, "manufacturing" large numbers of old-time high-paying jobs out of thin air (in an era of increasing automation), etc. etc...One possibility: A large infrastructure repair/modernization/upgrade project involving the entire nation. Something Democrats have at times advocated -- only to be blocked by obstructionist Republicans..BTW: Credit to Michael Moore (off-site article link) for correctly gauging dissent and frustration in America's industrial heartland..)

A lot of us are dismayed, worried, angry -- you name it -- right now...It does matter who is elected to the U.S. presidency.
One thing that is crystal-clear is that the U.S. is a deeply divided nation. (The other is that many prominent public polls apparently were unable to accurately gauge the U.S. electorate..)

It's difficult to imagine, but maybe Donald Trump somehow will turn out basically OK as president. The entire nation -- and world -- needs to start praying for that, and doing whatever we can to better ensure it. Some important checks and balances still exist in our system of government -- I hope. We're going to need plenty of strong and smart people to watch President-elect Trump, and to stand up to him as needed.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of the upcoming Trump University fraud case. ..What becomes of the numbers of women accusing President-Elect Trump of sexual misconduct. ..What becomes of the ridiculous, expensive wall blocking all of Mexico. ...When/if world markets will recover. ...What influence over the U.S. 'admirable' Vladimir Putin will now have...What happens to U.S. efforts to mitigate burgeoning climate change. On and on..

Great forces and powers of existence: If appeal is possible, please do not forsake our country any further.

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Off-site link to an article (11/8/16) from someone more eloquent (etc.) than I am: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/the-unknown-country
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(Previously posted:)11/7/16: ↓This tiny blog's presidential election prediction ('worst case'):

The created electoral map below -- based upon personal analysis of various national polls, recent trends, pertinent news stories, etc -- represents what I believe would be close to a WORST (but winning) case for Hillary Clinton.
...I.e., she loses "battlegrounds" Ohio, North Carolina and Florida -- and also Nevada. (Insert: My own guess? She does not lose all four of those..)

(Continuing:) Note that Clinton still manages to slightly exceed the 270 electoral votes required to prevail. (This scenario also assumes that 3 of Maine's 4 "split" electoral votes go to Clinton.) Also note that this analysis assumes a fair election, with no effective outside interference and no significant vote-related "shenanigans" by Trump fanatics...:



Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com

Please be sure to VOTE.
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(Previously posted:) 2016 national election: "Both are unpopular. Only one is a threat." (Off-site 7/16 opinion article, new window opens. No affiliation:) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/both-are-unpopular-only-one-is-a-threat/2016/07/10/4d78dce8-4529-11e6-bc99-7d269f8719b1_story.html
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Imagined: Mainstream media dares to ask Donald Trump a climate change question

(Commentary:)

That question isn't often posed (currently) -- even though a recent, prominent U.S. opinion poll indicates growing concern about the problem.  So let's imagine part of a Q&A:

Candidate "Donald Trump" (..finishing rambling diatribe):".....Putin likes me."
Mainstream media's "Wesley Thrall": "Sir, if we can get on to another topic...."
'D. Trump' (interrupting): "...America will be great again, Wesley, and NATO better think about fulfilling their obligations to us!"
'Thrall': "Mr. Trump...."
'D.Trump': (continuing): "Excuse me!....And when South Korea and other countries all have their own nuclear weapons we won't have to worry about supporting them so much either!"
'Thrall': "I have a different question for you Mr......."
'D. Trump' (interrupting again): "Excuse me Wesley!....Don't miss my huge guest-starring cameo on "WWE Battlefield". It's great!"

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'Thrall': "Mr. TRUMP! Please. Let's get on with the interview that you agreed to do with this network! 
Now sir: Recent public opinion polls indicate increasing concern among Americans about climate change and its effects, sometimes referred to as 'global warming'. Global temperature data shows the hottest years have all occurred since 1998.  Both you and Mr. Pence are on record as, one way or another, doubting - if not outright dismissing - the issue of climate change and the science supporting....."
'D. Trump' (interrupting): "It's all Hillary's hot air..."
'Thrall': "Sir. if you'll let me finish the question..."
'D. Trump' (interrupting): "Excuse me! Mike Pence is a great choice who is going to help me "Make America Great Again!""
'Thrall': "That wasn't the q....."
'D. Trump': "Look...: Coal is from America. Coal-miners are Americans. Fracking is American. Frackers are American. We've got to Make America Great Again! I don't see the problem here....
'Thrall': "Carbon dioxide emissions from coal combustion represented 24.5 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2012... It has the highest carbon content of any fuel..."
'D. Trump' (interrupting): "What about China? Don't they burn a lot of coal?"
'Thrall': "...And how as a world leader would you go about addressing that aspect of the issue, sir?"
'D. Trump' (ignoring): "Regulations that shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and block the construction of new ones — how stupid is that?” I'll rescind all of them!"
'Thrall': "Sir, the U.S. president doesn't currently have legal authority to do that...."
'D. Trump': "When I get very dumb, embarrassing Ginsburg off the Court, I will!"
'Thrall': "But the president doesn't..." 
'D. Trump': "...And Obama's Paris Agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use on our land, in our country. No way."
'Thrall' (exasperated): "The Paris Agreement is comprised of voluntary pledges by countries....".
'D. Trump' (interrupting): "It's cancelled when I'm president! I alone can fix it! Nobody knows the system better than me.  We’re going to bring back the coal industry, save the coal industry. I love those people.
'Thrall' (slumping in chair): "How, Mr. Trump...Exactly how will you alone do these things? 
....We have to break now for a message, ↓brought to you by America's coal industry:"





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P.S. Upcoming televised presidential debate planners and 'moderators': Please, no brow-beating interruptions of other, participating candidates tolerated. (Or the moderators.) None. Halt the 'debate'. Publicly admonish the offending party. Enforce time limits. ...Send them off for a 'timeout'....whatever. Etc.
... And, if necessary: No studio audience of rabid, shouting 'supporters', turning the debate into a grandstanding spectacle. Please, let the rest of us hear the candidates - by themselves -  speak to the issues. 







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