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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10/30/17 update....(esp. for Trump trolls everywhere, awaiting new signals from the Kremlin:)

(Video:)"12-counts Manafort"... come on down:↓



YT video link. No copyright etc.

-> "Paul is a great asset and an important addition..." -- Donald Trump, 2016. (Source linked.)

->"...George Papadopoulos. He’s an oil and energy consultant. Excellent guy...." -- Donald Trump, 2016. (Source linked.)


(..New campaign song?)



YT video link. No copyright claimed or intended.


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(Previously written:) 12/16 temporary post:

A suggested Donald Trump/GOP inaugural theme-song. (Ref.: The song's refrain..) No ownership or affiliation:



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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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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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Friday, July 8, 2016

The U.S. must unite against violence of all forms (updated)

(Comment. I'm speaking of all nefarious forms of  violence. (Last-resort self-defense might be one 'exception'.):)


"... (A) vicious, despicable, calculated attack on law enforcement..." 7/7/16 Dallas attack on police.

Add 'cowardly'.

"There's no contradiction between supporting law enforcement and working to see that biases in the justice system are rooted out..." (Link to source)
#StoptheViolence


Update: Guns. guns and more guns. More details will emerge....But in the populous U.S.A. we make it ridiculously easy for evil/'unhinged' people to be armed. In a country of 319+ million,  there will always be evil or unhinged individuals:


Totally off-the-cuff exercise: Multiply 200,000,000 (200 million people) by 1% of 1%.

I.e., for non-scientific argument sake, let's guess that on any given day in the U.S.A. there might be one percent of one percent of (a rough guess at) the age-eighteen-and-over population (we'll say 200 million) who might want to hurt others. For this quick exercise, that's 200,000,000 X 0.0001. (I.e., 0.01 X 0.01 = 0.0001.)  So, 200 million times 1% of 1% is: 200,000,000 X 0.0001 = 20,000.

Twenty thousand people (theoretically) on any day who may be a danger to others???  And a percentage of them have access to guns?? OK, maybe that's too high of a guess...or too scary of one. For off-the-cuff argument's sake, move the decimal out two more places:
  200,000,000 X 0.000001 = 200.

In this made-up but not implausible exercise that's possibly 200 people in the large, populous U.S.A. at least theoretically ("statistically") capable of malice or mayhem on a given day. This (in general, via more rigorous statistical modeling and analysis, of course) is how we should currently be thinking about guns and gun violence in this country. 

We allow 'evil' to be armed.

..How would YOU feel??↓ Always remember: Police officers were moving toward the shots/shooter...(Potentially disturbing video:)





(No affiliation with poster.... other than I'm a human who would have been scared too.)

[Insert: BTW: It completely corresponds with Trump campaign demagoguery, crassness,  and shallowness that they allegedly tried to get a police dept. photo-op out of this tragedy: Off-site 7/8/16 article link:
 http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/trump-barred-speaking-nypd-officers-article-1.2704476]


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 7/9/16 insert -- Briefly, something else to ponder: 

Details about the deadly Dallas police ambush are still coming out at this point. Apparently however, the now-known-to-be lone perpetrator was an (...likely-trained ...reportedly a 'sniper'  Update: I'm unable to verify the 'sniper' report..)... Army reservist, armed with an AR-15 military-style rifle, and had (at least) a protective vest. Plus, it's clear that he "had a plan", in advance. (7/9/16 note: I've been unable to definitively confirm the exact type of weapon(s) used, at this point..)

Also, FWIW: Reportedly, there also were around 20 people in the (civilian) protest crowd "...carrying rifles and wearing protective equipment".

Doesn't this tragedy beg a question? (Several, actually.) One (trained) guy with an AR-15 (or similar, at least), armor, a plan, and the element of surprise.... was able to kill and maim a number of armed and trained police officers..... (In the initial confusion, it was (even) thought there was more than one gun-killer involved..)


....Isn't one of the NRA/gun-nut "arguments"  -- essentially -- to allow almost-everyone to be armed with a gun? That armed civilians would be able to "stop the carnage", i.e,; shoot and "take out" the killer(s)? E.g., "good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns", etc.

Even the armed and trained Dallas police could not accomplish that (i.e., stop a killer armed with modern weaponry and an advance plan), during the initial, chaotic situation. (They did kill him hours later, after heavy losses..)
 ...Some actually "expect" amateur-civilians (often with little pertinent training) to be able to successfully intervene under similar circumstances??? (There were "twenty" (or so) of those there (in Dallas), 'dudes'..)
...Trained, armed police could not initially locate or stop a heavily-armed killer with instruction and a plan. Think about it...

(Exaggerated illustration↓, from fiction. For illustrative purposes only, not glorification (i.e., pretty much like the movie(s) did), or direct comparison.:)



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 "We have an incredible warrior class in this country - people in law enforcement, intelligence - and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world."
-- Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/brad_thor.html

"If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice."
--Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/l/learned_hand.html



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