Here’s another rhetorical question with an obvious answer (“NO!”), but will anyone ever do a damn thing about voter fraud in this country?
James O’Keefe recently busted a New York City election commissioner admitting that voter fraud happens there all the time…and to such an extent that it makes even him sick, and he’s a Democrat.
Republicans are terrified of talking about voter fraud because Democrats call them racist when they do. That’s because Democrats like to say that black people are too stupid to get IDs and that’s why IDs can’t be asked for at polling places. Because that’s not racist or anything, Democrats saying that black people are too dumb to get state-issued IDs to verify who the hell they actually are.
Every election, Democrats cry that voter fraud is a myth but that’s not true. During the 2008 primaries when I went to all kinds of states supporting Hillary Clinton, we saw voter fraud rampant in every place that held a caucus. The Obama campaign would literally bus in college students from other states to vote in the caucuses and throw them to Obama. He won almost every caucus state that way.
Now, in 2016, Hillary won’t talk about any of this because Obama people are running her 2016 campaign. After the 2008 election, there was hope that Hillary Clinton would lead an effort to reform the primary system and get rid of those damn caucuses…but clearly she chose not to, since in 2016 she had Obama people helping her and they love the caucuses because of how easy it is to cheat in them.
In the general election, Democrats will be busing homeless people and union stooges to different places to vote multiple times.
Another thing that Democrats are doing is asking for absentee ballots from their home states, but they will also be voting in whatever state they currently live in as well. This is especially true for college students.
Democrats will vote in the names of people who live in nursing homes. That’s an easy one, because people who are mentally deficit due to dementia or other ills will have no idea that Democrats asked for absentee ballots in their names and voted for them.
In every city controlled by Democrats, Spanish-speakers and other illegals will be allowed to vote when they are not citizens, especially if Democrats have given them IDs of some kind.
I believe that in most polling places there are people who come in from the Democrat Party and vote in the names of people who have not yet shown up to vote or who are dead. I don’t know how anyone would stop that, seeing as how no IDs are ever checked. So, Democrats just have a list of dead people or elderly people or people who never vote but are registered…and then they have someone walk in with that person’s name and address and someone votes as that person.
I’m stumped as to what it will take for anyone to do anything about this.
The only thing I can think of is that if Donald Trump starts making a lot of noise about this and echoing what James O’Keefe has been saying since his latest video release then maybe it will get some traction.
I have to say that I have zero faith in the integrity of elections in this country because I’ve seen firsthand how the Left cheats. I live in Chicago and I see so many ways that Democrats here create opportunities for voter fraud in our elections.
I hope you are someone who is starting to get angry about this and that you believe this is unacceptable. The lie that Democrats always say that this is not happening has to become a lie that no one tolerates any longer. Some of these states will come down to a few thousand votes…and that seems like it sure would be easy to steal with voter fraud in just a handful of counties.
I bet that Pennsylvania is determined every election by voter fraud in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I believe that voter fraud in Chicago is enough to swing Illinois every election as well. If not for voter fraud, I think that Mitt Romney would have been president in 2012.
Voter fraud is such a slap in the face of everything that America is supposed to stand for…yet it only ever gets talked about as an election is upon us…and then after the election everyone forgets about it and moves on to other things.
What would happen if this time we didn’t follow that same old pattern? What if we made combating voter fraud something we all kept caring about and made it a hobby and sphere of interest?
What would it take to get powerful people interest in cleaning up all the fraud once and for all?
[Click above to embiggen: the latest ridiculous rumor that HotAir is trying to start, that the third presidential debate will be canceled…because I guess HotAir needs clicks and web traffic.]
I really need your help on this one, because it stumps me. I think it’s a cultural thing that I don’t understand, since I didn’t grow up as a Republican. This might be some kind of fetish that my brain doesn’t have and can’t process. Can someone please explain to me why Republicans seem to love bizarre Conspiracies of DOOM?
Democrats never do this. Only Republicans get into this stuff. Is it the equivalent of going to a fun and scary haunted house and getting the adrenaline going? Is there something about being a Republican that means people who are Republican can’t get enough of freaking themselves out all the time?
HotAir is the place that I see a lot of this stuff originate, with two people being mainly responsible: Jazz Shaw and something called an “Allahpundit.” In my opinion, they are two of the most irresponsible people writing on any conservative site. Why do they have jobs?
The latest rumor they are pushing is that “DOOM! Hillary Clinton is going to pull out of the third debate!” I don’t know why any sane person would ever write something like that…unless it’s just supposed to get them more clicks and web traffic. Is that why they do this?
If so, these guys are being really dishonest with their readers. When you post something political, you should believe in what you are posting at the time. You could later be proven wrong if you are making a prediction that doesn’t pan out, but you should have the decency to write in good faith about whatever it is you are analyzing in the moment. That’s a basic assumption when reading a credible political site, which I assume HotAir to be.
So why are they behind so many of the weird demoralizing rumors of DOOM! DOOM, I SAY! that percolate during elections? I will never understand why they do this. I wish there was a convenient way of keeping track of whenever they do this and plotting it out on a graph or something to make a nice record of their behavior, which I think is atrocious.
Does anyone really believe that Hillary Clinton is going to pull out of the last debate on October 19th? Why on Earth would she do that? HotAir is pushing this lie today, just like they pushed similar lies before the first debate that all the debates were going to be canceled. Why did they do that?
My ex-boyfriend Justin’s mother, CarolAnne, eats this stuff up like candy. I happen to love CarolAnne and even though Justin moved back home to Arkansas I still gets emails from her, which I am happy about. She enjoys jabbing me for being part of Team Hillary in 2008 and I enjoy pointed, acerbic banter with someone I’ve known for 6 years and hope I am in touch with for the rest of her life. She adds color to my day whenever she pops into my in-box to harangue me with something that I usually think is crazy. It makes me smile.
HotAir upsets CarolAnne on a rolling basis, because she reads the things they say as if they are true instead of weird lies (which I believe them to be). All through the primaries, CarolAnne was upset by HotAir because the muppets posting over there said the following at one point or another:
* Donald Trump would drop out of the primaries
* Ted Cruz would snatch the nomination from Trump
* At the Convention in Cleveland, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and others would orchestrate a coup and take the nomination away from Trump and give it to Mitt Romney
* Mitt Romney is an evil genius who was plotting multiple coups
* Trump would lose interest in being the nominee and would drop out of the race after the Convention
* The debates would be canceled
* Okay, so after the first debate was not canceled, the second one totally would be canceled
* Trump would be dumped as the nominee and replaced with Mitt Romney because, uh, something or another
* The second debate happened but there will totally be no more debates, because Allahpundit said so
What the hell is an Allahpundit anyway? One thing I tell CarolAnne is that as a general rule in life, I never pay much attention to anything said or written by anyone who uses a fake screen name. To me, if you don’t want to use your real name when writing your opinions, then you really don’t believe in what you are saying and you never want to be held accountable for any of it. Hence, you call yourself “Allahpundit” or “SkippyMcGee” or “Whatever.”
What I think Allahpundit and Jazz Shaw do is that they look at Twitter and other social media trackers and they see what key words are trending and then they try to invent some story that would surf those trends and get a lot of attention. I don’t think they write about what they are thinking about in the moment so much as they write things that they think would upset people and get them a lot of attention. I think it’s all about getting hits for HotAir. So, that’s their business model.
What troubles me is that I believe these guys know how much they manipulate people like CarolAnne emotionally with these wild rumors they spread, but they don’t really care what it does to people. Someone like CarolAnne has been on an emotional rollercoaster needlessly the last few months, believing the things that Allahpundit and Jazz Shaw write that never turn out to be true. I think this rollercoaster of emotions is addictive for a lot of people…and it sure is exciting for them to be taken in by the latest Conspiracy of Doom. That’s much more exciting than real life, even during the most exciting election we’ve ever had.
As wild and crazy as things really are in Actual Reality every day right now, HotAir wants to make them even more exciting by introducing weird, fictional, Alternate Realities where things like debates are canceled or presidential candidates are removed from the ballot weeks before an election. These are the kinds of things that happen on tee-vee shows like Scandal, not the real world. I picture Allahpundit — whoever the hell that is — trying to squeeze into an Olivia Pope costume for Halloween, with an oversized glass of red wine in his hand, prancing around a sad little apartment somewhere laughing his head off that he’s once again gotten the CarolAnnes of the world upset over his latest manufactured rumor.
I don’t know why Republicans are so into this stuff, but I’ll tell you that Democrats don’t engage in any of this. Republicans seem to gravitate towards Conspiracies of Doom that are frightening to them, where Republicans for some reason like hearing tales of the worst things that could possibly befall them. Like children gathered around a campfire listening to ghost stories in their jammies. Republicans like to be scared out of their minds, I guess. Democrats ain’t got no time for that. They are too busy winning elections.
If you notice, no Democrats put out negative or doomsday content before an election because Democrats don’t want to depress their own turnout. A Democrat will never write anything that depresses people and makes them want to just sit home on election day. Everything that Democrats do is designed to rev up their base and get people to vote as many times as possible, with as much fraud and trickery as possible, to defeat the evil Republicans. Doing anything and everything to break the law and rig the system and whatever it takes is a badge of honor for Democrats.
All Republicans ever seem to do is to freeze in place, terrify themselves with the latest Conspiracy of Doom, and essentially forfeit elections…because they psych themselves out and convince themselves that there’s no hope so we all might as well just give up. To me, this would be like a foolish person having a job interview…but deciding ahead of time that there’s no way she would ever be hired, or believing people were plotting against her to keep her from being hired, so she doesn’t bother to print out a resume to take with her, doesn’t bother to wear nice clothes or even comb her hair, doesn’t bother to get there on time or do anything else to land herself that job.
Then, when she doesn’t get the job, she says: “See! Allahpundit was right! I was never going to get the job!”
Psyching themselves out and just giving up in the home stretch is this weird thing that Republicans do that Democrats never, ever do. For the life of me, I don’t know why Republicans do it. And I don’t know why there are never any consequences for people like Allahpundit or Jazz Shaw who encourage all this. Why do they still have paying jobs as columnists at HotAir when this is the kind of content they vomit out?
If anyone can explain this to me, please do. I am sincerely stumped and must be missing something. I would appreciate the edification.
It’s always interesting to go to sleep after a presidential debate and then wake up the next morning thinking about what just happened. Some debates in the past — especially any featuring Mitt Romney or John McCain — could have put you to sleep. Not last night’s throw down between Hillary and Trump, however. Here are some thoughts I have this morning after watching what I think was the most exciting and surreal presidential debate ever.
1. The Town Hall format is a stupid sham. Let’s be real about this. Why continue this farce? First, the people allowed int he audience are all specifically selected by some polling company. They say they are “undecideds” (which to me means they are so stupid that they couldn’t choose between a Big Mac and chicken nuggets if they had five hours at a Drive-Thru) but is that really true? Listen to the questions asked by the ones that were allowed to talk. I think they way they phrased things or the topics they chose to talk about reveal that they aren’t “undecided” at all. On top of that, CSPAN revealed how the whole process works: once these “undecided” people are chosen, they are given four cards to fill out, with one question per card. Then, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz or people working for them went through the cards and selected which ones they wanted people to ask during the debate. I don’t think you can really still call something a Town Hall forum if you pick what people are allowed to ask. Isn’t the whole point of a Town Hall that regular people stand up and speak and it’s all unpredictable? Like going to a local village board meeting. No one clears what you can talk about beforehand. The Presidential Debate Commission needs to retire this Town Hall format because it’s just become a time-waster, with various people in an audience asking canned, pre-approved questions that were selected by the debate moderators. So what’s the point of even having these “townspeople” when they have been essentially gagged and muted and are just reading lines prepared for them?
2. Trump did what Mitt Romney and John McCain should have done in years past…and I cheered! I really loved it when Trump would call out Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz on their bias and the way that they would interrupt Trump but not Hillary. Haven’t we all had enough of this? During these debates, Trump and Hillary will get into some interesting exchanges…but then the moderators jump in and want to move things along to some other schizophrenic topic. Why not allow the American people to hear from the candidates? The moderators seem to feel that they have this one moment in the spotlight and they want to get as much out of the spotlight as possible, so they interrupt and tell the candidates to stop talking to prove that they are important. What they don’t realize is that nobody cares about these moderators. If they need to feel special and important, they should get a therapist to tell them how special they are for $400/hour. Why can’t the two candidates just have a conversation for 90 minutes and talk about their differences and why they each feel they should have the job of being president? Why do we need Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz and Lester Holt and that Hispanic/Asian Woman from the VP debate? What value do they add to the proceedings?
3. Trump was really effective using humor against Hillary. There is no comeback possible for ridicule. He made her look really stupid with some well-delivered humorous jabs. This is something that Republicans never seem to understand, but regular people gravitate towards. My favorite line from Trump last night popped up during an exchange where Hillary said that Trump should never be president…and he told her she wouldn’t want that because she’d be in jail. I hope he keeps hammering the promise that if he’s elected he will demand a special prosecutor to look over the FBI’s mishandling of that email investigation. I believe that FBI Director Comey should be in jail too, along with current AG Loretta Lynch. Everyone who engaged in political posturing and interfered with that investigation needs to go to jail. And stay there for a while. I know that there must still be good and decent people working at the FBI. This is similar to how we are always told that there are good Muslims out there, somewhere. Even though no one can ever find these good Muslims, they are supposedly out there somewhere. If that’s true, then I don’t understand why those mythical good Muslims don’t speak out against the other Muslims who are killing gays, mistreating women, blowing things up, and plotting against the United States. If there really are good people still working in the FBI, then they need to come out from hiding and speak out against Director Comey and Loretta Lynch. The FBI has destroyed its credibility and can no longer be trusted, just as the IRS cannot be trusted. Do people think this will get better or worse with the Clintons back in the White House?
4. It was surreal having Bill Clinton’s victims in the audience. They need to come to the next debate too. But when they tell their stories, they need to understand that most people have never heard any of this before. Sometimes when they speak, they think it’s the 1990s again and everyone knows all the details. Millennials are the laziest and most self-absorbed generation we’ve ever had in this country. If it didn’t happen 15 minutes ago, they don’t know about it. If it happened before they were even born, you might as well be telling them about dinosaurs eating breakfast in the Jurassic period. Bill’s victims need to understand just how attention-deficit and ignorant Millennials are…so when they speak, they need to do more to get the Millennials to understand how horrific everything was that Bill did to them. They can’t mince words or hold back. Millennials don’t have the patience or the natural smarts to pick up on euphemisms and innuendo. And it’s Millennials who really need to hear this stuff, because the rest of us lived through it all and remember it.
5. The Establishment really wants to stop Trump and it’s clear that the GOP is part of the Establishment. We are in such a strange place politically right now. I think it’s clear we have three true parties at the moment, even if only two are recognized formally: we have the Democrats, who were taken over the Left and will continue to be a far-Left party for the foreseeable future, based on how popular Bernie Sanders ended up being. Then we have the GOP, which is clearly run by the Establishment…and that Establishment wants Hillary Clinton to win because she is seen as one of them. And if Hillary would win, nothing would change and the Establishment would keep its comfy existence. And then there’s the Deplorables, which I think is actually the majority of the country. The Deplorables are looked down upon by Democrats and the Establishment. Trump might be running under the Republican framework but he is clearly the candidate of the Deplorables…which I define as people who love America and hate what the Establishment has been doing to this country.
If Hillary Clinton would win, I think that all of the tension and stress and problems we have now will just get worse. There will be years of continued scandal, since she proved that she creates new scandals instead of just trying to hide things her husband did. All of this email business and Benghazi and Libya and now Syria are her own scandals. The things she does that George Soros tells her to do are all on her, not her husband. I don’t know who wants to sit through all of this unraveling and new terrible things happening for the next four years.
On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who has proven that he’s not afraid to shake things up or burn things to the ground. He was brave enough to do things that John McCain and Mitt Romney never had the guts to do during these debates. He horrified the Establishment by calling those moderators out and by punching back twice as hard at everything the Left threw at him in recent days.
Isn’t that who you’d want to be president? A fighter? A brass-knuckled pugilist who will take the fight to everyone who deserves to be punched down a few pegs? I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want to see. The entire Establishment needs to come crashing down. I saw that back in 2008 and felt that everything has been rigged in the last 8 years, with George Soros in particular having too much power and sway over our country. He is a living, breathing James Bond villain…and no one does a damn thing about him.
Do you think that Hillary Clinton would ever do anything about George Soros?
I’m not sure if Donald Trump would have it on his agenda, but I think there’s at least a chance that Soros would be stopped by Trump. If anyone on earth would move against Soros, it would be Trump. That became clear again during the debate last night, as I think when Trump brought up Soros twice it was the first time ever that this evil creature was ever discussed during a presidential debate. That’s a start.
I can’t wait to see what happens on October 19th, though I wish these things went on longer and I wish there were no interruptions of the candidates from the sock puppets who are moderating. Let’s try the last one without a moderator and see what happens.
What did you think of the debate last night?
What: The Second Presidential Debate between Hillary and Trump
When: Sunday 10/09/16, sometime between 630pmCT and 800pmCT (hell if I know when it really starts)
Where: On the tee-vee and also on computers via the Internets and YouTubes. Also CSPAN.
Why: Because we are friends like this, I’ve blocked out the whole night to watch all of this for you so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. What follows is not a transcript. It’s just stream of consciousness as things happen. I won’t go back and edit or spellcheck any of this, so ignore the typos. I’m just reacting to what I see happening on the screen.
What: Timeless, a new show for the 2016 Fall season
Where: NBC, which used to be a popular tee-vee network back when I was a kid
When: Monday nights (or anytime on Amazon)
Why: A fun show reminiscent of 1980s adventure shows (complete with dim-witted action hunk!)
The first new show of the 2016 Fall season that I feel comfortable recommending is NBC’s Timeless. I only know two people who still have a television, so if you are either of them, check your local listings when this airs week-to-week. I watched the episode this morning on NBC’s website but it’s also available on Amazon. It’s a show that I’d actually be happy paying the season pass subscription for.
Timeless reminds me of Voyagers! and Time Cop with a little Man in the High Castle and Sliders. For those not lucky enough to remember the gorgeousness that was Jon-Erik Hexum, he was my first-ever crush…star of a time-travel show in the 1980s about fixing things that went wrong in the timeline. That’s what Voyagers! was all about, but mainly people tuned in for all the handsomeness. Time Cop was a movie with Jean-Claude van Damme, but it was also a tee-vee show that aired for just one season. It’s premise was similar to Voyagers!, in that the Time Cops had to go back in time to fix things that bad guys did to alter the time stream. Man in the High Castle is a current Amazon Prime show about alternate universes where history worked out differently…which is also the concept of Sliders, more or less. Suffice it to say, I appear to really enjoy shows about time travel and alternate histories and unapologetic handsomeness.
For a few years now, NBC has seemed like a very depressing network. I still watch a few shows, like Law & Order: SVU, but NBC is not the “Must See Tee-Vee” that I remember it being in the 80s and 90s. When I was a kid, there were a lot of adventure shows on NBC, in addition to funny comedies. Then in the 2000s, NBC started airing really bleak and depressing shows. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Bye, Phylicia (Rashad)!
It’s weird how many ’80s things are coming back right now, with even a reboot of Dynasty supposedly ordered for the CW network. Last tee-vee season, NBC also talked about rebooting Hart to Hart, but with two gay dudes as the detectives. I wish they had done that, because it would have been fun, but something happened and now they pretend like they never announced that show was coming. I wonder if these ’80s throwbacks are premonitions of history echoing itself…with Trump poised to win the current presidential election in the way that Reagan followed all those years of Carter’s malaise. The same forces that hungered for an end to depressing bleakness back then might be doing the same thing now, which would mean a Republican wins this election to set the country back on the right track. We’ll see in 34 days, won’t we?
But, back to Timeless. The show’s pretty much like Time Cop in that bad guys have stolen a ship (which I call “The Time Tickler”) and they are using it in a complicated, seasons-long scheme to do something to the timeline to either create a utopia or avert some disaster or maybe cause the apocalypse. The first episode involves shadowy agents using the Time Tickler to head back to 1937 to stop the Hindenburg from exploding on arrival in New Jersey. Their plan was to detonate a bomb and destroy the Hindenburg on its return flight to Germany instead…because apparently some very important people were going to be aboard on that return flight, as they were headed to the coronation of King George VI (Queen Elizabeth II’s father, who became king after his brother Edward VIII decided he’d rather sleep with some divorced woman than serve his people as his duty required). The Shadowmen seemingly wanted to kill people who would later be instrumental in the American war effort…and taking them out by exploding the Hindenburg on its way back to Europe was a way they thought they could do that. I’m guessing their larger intent was to prevent the Allies from winning the war, but I’m sure they’ll get to that later in the season(s). There is a whole lot of time to tickle, after all.
What: The Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine
When: 10/04/16 at 7pm CT
Where: RightSideBroadcasting (on the YouTubes via the Internets on your computers) and CSPAN streams
Why: Because we are friends like this, I will watch the whole thing live and take notes as everything happens. But only because we are friends like this. If I didn’t like you so much, I would be watching old episodes of Dynasty on Amazon instead. And loving it.
Tonight, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine — two people who most people forget about — will be debating. I’m going to watch it for you and make live comments as it happens. So, this will be one of those threads that I do not go back and spellcheck or edit. It will just be my stream of consciousness as events unfold later this evening.
I’ve come around to the conclusion that Trump really made a truly strategic move in picking Mike Pence, instead of choosing someone flashy and memorable. By picking Pence, Trump tricked Hillary into picking Tim Kaine, whom she really likes for some reason. I don’t know what the story is there, but I’m starting to believe that she had to pick Kaine as a quid pro quo favor she owed him from when he was head of the DNC. Or else she just really likes him and is loyal to him and he’s her friend. I know people like to say a lot of terrible things about Hillary Clinton — and she has done some rotten stuff lately — but the woman is very loyal to her friends and she keeps people around her who are loyal to her.
Tim Kaine, however, does nothing to excite black people…who only get excited to vote when someone who is their skin color is on the ballot. I still don’t understand why Hillary didn’t want Corey Booker to be her VP: he is black, he’s charming, he’s black, he’s secretly gay, he’s black, he’s a good political attacker when he needs to be, he’s black, etc. Corey Booker is like another helping of Obama, and the Democrat base (especially black people) love them some Obama. Most people who voted for Obama would vote for him for a third term. If Hillary had picked Corey Booker, she’s lock up a lot more black votes because they’d see a picture of him, they’d hold their arms up to the tee-vee screen, they’d check that Corey Booker was around the same skin color as them, and then they’d go vote for “the historic and unprecedented first black Vice President, Corey Booker.”
Maybe Hillary didn’t want Booker stealing any of her thunder. Or, maybe she thought “Hillary/Booker” would look horrendous on campaign materials. Did all of her legal troubles prevent her from selecting Booker as VP because she didn’t want to give people a better slogan than “Hillary for Prison”? She also flirted with those “Castro Brothers” to be her VP. Well, one of them at least. There’s a better looking one and then there’s the one who looks like a lizard. If Trump had picked someone interesting as VP, I think Hillary would have felt pressure to pick someone interesting too. But, when Trump selected the talking jar of Miracle Whip to be his running mate, Hillary reached for the Hellmanns as well.
Strategically, I think it was really smart for Trump to trick her like this, because I don’t think Kaine gets Hillary a single additional vote…but I think that some Establishment Republicans will vote for Pence because they like Pence. A lot of Establishment types hope that Pence will be a very active VP, who will be given the job of running a lot of things behind the scenes, doing whatever Trump doesn’t want to do. The elite feel that they have someone they can work with in Pence and that he will be doing the yeoman’s work in the administration. They like that and are appeased with him.
I’m not sure who Kaine is supposed to appeal to. It sure ain’t black folk. He talks in Spanish sometimes, which is like nails on the chalkboard to me. I wondered if Hispanic people like it when he does that, but a friend of mine said that she thinks it’s like when white people who did a study abroad in Spain or Costa Rico try to talk Spanish when they go to a Mexican restaurant or encounter a Hispanic housekeeper at a hotel or a gardener in their yard. Breaking into Spanish with these people is insulting to them, which I don’t think Kaine realizes: it presumes that these people don’t know English and it says to them that you think they are too stupid to speak English, so you pander to them with the Spanish you remember from years ago. A lot of Hispanics don’t like when white people do this to them.
This has been an interesting election because neither Pence nor Kaine ever make the news. I am not kidding, but I have to stop and think what Pence’s first name is almost every time I think of him. I just call him Pence. I struggle to remember his first name is Mike. With Kaine, I have to remember how he spells his name and that it’s not Kane, which is how I am programmed to spell it, as in Citizen Kane. I have yet to see a headline written riffing on “Citizen Kaine,” because I don’t think anyone has bothered to write a profile on Tim Kaine. Apart from him behaving like a toddler enraptured with balloons on the last night of the DNC convention, there is not much that I know about this man. That would be scary to me if I thought that Hillary was going to win this election…because her health is so bad that it’s doubtful she would make it through a full term and Kaine would end up being the 46th president at some point in the next four years.
I don’t know anything about Pence, either, except that he looks like a more handsome version of John McCain. If they were making a movie about John McCain, they could have Mike Pence play him in the movie. He reminds me of guys who work in the Loop and ride the Metra trains out to their nice homes in the suburbs, where he has a big lawn and an Irish setter named Friday. I don’t think he’s a bad man and trust him to know about investments and taxes and home remodeling, all the things that those guys on the Metra trains are good at.
I’ll pop back onto this thread throughout the day with more musings on the VP picks and the state of the race, up until the debate gets going this evening. Then, I’ll settle in for the live play-by-play for you in real time. I think it’s important to do this because the Media lies so much after these events air. People who don’t watch these things for themselves then start believing whatever narrative the Media concocts. I think it’s interesting to go back and read what I thought was important as it was all really happening and then compare it to what the Media decided was important. I think it always feels like we were watching two different debates…but, really it’s just that they are lying liars who disregard reality and invent the narrative they want to tell instead. Those people are shameless and should never be trusted.
What: WikiLeaks press conference regarding Hillary Clinton
When: 2am CT on 10/4/16
Why: Supposedly they will reveal what they have on Hillary.
Tonight (or, rather, very early tomorrow morning), Julian Assange is holding a press conference in Berlin to supposedly allegedly possibly reveal what WikiLeaks has on Hillary Clinton that they claim will lead to her indictment. This is apparently going to happen at 2am Central Time (1am Eastern Time). I’m a night owl and am up at that time anyway, so I am going to watch this press conference live.
In the meantime, it’s fascinating to speculate on what this could be and why it matters.
Over the last few days, I’ve been busy with a project out in Chicago’s suburbs, which has required me to do a lot of door to door survey taking and going to various events and talking with people. While what I am working on is not related to national politics, the presidential race always comes up. I hear the same few things from people:
1. Everyone was horrified by Hillary Clinton collapsing on 9/11 and having what was clearly a seizure. They also think the weird lies about her rush to Chelsea’s apartment afterwards were bizarre. No one believes she had pneumonia and they found it odd she was hugging that little girl if she really believed she had pneumonia. That moment of seeing her collapse and her whole staff reacted like this was a common everyday occurrence for her was troubling. People who have always hated Hillary don’t wish her ill and didn’t think it was funny that she collapsed…they were concerned for her and worry that she is too sick to be doing any of this. I found that part very interesting, because if the roles were reversed and a Republican candidate was collapsing in public, the Left would be gleefully mocking that (like the Left did when Bob Dole fell off a stage during the 1996 campaign). What I’m seeing instead is people just shaking their head in disbelief that this is all really happening. She is clearly very seriously ill.
2. People now believe that the FBI and the IRS can both never be trusted again. Every day, more is revealed about how the FBI deliberately limited their “investigation” into Hillary’s emails so they would be sure to not find anything that would lead to charges against her. This is how the old Soviet Union operated and how banana republics in South American function. This is not how the United States is supposed to work. What a disgrace our government has become.
3. People see that the Media lies to protect Hillary and to elect her. That makes them angry.
[Click above to embiggen: I don’t think that comparison to the idealized Elizabeth “Bess” McCord character on CBS’ Madam Secretary does Hillary Clinton any good whatsoever.]
Assumption: Hollywood uses tee-vee shows and movies to push the inevitability of Hillary Clinton as president, as part of a diabolically genius PR strategy to ensure that people believe there is no other possibility besides her being the president. Since Hillary-esque characters on these shows are always portrayed in a positive light, conventional wisdom is that the characters are supposed to make Hillary more likable or respected (as this omnipresent female political figure that is such a part of our lives that no one can even imagine a world where she doesn’t win the election).
Argument: What if shows like CBS’ Madam Secretary actually HURT Hillary Clinton’s chances, since the real Hillary pales in comparison to the on-screen idealized version of her. Especially the version that Tea Leoni plays, Elizabeth “Bess” McCord.
Today I thought I’d run through a fun thought exercise that is rooted in a weekly fight that would occur at my house back when Justin and I still lived together, because I’m a big fan of the show Madam Secretary and watch it on CBS’ website every Monday morning. The show airs live on Sunday nights, but I haven’t had a television in more than seven years now (and I can’t think of a single person I know who still watches tee-vee live anyway).
Justin (and his entire family) hate Hillary Clinton and believe her to be the Devil incarnate…and so he would get really bitter and nasty if he’d walk through the living room and I’d be watching Madam Secretary on my screen. This is one of many shows I’d have to watch before he would wake up or when he was doing something else, because I just never had the energy to listen to his tirades about Hillary (or even just the huffing and puffing he’d do, going on about how the show was just propaganda for her).
In my opinion, Madam Secretary actually really hurts Hillary Clinton, despite it being about a blonde woman who is Secretary of State. All Justin can see is that “it’s a blonde woman who is Secretary of State” and so he believes that CBS is just running pro-Hillary propaganda. What I see on the screen might be a blonde female Secretary of State, but “Bess” on the show is so much more competent and principled than Hillary Clinton has ever been. She’s much more likable too…she always does the right thing…and she’s the kind of Secretary of State that we all wish we had in real life.
I don’t think the show is about Hillary Clinton as much as it is an escapist fantasy that I happen to deeply enjoy. I love being able to sit down once a week and escape into a world where America actually has a competent, tough-as-nails, brilliant Secretary of State working hard to do what’s right for the American people. I don’t think we’ve had such a person in existence in my entire adult lifetime. I certainly don’t remember a time when we had anyone in government who was as rock star awesome as Bess is on this show.
One of the things that inevitably led to Justin and I no longer being together is that he hates most things and angrily shouts out against them, whereas I usually find something to like about anything (apart from reality tee-vee, which I agree is in most cases irredeemable). Justin doesn’t like scripted shows of any kind, because he feels the writers are all in cahoots sending secret messages and engaging in propaganda. He prefers watching FOX News clips on YouTube or whatever and getting himself caught-up in whatever the outrage of the day is. I would not sit and watch those talking heads on cable news if you paid me.
Even if a show like Madam Secretary is pushing a political agenda, as a writer I can recognize what they are doing and it amuses me when they are so transparent. Take for example the premiere episode of Madam Secretary that aired on 10/2/16: Global Warming Alarmism was shoehorned into the plot of an otherwise thrilling episode that had so many cool twists and turns that I lost count. It was like some network executive got ahold of a really great script (I’m talking Pelican Brief, John Grisham in his prime great) and then decided that all the well-executed political intrigue was just not enough for one episode…so they had to cram in some Global Warming Alarmism for good measure.
If Justin was still in Chicago and not Arkansas, he would have been apoplectic…talking through the rest of the show, forcing me to listen to one of his diatribes about how the Left’s propaganda is everywhere and no place is safe. While the show did jab that nonsense in there, the nonsense amounted to two minutes or so of plot point in an hour long episode. I rolled my eyes at the Alarmist foolishness…and I smiled too, because the joke is on them for shoehorning in things that will make this episode age poorly in the future. Ever see a really old episode of a show from the early to mid 1970s where someone is going on about The Impending Ice Age? If the writers want to make themselves look incredibly foolish by using this show to preach the Left’s favored Apocalypse talking points of the moment, then the consequence will be that someone watching Madam Secretary a few years from now will laugh at how stupid the Alarmist digression in this episode was.
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The Media always claims that voter fraud is not real and that you should just trust that nothing bad is happening with our elections, but anecdotal evidence always points to ongoing shenanigans. A recent article over at RealClearPolitics states that 50% of Trump voters believe the election is crooked and rigged. My life experience leads me to believe 100% that our elections are tampered with. Here’s why:
1. Back in 1992, I was still in high school and was unable to vote, as I was not yet 18. My grandfather had died in 1989, she he had been dead more than three years by the time the 1992 November presidential election rolled around. When my mother, grandmother and I went to the polling place in our neighborhood for them to vote, the woman checking the rolls offered to let me vote for my grandfather…once she checked that my mother and grandmother were voting for Bill Clinton. She saw my grandfather’s name still listed, even though he was dead, and she said that “no one would know” if I went ahead and vote for him. I didn’t do it, but I could easily have done it. I bet this kind of thing still happens to this day.
2. Once I started voting Republican in elections, a weird thing started happening with my registration. I would show up to my neighborhood polling place on election day, but I would be told that I was not registered at that polling place anymore and that my registration was way across town. So they would not let me vote where I had always voted…and wanted me to go to a sketchy part of town to vote instead, even though I had always voted at the location that I always went to. Not having a car and having to walk far and take a bus or two to get to the other location they wanted me to go to, I had to fill out some kind of provisional ballot when I balked at going all the way over to the other place. I never felt that the provisional ballot I cast was even counted. I believe 100% they did this to me because I had voted Republican and this was a punishment or a way of them decreasing Republican votes.
3. The fact that they make such a big deal about NOT checking any IDs to me is proof that the voter fraud is based on people voting as other people or voting for dead people. There’s no valid reason not to check an ID, since our IDs are checked every time you go to the bank and talk to a teller or go to a bar in Chicago. You need an ID to get into any government building here. You need an ID to get on an airplane. The only time you don’t need an ID is when you are pretending to be someone else, or someone who is dead, and voting for that person.
4. College kids brag all the time about how they are still registered to vote in their home states (and they vote absentee that way) but then they also vote in the state that they go to college. So they cast two votes. They openly brag about doing this. Many Millennials living in Chicago also brag about still being registered in their parents’ home states but also being registered in Chicago too, so they vote twice every year. They’ve been doing this for years. Since the states don’t communicate or compare voter rolls, that’s how fraud is happening.
These are just four things I’ve personally encountered that don’t even get into what could be happening behind the scenes with the machine counting or computer storing of the votes. The tee-vee show Scandal had a big plot point about rigging the election by changing the votes in just one county, Defiance County, in Ohio during a pivotal presidential election in that tee-vee world. I think people who write for television are not really that imaginative and most things that make it into a show are based on things that really happened in our world. The Media aggressively covers up everything bad that our government does on a daily basis…so I have zero faith that the Media would ever accurately report on voter fraud. Reporters all seem to be taught that their job is to write stories that manage the public…because they all look down upon and have great contempt for the “deplorable” public. The Media sees itself as part of the elite, which includes the government, and the elite must control and manage the deplorable public with consistent and overlapping lies.
I have absolutely zero faith in our election system and believe 100% that it is rigged. And I have felt that way since at least 2008. Someday, someone like WikiLeaks is going to prove this and expose what’s happening and it will all come crashing down. As painful and traumatic as that will be, it really does need to happen so we can have the national catharsis that has been brewing for decades.
[Click above to embiggen: I finally found a way to go to medical school for free…and also not have to study for anything!]
Because we are friends like this, and it is Halloween season, I feel that I can put an idea out there to you that is strange and something that most people never want to talk about. But I’m sharing it because it’s something I decided to do for myself that has given me a lot of comfort and peace. Get ready for the strangest question I’ve ever asked you: Have you thought about donating your body to medical science after you pass away?
Odds are, that’s the only time you’ve been asked this today. Or this week. Or ever. I’ve actually been circling this decision myself for a good five years, ever since I read a book by Mary Roach called Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers. A friend of mine gave me the book, which is what made her start thinking about donating her own remains to medical science. I never stopped thinking about the idea, though I struggled with it.
I finally pulled the trigger and completed the paperwork from the Illinois Anatomical Gift Association this week…and now I’m going to medical school at some point in the future (after I’m dead). I always wanted to go to medical school but could never afford it…and now I get to go for free, on a wild adventure once my heart stops.
I remember when I was a kid how people would get super uncomfortable if someone talked about being cremated, because I grew up not all that long after Vatican-II and most people I knew still were horrified by the idea of cremation instead of burial. But, then Catholics were allowed to start being cremated and I think a few years ago the numbers shifted and cremations now outnumber casket burials in cemeteries. Almost nobody donates their body to medical science though…because that’s still a horrifying concept to the majority of people. It was super creepy for me too, which is why it took me five years to get to where I am today.
I turned 40 this summer and I started thinking about what I want to happen to what’s left of me when I pass away. A few years ago, I had a big scare where I came really close to being wiped out by a semi that skidded across the road and crossed over the median on the highway. It came so close and just missed our car by inches. I could feel the car actually get pulled by the vacuum created by the semi barreling just behind us. I really thought it was going to plow into us and kill everyone in the car. If it had hit us, for sure everything would have been all over…and I of course, not yet 40, hadn’t made any arrangements or set down anything in writing saying what I’d want to happen next. I think that was the last kick I needed towards making my postmortem medical school attendance decision.
In Illinois, there are not enough donated bodies for all the medical schools here to have what they need for their classes. The Illinois Anatomical Gift Association (IAGA) is a clearing house that handles all the arrangements and then delivers the donated remains to the medical schools. You can specify where you want to go, but they can’t guarantee that’s where you will be sent (though the people there who I talked to said that in most cases they can honor the request). I want to go to Northwestern, with my second choice being the University of Chicago. And I never have to take the MCAT!
I’ve had this weird sense of peace and purpose since I completed the IAGA paperwork and mailed it off. I feel like I’ve booked a trip that I’m going to go on, whether I’m conscious for it or not. Doing this has arranged a strange adventure for me that most people never take, where after I’m dead instead of being locked in a casket and buried in the ground or burned to ash right away, here I will be headed off to medical school…where I will spend the next two years or so being the subject studied by physicians in training. Schools have tried getting by using plastic models and 3D computer programs, but it’s not the same as the real thing for gross anatomy class. Doctors really do need to learn from real bodies to be able to help their future patients. It’s just that not many people want to donate their remains.
After the school has finished and it can no longer use a body, the IAGA arranges for the cremation. That’s what I wanted to happen to me anyway…so instead of being cremated immediately after death, by donating my body to a medical school I’ve just put that part off a bit. In that way, I hope my being there at the medical school is doing some good that wouldn’t have been done if I hadn’t donated to the IAGA.
I feel like I’m in a great position to do this, as a single gay guy who doesn’t have a family. I have tons of friends and people who care about me, but all of them think it’s just like me to want to go to medical school after I’m dead…which means I have no one who will be upset by this decision in any way. I let everyone I see on a regular basis know about what I’ve decided and I have the IAGA paperwork filed with all my other important papers in my Emergency file. I hope none of this will matter for many, many years…but I feel such relief that it’s all taken care of now.
As a writer, I like to have an ending in mind for things…something for the story to build towards. There are endless question marks and blank chapters between now and the end of my life…but I feel like I’ve written my epilogue and filed that part away. Someday I’ll die. And then I’ll go to medical school. After that, I’ll be cremated and I’d like my ashes to be scattered somewhere in Cleveland. To complete the circle and take me back to where I was from.
Now that this is all written down and planned for, it’s just up to me to knock those blank chapters out of the park and make them as rockstar awesome as I possibly can. I’m so proud of the first book that Megan Fox and I wrote…the first in a series of these real-life political mystery/adventures. We have another one coming out in November or December, with more lined up in 2017. These last few years, I have been working hard on dozens of local projects off the radar, digging deep into the corruption in Chicagoland. I’m the happiest I have ever been in life, actually investigating mysteries and solving problems (like in all the mystery-solving shows I loved as a kid). I managed to find a way to be a citizen sleuth and amateur detective in real life…and solve mysteries with a collection of oddballs and characters and great friends. I never dreamed anything like this could be possible and I’m so looking forward to having a whole shelf full of these mystery books for you to read.
I’m really happy at 40, even if I’m single again. I really thought Justin was the one and that we’d be together for always, but he’s chosen a different path and I had to let him go. Cue Whitney Houston in Bodyguard, because you know she’s the soundtrack to my life. Now that it’s just me again (as opposed to me-and-Justin), I like having my epilogue written and a plan put in place. For some reason, there’s immense comfort in that for me.
I also like the idea of being able to do some good for the world, even after my soul is gone. I like that my thoughts will live on in my books and other writing and my body will be used to teach future doctors…so what they learn can help people I’ll never have the chance to meet.
Halloween is this season of spooky and creepy things, but I’ve found this creative way to take all the spookiness and creepiness and sadness out of death for myself. And I love that the body donation gambit saves a ton of money, too! The IAGA cremates the remains for free when the medical school is done…and they’ll send them to whoever they need to be sent to. There’s no cost to donate my body and the only fee that will have to be paid is a nominal one to a funeral home to take the body to the IAGA after my death. So, instead of a $7,000 or $8,000 funeral (or however expensive one of those old-fashioned suckers will be in the future when I’ll need one), my Epilogue will run $200 to $300 tops. There’s nothing I love more than a deal.
Each state is different, so if you’d like to think about donating your body to medical science in the future as well, you should look for an equivalent of the Illinois Anatomical Gift Association where you live. I know this is such a sensitive and strange topic…but at Halloween people are, I think, as tuned-into death as they ever are at any point of the year. Walking down the street, there are tombstones and skulls on people’s lawns right now, so talking about a unique approach to death and Epilogue is as appropriate as it ever can be, I think.
Many years ago, a friend of mine who had signed herself up with the IAGA told me about her decision…and that’s what planted the seed for me to look into all this as an option for myself. If not for her, I would have never begun the process that led me to a decision of my own that I am very happy with. So I felt compelled to put this idea out there for others who may have never considered donating themselves to medical science when the time comes. Maybe you’ll want to join me in medical school someday. We’ll get to go for free. We’ll never have to take any tests. No studying is required. And you can pretty much just lie there doing not much of anything and you won’t get kicked out. It’s a hell of a deal.
For more information on the Illinois Anatomical Gift Association, check out their website.
For a really fascinating read, Mary Roach’s book Stiff is a great one for Halloweentime.