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October 08, 2018


Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I wanna know where my piece of the empire is.


If only they would stick to oppressing colonialists.


Scott Kelly seems to be part of a family of weasels.


Columbus Day is October 12th. And always will be!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--“The first ever audit of the world’s most important temperature data set (HadCRUT4) has found it to be so riddled with errors and “freakishly improbable data” that it is effectively useless…--

The response to this always is "but, it correlates well with this other data set".
If someone then points out the other data set is screwed up too they say "but, it correlates well with HadCrut".



On topic:

Charles C. W. Cooke
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57m57 minutes ago

One good thing about the Kavanaugh saga was that it prevented us having our regularly scheduled fight over Columbus Day.


And kaitlin Collins well snortle.


It also shows why we should legalize honor duels.

In Michigan, it used to be a felony to even challenge someone to a duel, even with pillows!

They repealed that law. Have da idiots come here, we have plenty of space next to Jimmy Hoffa...



But, But, the DATA never lies! Yeah, but Climatic Research Unit (University of East Anglia) in conjunction with the Hadley Centre (UK Met Office) sure does.

I seem to remember US Government Weather Station Site requirements and just how many sites were way off what is required, but don't remember that link right now.

Captain Hate

Watch the video of Jordan and Meadows after he testified. The guys were giggling like school girls who just got backstage passes to a boy band concert. They kept looking at each other, trying to keep themselves from blurting out what they heard.

I have. They along with others have known a lot more than they have gone public with for months. Some of what they say in public is kabuki designed to grab headlines and attention but it doesn't mean it's the first time they knew about it.

Why do you think they have been saying for months that when the FISA application is released it will show corruption at an unbelievable level? They aren't guessing, they know.

Look at the list of people being "invited" or subpoenaed to testify in front of Congress. They will all be faced with the same dilemma, tell the truth or commit felony perjury. That they tell the truth doesn't always mean they have flipped, it means they don't want to add charges of perjury on top of what they are already facing.

Lisa Page actually did flip and she has been talking ever since. She was part of the small group that was running this whole thing. She knew about Perkins Coie. She and Baker were top lawyers at the FBI and they resigned on the same day.
Posted by: JackStraw at October 08, 2018 09:13 AM (/tuJf)


Good call:

Tom Maguire @Tom_Maguire

Astronaut Scott Kelly apologizes to his critics? He shoulda mooned them.


Now laufman representing McLean shows at best he's a grey hat.


While at some level I no problem giving CNN reporters a taste of their own medicine, why is it an "anti-gay slur" to say "I don't know if I wanna room with a lesbian"? I suppose freedom of association is no longer a thing?

Jim Eagle

Here in the Southampton Unified School District, they are celebrating "National Indigineous People's Day".


Saw your comment about Colbert and Canterbury. He did not go there but his father and two older brothers died in a plane crash in Charlotte on their way to enroll in Canterbury.


That was so well 2013, jimmeh.


This illegale pay any taxes?

Vicki McKenna

UPDATE: Soros Elevator Activist (and Illegal Alien) Ana Maria Archila Made $178,071 in 2016 as a Far Left Activist



Iggy, from the last thread:

But who had any idea [Trump] could be as warm and calming as a Reagan type figure to those children?

Well, he is a father of five and a grandfather of nine. So why wouldn't he be?

Then there were the many times during the election that he brought babies on stage. This is my favorite:


He always does that big open-armed grandpa-style greeting with kids.

Dave (in MA)

Aldrin > Kelly

Miss Marple

I saw on Conservative Treehouse that Rosenstein is flying on AF1 with President Trump to a police conference in Orlando today.

Now we have something new to speculate about!


Re the khashoggi why would he have even been in Ankara if he was in exile in the us. Butcher was at the valdai club a year ago.


"At 22 years old, Otis is getting up there in age (even Katmai’s unhunted and generally unbothered bears tend to live only to 25), and he isn’t looking as big as he has in previous years. LaValle also notes that Otis is missing several key teeth, including one canine, which most bears rely on to tear flesh. But he’s still a top contender thanks to the cult of personality. People seem to love how little he moves (one commenter wrote an ode to his sit-and-eat style, to the tune of Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”). They love how mopey and antisocial he looks. Maybe they root for him because they think, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could just mind my own business, do a little snacking, take care of myself—and someone cheered for me?”


Fat Bear Week

Bear Cams

NOTE: Bear Cams only working during daylight hours in Alaska. If confused on timing, ask daddy!

James D.

we have plenty of space next to Jimmy Hoffa...

I thought he was buried under the old Giants Stadium?

Jim Eagle

Your Latin Phrase of the Day:

Non omnes homines eadem amant.

You can say that again!

Off soon to Canterbury, and Frederick's JV football game.

Clarice Feldman

rosenstein? Hmm:Bill Mitchell

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Collins might never have voted for Kavanaugh and given her epic speech without an FBI investigation. The FBI investigation might never have happened unless Flake demanded it. Who did Flake talk to right before demanding it?


Not everything is as it appears.

jimmyk on iPhone

Is @mitchellvii actually Tom R?

Clarice Feldman

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Bill Mitchell

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And why was Trump "ready to go" with an FBI investigation right away with zero push-back, as if he were expecting it as part of a larger plan?
Bill Mitchell added,


gee Mitch... think Dems pushing for moar FBI for a week gave Trump a hint?

Clarice Feldman

Yes, henry, altogether possible DJT's response was just shrewd strategy.I'd think even more likely an explanation.


Ah, TM is a SnarkMaster Extraordinaire!

Jim Eagle



I thought he was buried under the old Giants Stadium?

Some say he was buried in the foundation of the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit.

Nevertheless, we still have room in the D for any deemed "hazardous to our country's health".


Deplorable Don lauds the article MissM pointed out yesterday.

All I know about LoveBreedsAccountability is it is run from a guy from Cleveland who is permanently banned from Twitter.

My kind of people.


That article on Gingrich should help temper the praise being heaped on Ghramnesty.


Remember these comments from two Saturdays ago?

“I think it’s going very well. The FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody, and I would expect — he’s a very high-quality person — I would expect it’s going to turn out very well for the judge. There’s never been anybody that’s been looked at like Judge Kavanaugh.”


“Having the FBI go out and do a thorough investigation, whether it’s three days or seven days — I think it’s going to be less than a week — but having them do a thorough investigation, I actually think will be a blessing in disguise. It’ll be a good thing.”


“I think, frankly, the FBI has a chance to reveal a lot of different things. I’d like to find out who leaked the papers. Was it Senator Feinstein? Because, certainly, her body language was not exactly very good when they asked her that question. So I would like to find out, as part of it, who leaked the papers — which Democrats leaked the papers.”


Clarice Feldman

Surber's column is hilarious:"It [the NR] is to conservatism what astrology is to astronomy."


Does anyone know the date that Ford's ex spilled the beans to Senate Republicans?

Captain Hate

So is Taylor Swift shitting all over her country fans like a richer and more talented version of the Ditzy Slits? Too bad if so...

Jim Eagle

Today in history, Eddie Rickenbacker:

Because of the anti-German attitude in 1916, he changed the spelling of his name and added the middle name “Vernon.”
As an early race car driver, he served during WW1 in France as chauffeur for General Pershing. He requested a transfer to the air corps. With Germany's Red Baron dominating the skies, he was assigned to the 94th Aero Squadron and helped shoot down 69 enemy aircraft. He accumulated an astounding 300 combat hours. Awarded the Medal of Honor.
After WW1, Rickenbacker designed and built the Rickenbacker Automobile (1920-1927), became owner of the Indianapolis Speedway (1927-1941), and in 1938, purchased Eastern Airlines for $3.5M. For a time, Eastern was the most profitable airline in the postwar era.
In 1942, the Secretary of War asked Rickenbacker to inspect military bases in the Pacific. With inadequate navigational equipment, the pilot flew hundreds of miles off-course, ran out of fuel and ditched in the ocean in October 1942. The oldest of the seven survivors, 52-year-old Rickenbacker encouraged the others for 24 days as they drifted in the open sea.
Flight Engineer Pvt. John Bartek of Freehold, N.J., reported that on the 8th day, after reading from the Bible, Matthew 6:31-34, a sea gull landed on Rickenbacker's head. He caught it and they used it for food and fish bait on a hook made from a bent key ring. Fighting off sharks and ocean swells several feet high, they drank water wrung from their clothes after infrequent drizzles.
Capt. Eddie later recalled: "It was clear to me that God had a purpose in keeping me alive...I had been saved to serve."
Died July 23, 1973, in Zurich. Eastern sent a DC-8 to retrieve his remains for burial in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1967, when Rickenbacker published his autobiography, a special edition was printed for the employees of Eastern Air Lines, and it contained the following dedication:
To the Men and Women of Eastern Air Lines
It is with pleasure and pride that I inscribe to you this copy of my life story from the time I was three years of age.
You will find therein the source of those principles I used to preach; and if they can help you avoid even a few of the keen disappointments and bitter heartaches that I have lived through, then I will feel well repaid for my efforts.
From these principles and our labors together emerged one of our country's great airlines and further developed our great heritage of pioneering. In the years ahead young, strong hands will carry them into a future which you and I, with all our dreams, can scarcely visualize---that "Parade of Youth" which always was and always will be the true spirit of Eastern Air Lines.
(signed) Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker

Captain Hate

Props to Susan Collins for her speech, but the woman appears to still be an idiot.

Planned Parenthood came out swinging against her because of her yes vote. Collins responded with some stuff about how PP always opposes nominees from Republicans (including Souter and Kennedy). Well, that's nice to hear.

And then she says, "I've always fought for PP funding, and I won't stop."

There's the game right there.

PP's support isn't about abortion, it's about the federal government funding the organization. As long as Collins supports that, she knows that PP will come to her side in an election. PP will still donate to her. Why? Because abortion is their god? Nope, federal funding is PP's god.
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I didn't give the Swift story much attention. At a glance she seems to be talking about her representation in her State. I can fault her logic, but I can't lock her in Matt Damon's rubber room of political gasbagging.


clarice: "Surber's column is hilarious"

Yes! All those years as a newspaper man has really honed his writing. He just flings these blog posts out and frequently he leaves typos but it's rare not to find well turned phrases.


I couldn't find the first time in the timeline, TK, but here's from Sept. 28th:

Senate investigators speak again to a man with personal knowledge of Ford, says Ford assisted her friend in passing a polygraph exam.



Btw, did we ever hear about this guy before the Grassley timeline came out?

Committee staff have first interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had an encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of her complaint. He describes the encounter as consensual. He submitted a written statement earlier in the day.
Committee staff have a second interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had an encounter with Dr. Ford in the summer of 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. He described his recollection of their interaction in some detail, and described the encounter as consensual.
Clarice Feldman


gives Grassley the credit he deserves


Thanks, Ext. That would explain Trump's confidence.


Ext, yes. that guy was floated (and dismissed by MSM) the day he came out.


And then we have another guy...

Committee investigative staff spoke via phone with another man who believes he, not Judge Kavanuagh, had an encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. He explained his recollection of the details of the encounter, and described the encounter as consensual.

Sept. 27th:

Committee receives anonymous letter claiming responsibility for the incident with Dr. Ford.

"I didn't give the Swift story much attention."

As someone else said earlier 'A celeb endorsing a Dem? This is news??'

Clarice Feldman

Cashill on the recent history of Dem smears.


"I'm traveling with Rod". It's just too good.

Miss Marple

I am so glad Surber saw that article! I also love his gloating at National Review.

Trump is very good at hiding his plans, which is one reason he is so successful. It is also why we don't know which hat Rosenstein wears.

Kevlar Kid

From the previous thread:

"Where is all this systemic racism she’s blathering on about? Where does she encounter this?"

One need not look any further than liberal progressive Democrat welfare state policies.

Kind of like the Ragu spaghetti sauce tag line: "It's in there!"

But, Taylor Swift doesn't understand that point. She's focused on the controversies such as Trayvon, Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter. Picking up those flags are rooted in a deep "fear of envy" (don't hate me because i got cash and prizes AND i'm blanquita).

JM Hanes

"And why was Trump "ready to go" with an FBI investigation right away with zero push-back"

Because he doesn't have to hold a series of 'seminars' before he makes a decision?

Christopher Columbus’s spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans. On #ColumbusDay, we honor his remarkable accomplishments as a navigator, & celebrate his voyage into the unknown expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.


Kevlar Kid

re pilot shortages---

wondering how many aspiring aviators are frustrated by poor hearing and/or hearing loss?

back in the 70s when "earphones" came on the scene, Paw was an air traffic controller and was all about all things aviation. when he'd see a kid wearing headphones listening to music turned up to 11 he'd say: "Son, if you damage your hearing you'll never be able to be an airline pilot or fly jets for the navy."

that shit's real.

Speaking of foresight: Paw had a fellow controller bud who he trained with to get up and out of the controller ranks. When the FAA began automating, they were in the training academy studying all things programming.

one class had them working on things such as time/date. His bud Lenny raises his hand at the "00" date prescription and asks: "What happens when we get to 2000 (this was in the mid-60s)?"

"Don't worry about it. We'll deal with it later."

Uh huh.


Sorry, I think I was quoting Cap'n from the earlier thread, not Iggy, re: Trump's kindness toward the Kavanaugh daughters.

JM Hanes


Funny Detroit graphic! LOL.

Thanks for the description of how you approach the writing that you do. It's nice to know I'm not the only one with a complexity problem. I clipped your advice and will think further on how your two pronged approach might work for me too. I may be less technical, but I often have a problem with too much information of a different sort. I appreciate the assist, and I was also just interested to hear a little about what you do.


Great article on Grassley, Clarice. A must-read, I think. Thank you.

Kevlar Kid

"Because he doesn't have to hold a series of 'seminars' before he makes a decision?"

Trump reminds me of a gifted quarterback. He takes what the defense gives him. And he knows how to exploit what the defense does *as they do it.*

Trump knows his opponents. He knows the players. He knows their proclivities, their resources, and where their goats are tied. Those dictate to some degree how opponents will "behave" (as opposed to ACT) in moving against him as a group.

So, when "they go like this we will go like that."

Chingaso City.

Maybe my 3rd tour through "Blacklist" has me equating POTUS mastery with the fictional character of Raymond Reddington minus the flagrant criminality.

At any rate, executing his plans requires the agility at the line of scrimmage, where the rubber meets the road, to adapt, audible, and strike with decisiveness.

And if it falls short or experiences some kind of fail, go back to what is sure to work--- but try the move again based on what the opponent showed you as their edvantage in the sitch, and take it from them.

POTUS has succeeded in making his opponents one-dimensional a la Judge Kavanaugh.



I did think while watching things unfold and with the way the Dems behaved both before and after that they expected something to come out of that FBI investigation that wasn’t what they got. Maybe it was just that McClean told them she was going to coerce the “witnesses” into changing their stories—or at the least the lone woman to change hers. Rather arrogant and stupid, not to mention criminal, of them, but then that’s who they are.


As someone else said earlier 'A celeb endorsing a Dem? This is news??'

Swift has long been rumored to be undercover conservative, even MAGA, and has been criticized for such. But yeah, a celeb, so that sort of thing is never going to be surprising.


I don't know if anyone else saw this video of Rachel Butera, a voice actress playing Princess Leia in some SJW Star Wars animated vehicle, making fun of Ford.

It's brilliant. She's since apologized and deleted her Twitter, and I'm surprised she hasn't been fired.


Miss Marple


As I have said on numerous occasions, the left and the press(in most cases the same entity) created a cartoon figure of Trump and now are criticizing the imaginary figure, who really bears little resemblance to Trump, who is actually a kind man.

There are numerous instances over the years of him helping people in trouble. You could see plenty of his interaction with his grandchildren and other children during the campaign . Yet they persist in portraying him as an angry blowhard.


Yes, MM. He fights when necessary, but is kind and gracious when appropriate.

Watch any of the ceremonies honoring military heroes and it is in full evidence.

There is also this from the campaign trail, when he was greeting a veteran with prosthetic arms. He held his hand to the man's face, so the greeting could be properly felt. Trump is a known germaphobe, so it is even more touching a gesture, IMO.

JM Hanes


"...they expected something to come out of that FBI investigation that wasn’t what they got."

They were most ticked off that the FBI did not interview Ford (and if memory serves, maybe her lawyer as well?) and the other putative 'survivors.' I suspect they had some great stuff lined up, and hoped to release it through the FBI to give it greater credibility.

Miss Marple


That is almost super-intuition, to instinctively know that the touch is what is valued. I doubt one person in a thousand would have handled that without having to at least pause and think and stumble around.


JMH, maybe Ford was going to suddenly “remember” the name of someone else who was at the party, and they had that “witness” all lined up to attest to the lie. OTH, that so-called witness could have come forward on their own, so that doesn’t quite add up. There’s something in that FBI report that really shook up DiFi. She looks terrified in that video.

Clarice Feldman


I knew the first woman law clerk for the SCOTUS. Margaret Corcoran. Her father was Tommy "the Cork" , a close friend of Justice Back's who arranged that when she was away. She was mortified.

Kevlar Kid

Military conquest of rivals in competition for land and natural resources is as old as humanity itself.

Vestiges of indigenous spiritual practices thrive today 365 days of the year without any mention of Lefty Columbus fetishes.

"Yer 'native american.' You should be angry about what Columbus did to you and your people."


Beasts of England

I've spent some more time this morning looking at polls and models for the midterms. I've also looked at externalities and anecdotes. I'm not seeing anything that would let us lose the Senate. In fact, I'll lay down a marker at 55.

The House is harder to call, because the polls are spotty. Lack of marginal enthusiasm* from the left and preferences moving heavily away from the D's, plus a powerful economy, lets me predict 252 for the House.

The prospects of a Mueller reveal and the potential of a contra doc release by Trump make me call that scenario a wash. Any other October surprise from the left - and there will be at least one - won't have much effect, since their last cry of wolf brought skepticism among non-nutters.

*I use the term marginal enthusiasm to capture where their base has been for the last two years versus what additional turnout they can generate in the remaining four weeks. There's nothing left in the tank for the loons. The Kavanaugh loss has burst their sad bubble.


I was also just interested to hear a little about what you do

Now that the migraines have subsided, I can do the real work as an Enterprise Architect for IT Services. As one might imagine, I have multiple levels of personnel for both my company and my clients to take into consideration for what I compose.

My tendency is to give too much information or at a level that many do not understand or don't really want to know about. It can be a challenge, but I like those and generally find a way to find "common ground".

I start out not knowing a specific implementation or technologies involved, learn it down to the deepest of levels, then provide short-term and near-term action plans (usually to get systems out of trouble). With those plans in place, I develop 3-5-10 year "Roadmaps" for companies/entities to achieve better ROI, rock-stable environments, and abilities to run the business not the systems.

My running joke is that I try to "make technology boring" so that the business can focus on growth/new opportunities/etc. The clients have mixed reactions at first, but later on, thank me for my approach.

To me, I see my work as play and exploration. I love it when I am able to do just that.


Any other October surprise from the left - and there will be at least one - won't have much effect, since their last cry of wolf brought skepticism among non-nutters.

If I were an R running in a close election for a House seat, I'd be on the lookout for a #MeToo charge coming out of the woodwork. The left never learns, and aided and abetted by the MSM, it still may work.


Shes mentioned here:


Kevlar Kid

ChiFi is up to her adult diaper in this Kavanaugh travesty.

i'm speculating that her trusted "staff" advisors and general staffers let her down on this Kavanaugh deal.

they underestimated blowback on her. Boo-hoo. sometimes i think she fell apart during the Bath House Rat's administration, got lazy and greedy.

now the Trump ground game is running right at her and she can't keep up (cold medicine?).

the video shows a defeated woman. we all change in many ways over time. she's gettin up there and is Diane Feinstein in name only. it's been a long time since the Milk-Moscone assasination.

so long Diane. you and your Blumenthal hubby need to be stripped of your ill-gotten gains. your spawn are not entitled to any of it neither.


Kevlar Kid


Beasts of England

I would be terrified about that if they had succeeded against Kavanaugh, jimmyk. As it stands, any false accusals can potentially be flipped back; which also reinforces independent voters who witnessed the sham.

Clarice Feldman

Actually Lucille Lomen hired by Douglas in 1944 was the first clerk but it was decades before the 2d , Margaret Corcoran was hired and then to her shame because of a personal connection between Black and her father..

Clarice Feldman

Of course, during wwii there was a surge of women in law school because the men were in the military. When I went (1963-1965) in a rather large class there were only 2 women.

Kevlar Kid


Great share, especially this point-- "To me, I see my work as play and exploration. I love it when I am able to do just that."

i subscribe to the same. frequently i've referred to my work as a "salt mine", but it's in jest.

right now, it's harvest time as a 25 year plan designed in 1997 enters the culmination launch phase.

what was most playful and explorational about the process back then: the technology we are using now to launch something leading edge in the online travel booking niche (i hate when people call it "the space")wasn't in existence back then---- nor was online travel booking per se.

and here we are, making it happen, launching in 2020.

glad you're health is being restored. as it is with everything: it is all about the PROCESS!

thanks again.



Douglas was an odd duck, he was among the crew along with van der heuvels fathet that found diem in a Maryland seminary, one of those things he probably regretted.


Brett Kavanaugh just hired the Supreme Court's first all-women law clerk team

This headline at The Week is misleading. He didn't "just" hire them; they were hired (pending confirmation of course) before the hearings and certainly before the Ford allegations became news.

Of course the left have said this was done defensively, in advance of BK's known problems with women, but that is all BS of course. Kavanaugh has consistently hired women clerks and they all appear to love him.

Clarice Feldman

Lomen was from his home state and as I said it was a rare moment until recently when there were so many women in law school. It wasn't until 1950 that HLS first admitted women.


Good grief, even the Washington Examiner headline says Kavanaugh "gets to work" with an all-women team. As if the assignment of the team was somehow external. Screw them too.

Kevlar Kid

The Kavanaugh problem for the Lefty ProgTardo Bansheez is simple: they keep taking poison expecting Kavanaugh to die.

Insanity. Over and over again.


I would be terrified about that if they had succeeded against Kavanaugh, jimmyk. As it stands, any false accusals can potentially be flipped back; which also reinforces independent voters who witnessed the sham.

I pray that people have their eyes opened and vote to throw the (D)'s out of office wherever possible.


I think it's less than 50-50 that the Dems take the house. There's not enough polling done, and the polls that are done can't be trusted. Republicans are much more reliable midterm voters than Dems. Blacks are feeling less beholden to the Dems than they have in 75 years. Trump will be on the stump almost daily, and that's powerful. I'll guess right now and bookmark this so that I can (at least in my dreams) come back to exalt in the glory - Dems gain 6 House seats, drop 2 Senate seats.


Military conquest of rivals in competition for land and natural resources is as old as humanity itself.

Simple, obvious fact that an awful lot of people can't grasp.

And for the most part, I prefer being on the winning side:)


Yrs they are in full vixzini mode, by the way the tiger mom was indisposed at the time and couldn't have made the statements attributed to her.

Comanche Voter

Well there's oppression, and then there's opportunity. The Comanches were on the low end of the Indian social totem pole on the eastern slope of Rockies in the 1500s. The other tribes in the Athapaskan linguistic group treated them like scum.

But then the Spaniards came--and horses came with the Spaniards. And the Comanches became Lords of the Plains--the finest light cavalry in the world. They instituted a reign of terror that reached from what's now Kansas and Nebraska down almost to Oaxaca. So here's a shout out to the Spaniards and the Conquistadors.

OTOH Sam Colt and his six shooters came along in the mid 1800's---and started the Comanche demise.


I am hoping and praying that the Repubs hold both House and Senate, and I am a lot less pessimistic than 10 days ago (nonetheless, keep the Jameson stocked on the Ledge).

I am really looking forward to Trump unleashing the dogs after the midterms.

Big, "badass" ones:)

Beasts of England

Thanks for that prognostication, hrtshpdbox!! It's very close to my worst case scenario. I won't reveal my best case scenario - it's a wee bit optimistic and would cause Ledge Laughter. :)


The sky dragons (and their attendant locust swarms) have been moved to 2040.


jimmyk, any comments on the Economics Nobel Laureates?


2040? good. I'm pretty sure I'll be tired of shoveling snow by about then.


Beasts and hrtshpdbox, I think your forecasts look pretty good. Do you see Rs holding all current Senate seats? I think I do, at this point, with the possible exception of AZ where McSally doesn't seem to be a strong candidate and the McCain/Flake factor doesn't help either.

Then we pick up at least two - ND and WV most likely, but IN and MO are in the mix, too. And who knows, maybe a surprise or two will materialize.


Michael is now a hurricane. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tropical-storm-michael-upgraded-category-1-hurricane-n917766 is just one example.

It is headed right at where we had a home for 15 years. GMax was not that far west of us with that cool boat of his. Stay safe!


Blacks moving away from the D party may not matter as much for the House as the Senate, because so many of them live in safe D districts. If those safe D districts are in states with contested Senate races, bye-bye D senator. But I agree the House stays R with at least a 50-50 chance.

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