Election Update Ranting

November 9, 2016

Mostly a lot of anger right now.  I see a lot of people calling this our “Brexit” without acknowledging that many British citizens have expressed regret for the vote and the myriad of problems both happening now and foreseen as a result.  Pay attention.  It will likely be years before the full effect of Brexit is known and it is still very unstable.  Much like our own election last night.  I keep hearing about “taking back our country” when they talk about the Brexit and this election.  The idea amuses me.  Did you lose track your country?  Did it wander off into the woods and isn’t coming back when you call it?  No.  You didn’t do anything for fuck knows how long.  Sure you complained and complained, but did you do anything?  No.  So you didn’t lose your country.  You gave it up and it will never be the same for you.

Taking back our Country…  I want to rant about Julian Assange, James Comey and the FBI, my country’s fascination with nonsense, and any number of other things.  I want to scream “What the fuck are you smoking?” when people say they think Trump will surround himself with good people.  I want to point out there was no champion of the Constitution and either will demolish the freedoms our country was founded on.  That Clinton and this country’s lack of acknowledgement of reality is what cost her.  That a lot of Trump’s platform couldn’t be more “Establishment” if you’re really paying attention.  That this is why we can’t have nice things.  And I have and will likely again.

But I do see that the House and Senate is a lot closer than it once was.  Not as much as I had hoped, but definitely more evenly split than it once was.  Democrats have cut into Republican majorities.  Not as much as I had hoped, but maybe enough.  The question of how many Republicans stay in line after Trump’s narrow win last night–it was actually quite close in a number of ways–will be the big one.  Can Trump convince them he’s their guy?  There could be a lot of animosity towards him.  Remember, Barack Obama had a majority in the House and Senate, but had some real struggles to even get the Affordable Healthcare Act passed–not stating what that says about the ACA, but there is truth there.  And in two years there will be another election for Congress anyway.  If Trump lasts that long.

I think President Trump will find Congress much harder to deal with, including his own VP.  One of the things that struck me throughout the campaign was how the two of them seemed to be struggling to keep on the same page.  We’ll see.  If not we’ve got deregulations, a wall we’ll end up paying for and a skyrocketing deficit to look forward to.

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New Projects underway.

  • Picked up this sketch card kit at Barnes and Noble the other day, did three practice ones of Captain Marvel, Batman and Wonder Woman.  They came out relatively well and I think I’ll do more with the idea to have them available at a table at VTCC.  I think I will be doing a table this year, if all goes well.
  • Should be done with issue #1 of Order of the Dragon soon and have it all up on the Tumblr site.  Working on the last page now.  Going to start working on issue #2, but I’m going to try to be more consistent about posting as I feel I got way too sidetracked.  Keeping side projects like the cards should help with pacing.
  • Going to visit other gyms in the near future.  Mostly I just want a change in scenery for my workouts, do some different stuff I don’t normally do.
  • Been trying to sort out my thoughts on Wikileaks and their… campaign against Hillary Clinton.  I generally have respected them if only because they seem to genuinely believe they are doing the right thing.  However, there are handful of concerns I have about their more recent leaks.  Two big ones.  One, I think it gives support to ideas and people who are far more dangerous than Clinton–as repugnant as some might find her, it might be worthwhile to remember it isn’t all about her.  Two, in their single-mindedness, I think they are straying close to becoming something they would have tried to expose and destroy in the past.  Just my feeling on the matter.

Where I make a strange comparison, consider a few points and just generally reflect on planning.

  • Still trying to get a good load of pages ready to go before I start posting Order of the Dragon again.  Still getting distracted.  Getting some of it done though.  Hoping the change in hours gets done soon.  Moving at the speed of bureaucracy, I guess.  Bit of staffing/scheduling clusterfuck going on.  Working on developing a new character for Order of the Dragon.  One who interrogates people with the method of flicking pistachio shells at them.  Not like I bought a pound of them and have been steadily working my way through them…
  • I think the head-games we put ourselves through are worse than anything other people can come up with.  Started thinking about this morning at work.  Partly due to the stuff going on there, partly some personal stuff.  I’m glad I’m at least trying to close this shit out though.  The number of problems that could be solved or avoided if people just got their own heads sorted out before dealing with someone else…
  • I remember way back in 2008, there was a bit of drama in the Democratic primary process.  There were a couple of states that wanted to move their primary up by a few weeks, which caused a fair amount of friction within the Democratic Party.  These primaries were effectively rendered irrelevant until the DNC could figure out what to do.  The majority of the candidates chose not to campaign there and went so far to remove their names from the ballots.  There were four that remained on the Michigan ballot at the time of their primary: Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Hillary Clinton.  I remember that being the event that really pushed me to support Obama.  My thinking was that walking away from those primaries was the right decision as it could potentially do more harm than good to campaign or remain on the ballot in those states.  Could unfairly sway that pool of voters in the favor of one candidate or another.  I started thinking about that after reading an article yesterday about how the Democrats are giving away the election–the Republicans are trying too, but I don’t think they’re alienating their base as effectively.  In some ways, I see Hillary Clinton becoming a Democrat version of Trump.  The comparison might be a bit weird, but the way her rhetoric has progressed makes me aware of a similar disconnect.
  • Getting more creative in my cooking.  Creating more variations on the fundamental ideas I work with.  Next week I might make the Chicken Parm stuff with fennel in it.  Just an idea I’m going to try.  I’m working on a plan where I cook a meal each night with a certain number of meals in leftovers to go over the next two or three days.  Enable more of a mix and still maintain a fresh selection.  Will involve more prep work later on, waiting on my hours to change to put that idea into motion.  Probably going to look into bulk orders of meat at some point, as that would probably make this whole thing a bit more feasible and cut costs a bit.  Want to do some more baking, but again, I’m waiting until the stuff with my hours is resolved.  Diversifying snacks to include stuff like pistachios and other things.
  • Tearing into my loans.  I’m a bit behind the pace I was hoping to have, a few things have interfered.  The systematic approach I have working is still viable, I need to get a couple more pieces in place.  Hoping to have that moving more efficiently soon.
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