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Thoughts on Events the Week of February 3

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on February 10, 2020

Acquitted: President Trump was acquitted by the Senate. Stop the presses!

I can no longer blame Trump alone for being the pig part he is. The blame now must be shared by the pusillanimous politicians who enable him no matter how egregious his crimes and misdemeanors and behavior.

Before we anoint Senator Romney for his bravery, remember he represents Nevada, where Trump is very unpopular. No politician is going to suffer for opposing Trump there, probably just the opposite. And, Romney isn’t up for reelection this year. Remember also that when Romney ran for president in 2012, he didn’t seem to have a single principle in his entire body.

Still, he should get some praise, if only because he was the only one who did stand up and be counted.

Vindman and Vindman and Sondland: (Sounds like a law firm). I can understand why a vindictive pig part like Trump, with no interest in expertise and experience, would want Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman out of his White House. But his twin brother? What did he ever do to Trump? This wasn’t a firing. It was more like a Mafia hit. Take out the rat and take out his whole family.

As for Sondland, he never should have been appointed in the first place. His only qualification was that he gave Trump a million dollars. I wonder what Sondland thinks about that investment now.

Iowa: Republican Senator Joni Ernst bragged that she used to slaughter hogs on her farm. Well, we can now add Yokel farmer incompetence to the long list of reasons Iowa should not be the first primary in a presidential election cycle. Iowa blew the entire vote count with an insufficiently tested new system and poor backup plan.

Iowa has no business leading off the primaries, which influences those that follow. First, it is a caucus, not a primary. Second, the demographics in no way match those of the national population. It’s a poor test market. It is too white and too rural, in a nation that is heavily trending diverse and urban. Fourth, apparently, they’re too dumb to conduct a primary.

New Hampshire, the next state in line, isn’t much better. At least New Hampshire seems to take its responsibility seriously and pays a lot of attention to the candidates, and they have a primary, not a caucus. But their demographics are atypically skewed. They are white as a sheet. Probably 10 blacks and five Hispanics live there. (That’s an exaggeration, but not by much.)

Next comes South Carolina, which is skewed the other way, overrepresented by black voters, who wouldn’t even be allowed to vote if the South has its way. Besides, what does it matter which Democrat who wins this primary? Democrats are never going to win this state in the foreseeable future anyway.

So, we’re to our fourth primary – Nevada – before we get to a state that is at least slightly more representative of the U.S. But even it has an odd industrial base of government and gambling. So, four states in and what have we learned? Something’s wrong with this picture.

Medal of Freedom: Just as Trump diminishes everyone and everything he comes in contact with, he has now done it with the Presidential Medal of Freedom when he awarded it to Rush Limbaugh, who is not just a part but a whole pig. Limbaugh has coarsened our public discourse with vulgar, racist, homophobic and misogynist rants.

This award is supposed to go to persons who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Limbaugh has done just the opposite. This medal is supposed to go to people like John Glenn, who was a worthy recipient.

If Trump is going to give it to people like Limbaugh, he might as well drop it into boxes of Cracker Jacks.

Diary Entry: I’m taking a break from the crappy news to brag about my oldest daughter Melissa, who is a card-carrying member of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and has appeared as a character actor in numerous movies and TV shows. You may very well have seen her.

Recently, she shot a scene for a TV series currently on air. It will be her second appearance on this show, but also her last because in this scene, she gets shot and killed.  The scene required serious choreographing to be sure shots were fired timely, and in the right (wrong) direction.

Melissa plays a pawn shop owner, and when a robber comes in, she takes out a shotgun and shoots at him twice, but misses. As she is reloading, the robber shoots her. Those fake blood packets explode in her shirt and she falls back.

There was a stunt double available for the death scene, a good one, who has doubled for actors such as Kathy Bates, Margo Martindale, and Rebel Wilson. But Melissa did her own dying, and the director was very pleased with the scene. Melissa and the stunt double have apparently become friends in real life.

I am so proud of and happy for Melissa. She is living her dream.

Worst State: Alabama gets the cup this week, because Jeff Sessions is trying to get back in the Senate there. I don’t know which is worse, that this racist bigot is on the ballot, or that that the other three Republican contenders are as bad or worse than Sessions.

Sessions is utterly unworthy. He lied to the Senate under oath. If he should win in Alabama, the Senate should refuse to seat him.

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