The Mueller Report

We will never see the Mueller Report, so perhaps it’s a bit presumptuous of me to write about it, but that is true of everybody writing everywhere, and this is something that needs to be discussed.
It’s over, it has been submitted to the Attorney General, and there is no proof that Trump colluded with Russia to help him win the election.  On that score, Trump is completely vindicated, and the people hollering “Collusion!” all look like fools.
Of course, the results of the report are available to congress, and I hope that some eagle-eyed congresspeople (and I do hope that it’s more than just Ocasio-Cortez – she is awesome but she can’t truly be expected to do everything on her own) look through it and find some grounds for impeachment they can make stick.  Using the presidency for personal profit, general incompetence, insanity, whatever.
But, as far as Mueller and the DNC are concerned, I suspect they have achieved their true goal.  That’s because I suspect that their goal, from the beginning, was twofold:  to give Hillary Clinton an excuse for having lost the most unloseable election ever, and to delay impeachment for long enough that Nancy Pelosi and others could say “There is no need to impeach now.  The next election is right around the corner.”
I’m sure their calculations included the length of his term – we’re just a couple of months shy of the halfway mark – and the Democratic primary schedule.
I imagine it’s the reason Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy so early.
It could be I’m being paranoid and drawing lines between dots where there need be no lines, but nonetheless, this is where we find ourselves.  No actual charge of treason, and a Democratic party that doesn’t want to impeach for anything less.

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The Yang Wang Thang

There are one issue candidates, and there are candidates who have policies on all the issues, and then there is Andrew Yang.  I guess he just got tired of being known as the UBI candidate, since nobody knows what he’s on about, even though it’s simple.  The government gives everybody free money.  I’m not opposed to it.  I think it should be a really big amount, like everybody gets a million dollars.
Still, somehow the issue has not gained traction.  Sure, his followers have a catchy name. The Yang Gang,  it’s sort of like Bernie Bros but not as original.  He’s had his name in the news, and he sometimes gets 3 or 4% in polls, which is better than a lot of the announced candidates.
So, he’s branching out.  He’s got a new issue, and this is a game changer.  He is anti-circumcision.  Here’s a link to an article about it.
I don’t know.  I think he’s just lost all credibility, and there will be an endless series of dick jokes (Yang rhymes with Wang).  It will be like Anthony Weiner all over again.

But, I have misjudged public opinion before.  What if there is a huge number of people who are rabidly against circumcision (would that make them anti-semitic?)  What if they are as ubiquitous as lovers of cats, and we’d never realized it before because the subject never actually came up.  Could he surge to the nomination on the anti-circumcision vote, the way Trump won his nomination on promises of building a rather ludicrous wall?

Actually, it probably won’t make much of a difference either way.  If Andrew Yang doesn’t want to talk about Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal, and getting money out of politics, then he is running in the wrong year.

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There is no Bottom

There was a woman recently who was speaking at a Trump rally and said something along the lines of “I never thought I’d support a dictator, but if there is one, I hope it’s Trump” which is kind of incoherent if you analyze it, but if you don’t it’s real clear what she meant.  And the crowd cheered.

Trump was absolutely right when he said he could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose votes.  There is nothing these people won’t accept from him.  Take his recent comments about John McCain, for example.

“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve.  I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you. That’s O.K. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”

How much is wrong with this statement?  A lot.  Pretty much everything, really.  Let’s take it point by point.

“I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted.”  Trump didn’t give anything to anybody.  He didn’t even attend.

“, which, as president I had to approve.”  No, he didn’t.  The National Cathedral, where the funeral took place, said immediately that that’s not true.  No presidential permission was required, asked for, or given.

“I don’t care about this.”  Whenever somebody says “I don’t care about this” you can be damn sure they care about it a lot.  The things people really don’t care about, they don’t even mention, because they don’t care.

“I didn’t get a thank you.”  Well, of course he didn’t.  McCain, being already fucking dead, could hardly thank him for the lovely funeral.  Or perhaps Trump was expecting a thank you from Cindy McCain, or Meghan.  Maybe they could have thanked him for not attending, I suppose.  That was kind of a favor.  In any event, even if somebody has arranged a funeral (which we have already ascertained Trump did not), it would be kind of tacky to complain about not being thanked.  The family has other things to think about.  Let it go.

“That’s O.K.”  See “I don’t care about this.”  Same thing.

“We sent him on the way.”  Now, there’s a cheerful euphemism.
“But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”  Well, actually, neither was I.  But he’s been dead for about 8 months now, and I almost never even think about him.  I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to criticize him (and his family).  Compared to Donald Trump, he was a goddamned paragon of virtue.

It was an absurd statement on every level.  But, will he lose votes over it?  Probably not a single one.  He could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and kill the first person to pass by and he wouldn’t lose votes.  His supporters are just that deluded.

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Dreams

Dreams are ruminant thought and, in that, they are similar to what I’m trying to do with my blog.  The hope is that if I spill enough words onto paper, and do it freely and disconnectedly enough, eventually something of worth, something revelatory, something brilliant, will emerge.  Law of statistics, infinite monkeys and typewriters, and so on.
So, last night, once again, which is starting to become a bad habit, I crashed before blogging, and my dreams were very vivid:  there were essentially three scenes which kept repeating.  A pub I was sitting outside of and refusing, because of some strange principle, to go into, a classroom in which I was perpetually arriving late, although there was never more than one or two people there, and I was the teacher although I was usually just sitting at one of the tables, and the deck of the Enterprise, in the series Enterprise, the one with Scott Bakula as Captain Archer, which is very much in the spirit of the original, just a big shoot ’em up in space, and that was the last thing I watched before bed, which is often a big influence in setting the scene for a dream.
Is this a problem of the modern world, or the promise of it?  Is this a feature, or a bug?  Not sure, but of all the thoughts meandering through the mind at any given moment, far more of them are externally generated than was ever before possible.  It sounds not good, but all change is good in a sense, in that infinite monkeys kind of sense, that we are looking for something different that we haven’t found yet.
In the part of the dream where I was sitting outside the pub, a lot of it had to do with whether or not a band was going to arrive, and people kept stopping by and giving me advice on my blog, and on my writing in general.

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O’Rourkes Big Haul

The rabbit is happily chewing away at straw inside her cage, and everyone else is asleep and I am at a complete loss over what to write about.
Bernie supporters are enraged and calling foul because Beto O’Rourke is claiming to have outdone him in the newly important metric of opening day contributions.  Bernie got 6 million.  Beto got 6.1, and we know he does not have anywhere near the loyal fan base that Bernie does.  So, the rumor floating around was that he paid the DNC money that was left over from his Senate campaign, some 4.5 million smackeroonies, and then they gave it back to him in this hyis hour of need.

But, word has come down the grapevine, the Bern of command, that that’s probably not true and we should shut up about it.  It would have been a lot easier, and a lot less illegal, like not illegal at all, just to have raised that total from some big ‘bundlers,’ which, I’m not 100% certain, means people who hand a candidate huge bundles of cash, and it’s legal.  Hell, the man’s a billionaire on his wife’s side.  5 or 6 of her uncles and cousins could have put up a million apiece and, hey, Bob’s Your Uncle.

To quell our suspicions on that account, he has invoked the old rule of “I don’t have to say where I got my donations from, I just got ’em, O.K.”
But, we certainly should be keeping all of this about policies, and not fretting overly much over what portion of that 6.1 million dollars was not legit, and if not, in what ways was it not legit.
The fact that he doesn’t support Medicare for All should disqualify him right there.

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“That’s Just The Way It Is”

That’s just the way it is.  Parents say it to their children.  Bosses say it to their employees.  People who have no imagination and can’t see solutions to problems say it to everybody.  You will be trying to make a point and people will just throw up their hands and say “That’s just the way it is” and all that means is that they don’t understand a word you’ve said and have no real interest in trying.
It’s natural, I suppose.  To drift with the current is easier than swimming, to sit on the sidelines is easier than getting in the game, and carries far less risk of actual injury.
But, it’s not a good enough excuse any more.  Once upon a time you might have said “That’s just the way it is” and it would have been true.  People lived in one place their whole life, people did the same job their parents did.  We had centuries of that shit.  But, it’s over now.  We have the knowledge of the world at our fingertips.  We also have a plethora of visions of how the world could be.
We could have a future of peace, a society where nobody is poor, where the air is clean, the water is drinkable, where everybody had a home , where there is fresh fruit growing in the parks, long boulevards lined by shady trees, and so on and so forth.

Yet, there are some who would hold us back from all that.  “That’s just the way it is,” they say.  But it’s not.  Not any more.

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College Admissions Scandal

O.K., I don’t think I’ve written about the college admissions scandal as yet, so here are a few of my thoughts on that.

I’m not terribly surprised.  Once you’ve had the revelation that rich people would rather let 90% of the human race die and scar the surface of the planet irrevocably than give regular working folks a share of the pie, nothing is terribly surprising any more.  Once you’ve realized that rich people will gladly start a war, one in which they know tens of thousands of completely innocent civilians will die, just so they can get their hands on the resources lying under their lands, it’s hard to be horrified that rich parents would bribe top schools to get their kids into college.
I’m a bit at a loss to know why they bother.  I suppose it takes them a big bribe to get them into one of the high prestige schools, but you can get them into a perfectly good four year state university just by paying the fee which, admittedly, is an arm and a leg for the working class parent, but peanuts compared to what these families were willing to fork over.
I suppose that for some firms, an Ivy League diploma is what they look for:  lobbying firms, political consultants, probably some legal firms.  Firms which are operating at that Olympian level where who you know is more important than what you know.
If that’s what it’s all about, then this amounts to rich people paying huge bribes to other rich people just so they can stay in the rich people’s club, in perpetuity.
It’s the American version of buying a title.
The solution to the problem is free university for all.  It won’t stop the rich people from offering money to rich people’s colleges, so their moron children won’t have to rub shoulders with the common folk.  What it will do is make a decent college education available for everybody and, if that were the case, nobody’d care too much what the rich kids do.

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