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Harris: Good or Bad Choice

There are two ways you can talk about politics: you can present your position, your ideas, your ideology, and then support them with arguments moral, or financial, or scientific, citing expert sources and real experience, and others do the same, and then you debate back and forth for a while, or you can just throw all that out the window and talk about it as a sporting event between two teams you really don’t care about very much.
I am sometimes dismayed that we seem to do far more of the latter than the former, but what’s really bad is when we don’t know the difference.
So, let me get my ideological objections to Kamala Harris out of the way first, before we get to the horse race: as Attorney General of the State of California, she showed clearly that she was on the side of the corporations. She failed to prosecute the CEO of Wells Fargo and he’s now in Trump’s cabinet. She has been a great friend to the private prison industry, with the argument that letting too many people out of prison would deplete the prison labor force. And she tried to block exonerating evidence for a man who was on death row. This is a horrible, evil, will sacrifice anybody for power type woman, and I don’t want her to ever be president of the United States.
Now, back to the horse race. It’s not surprising. She’s popular with the DNC and she’s a twofer on the identity politics thing, which is really important to the average vbnmw voter.
But, she brings nothing to the ticket. Anybody that is impressed with Kamala Harris was probably voting for Biden anyway. She won’t raise enthusiasm among black voters, certainly not in California, where many of them have been her actual victims.
And California is a more or less safely blue state. This pick didn’t help that, it endangered it.
She certainly doesn’t appeal to progressives but, again, not surprising. Ever since they forced Bernie out of the race, they’ve done everything they possibly can to piss his supporters off. No Medicare for All or Green New Deal or Legalization of Marijuana in the platform, Bill Clinton’s dismissive speech at John Lewis’ funeral, allowing Kasich (a Republican) to speak at the convention, and now this. But she probably doesn’t appeal to those ‘moderate Republicans’ they are trying to appeal to either. Like Tim Kain in 2016, she only appeals to people who would be voting for the ticket anyway.
Maybe the Democrats will win no matter what, because maybe people really are well and truly sick of Trump. But, just like in 2016, the Democrats aren’t actually doing anything to make that happen.

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Changing Views

Because my kids never, ever want to watch anything I want to watch, yesterday I told Sam he could pick any movie on Netflix, as long as it was in English. I’ve done that before, and we usually wind up watching some hideous crime show or a police drama.
He selected Terminal with Tom Hanks. I’d seen it before and not hated it. Tom Hanks is almost always enjoyable to watch, and it’s sort of a cute story, as I remembered it.
But, as I was watching, it seemed more and more an indictment against U.S. Customs and Immigration, and the American mentality as a whole. They treated the guy as a criminal, and couldn’t even locate a translator for
him, although when they needed somebody who spoke Russian, they called on him, I guess because they thought the two would speak the same language, i.e. foreign.
It reminded me “As Good as it Gets” with Jack Nicholson. The first time I saw it I thought it was funny. The second time I saw it, I thought a bit deeper. This was a story about how if you’re a waitress and your kid is chronically ill, you are shit out of luck in the USA unless some creepy old rich guy becomes obsessed with you and pays all your bills. But, presented as a romantic comedy.
The USA is not just falling apart now. It’s been rotten to the core for a very long time and people are just beginning to realize it.

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More About Russia

As anybody who knows me already knows, I am a big advocate of the Green Party. Their platform is virtually identical to Bernie’s platform, and the emphasis is on saving the planet, it’s right there in their name. I am rather fond of planet Earth, and I am a greater patriot for it than any specific country on it.
So, I was just on a comment thread a couple of minutes ago where some fool was saying “They aren’t a big tent party. There purpose is not to win but just to disrupt elections. And they’re backed by Russia.”
Well, they are a big tent party, all you have to do is go to their website and you’ll see they have positions on everything from Black Lives Matter to taxing the Billionaires. They are big tent, they are fucking huge tent. As far as winning goes, that still depends on the people. If everybody voted for who they liked, and read something more than what is in the papers, the Greens would win in a landslide.
But it’s the Russia comment that bugged me. We are hearing this more and more, and the Democrats have not even officially picked a candidate yet. There is absolutely zero evidence of it, and plenty of reasons for disbelieving it.
Russia has not been the Soviet Union, has not been a communist state, has had no ideological beef with the U.S. since 1989. Russia and the U.S. could be allies, could be trading partners.
Putin is probably far more concerned with politics in Ukraine and Georgia than he is with what’s happening in the U.S.
Also, no interference is necessary. It is pretty obvious that the U.S. is imploding all on its own.
Yet, we’re hearing this Russia, Russia, Russia shit even earlier and louder than we heard it in 2016. Why?
It’s because the Democrats know that they might well lose the election and they don’t really care, they get to stay rich and in the game, but they are going to need somebody to blame the loss on. So, Russia.
It’s all bullshit.

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China, Russia and the U.S.

I just saw an article saying that China is trying to interfere with the election to help Biden, and Russia is trying to interfere to help Trump. I’m skeptical, for a couple of reasons, but wouldn’t completely rule it out.
First of all, I tend not to believe anything that starts “U.S. intelligence says…” because we know that they just lie all the damned time, and for the most part aren’t even intelligence agencies, just propaganda agencies. If they just paid a bit more attention to information that’s publicly available on the internet, they’d probably have a better idea of what’s going on than they get by relying on their network of inept spies.

According to NPR: William Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said that the U.S. government has assessed that China prefers President Trump losing the election, because Beijing considers him unpredictable, while Russia is working to undermine Democrat Joe Biden.

“Ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections, foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway U.S. voters’ preferences and perspectives, shift U.S. policies, increase discord in the United States, and undermine the American people’s confidence in our democratic process,” he said.
However, he goes on to admit that he’s seen no actual evidence of that. So, he’s just guessing.
I suppose it is possible, although Russia and China (like the U.S. and every other country) also have domestic issues to worry about, which probably preoccupies most of their attention.
The U.S. is actually the nation most likely to interfere in another nation’s electoral process. (see Bolivia, just for the most recent example)
In any event, the governments of Russia and China at the moment, as well as most of the American people, are probably watching these elections and saying “What the actual fuck is going on here?” You have two mentally challenged, clearly incompetent individuals, competing to be the most powerful man on Earth, and either one will be a disaster. Russia and China, most probably, are just watching in amazement as America collapses.
I doubt they’re lifting a finger because they don’t actually need to.

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Joe’s Latest Gaffe

The problem with a dumb statement like “The Black Community isn’t diverse like the Latino community” is that it gets people talking about it and they forget that two days ago he called a reporter a junkie (except he pronounced it ‘joney’ and he also had a great deal of difficulty with the word ‘fitness’) as he was busy dodging a question about why he wouldn’t take a simple Alzheimer’s test which Trump has already taken, and that in turn shifts attention away from that time he said “If you don’t vote for me, you ain’t Black” which in turn shifts attention away from the time he forgot the word ‘constitution,’ which in turn shifts attention away from the time he talked about how much little black kids loved touching his hairy legs and how he just loves kids sitting on his lap.
It’s a Trump thing, as long as people are talking about the dumb thing you said yesterday, they stop talking about the dumb thing you said two days ago.
Now, the weird thing is, I know what he meant when he said the Latino community is more diverse than the black community. They come from different nations, speak Spanish with different accents, and don’t think of each other as all belonging to the same culture.
But, it was a godawful stupid thing to say, there was no real reason for it, and I’m enjoying watching him flounder.

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