Nov 23 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

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I have decided I am done with politics for this week.

I want to instead focus on all we can be thankful for, which in my case is a wonderful family and the opportunity to realize the American Dream of self-made success (at least to the rungs of the Upper Middle Class).

I recently discovered an ancestral branch reaching back to the founding of this nation in New England, not long after the first Thanksgiving. It was a very interesting surprise to this son of Virginia!

I also recently learned I have Native American ancestors – which was another surprise to this very European-looking, American mutt. It was actually comforting to know my family roots went back to both the first founders of the nation and the natives who lived here for centuries before the European’s arrived.

I was even more proud to learn my family line leads back to those few in New England who promoted co-existence with the Indians over conquering them. This is, in fact, one likely source of my Indian roots. My European ancestors lived as neighbors and in harmony with the Indians of New England for many decades.

Anyway, now when I think of Family and Thanksgiving, I can relate to four centuries of American history related to this uniquely American Holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Nov 20 2016

“News” Media Stuck On Stupid, As They Circle The Drain To Oblivion

The GOP establishment tried to destroy Trump via innuendo and hyped-up falsehoods during the 2016 primaries. Their Big Smear Guns failed to dent Trump. In fact, those attacks may have given Trump a huge boost in the eye of the average voter looking for an outsider who will charge the gates of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC).

During the general election the Democrats, the #NeverTrumpers and the “News” media went “all in” to stop Trump from entering the PIC and undoing all their efforts and reversing their ill gotten gains. They trashed him in any and all forms they could imagine (most fictional – all the rest exaggerated)

These attacks fired up the massive number of voters who are “sick and tired of elites”. The thinking was “the elites are scared, so Trump must be real”. The denizens of the PIC did not restrict their anger, vitriol and violence against Trump. No, they went after Trump voters! And thus was born the American grass-roots antibody to the corruption of our age: Les Deplorables:

A member of the “News” media – who did not vote for Trump – came out today begging his industry to return to its core values and integrity, lest it destroy itself financially. His commentary is painfully accurate for the losers in this election. Read the whole thing, every paragraph is a gem of insight. Here are some key excerpts:

Nevertheless, a word of neighborly advice to our more genteel media friends, the ones who sit at the high table in their pristine white dinner jackets and ball gowns. You’ve been barfing all over yourselves for a week and a half, and it’s revolting to watch.

In 2016, the media didn’t even pretend it wasn’t working in Hillary Clinton’s interests. The blue whale of information, The New York Times, virtually signaled to the journalistic universe that it was time to abandon all pretense of objectivity in a now-notorious front-page column on Aug. 8 that advised journalists “you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century” and “move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.” If that result “may not always seem fair to Mr. Trump or his supporters,” tough tiddly-winks, Times columnist Jim Rutenberg concluded.

For the good of us all, though, and in the interest of rebuilding the wreckage of its reputation, the media should go back to having gradations of outrage. Switching transition chairmen isn’t the Saturday Night Massacre, and going out for a steak without telling the hacks isn’t on a par with, say, deleting 33,000 e-mails.

Unfortunately, the double standard continues unabated. The “News” media continues to think the Big Smear Guns that so spectacularly failed during the election season are going to somehow work during Trump’s first term. Personally I say “please, continue” … until you have completely imploded and you are no more believable than the person on the street corner with the sign “the end of the world is nigh”!

New York Times Editorial Board circa 2018

Of course, right on queue the unhinged media dribbled out another round of their anti-Trump bile:

I keep hearing calls for empathy and healing, civility and polite discourse. As if supporting a man who would fill his administration with white nationalists and misogynists is something to simply agree to disagree on.

Absolutely not. You don’t get to vote for a person who brags about sexual assault and expect that the women in your life will just shrug their shoulders. You don’t get to play the victim when people unfriend you on Facebook, as if being disliked for supporting a bigot is somehow worse than the suffering that marginalized people will endure under Trump. And you certainly do not get to enjoy a performance by people of color and those in the LGBT community without remark or protest when you enact policies and stoke hatred that put those very people’s lives in danger.

Being socially ostracized for supporting Trump is not an infringement of your rights, it’s a reasonable response by those of us who are disgusted, anxious, and afraid.

Notice this lunatic has a “right” to insult, commit libel and harass her fellow citizens so she can feel better. BTW, a vast majority of the women I know hated Hillary – too bad the “News” media missed that tiny factoid. The rest of the women were knee-jerk liberals.

The author’s premise is as off target as her anger is (fed by a serious streak of insecurity). Les Delporables are not whimpering or whining about the unhinged liberals – like this piece of work. We could care less. I am not going to lose any sleep over this person’s emotional struggles. I only point her out to use her as a foil to illustrate the obvious.

See how it feels to have your core values thrown into the dirt by society?

The fact is, Trump supporters are not attacking minorities. And this misogyny thing has become so stupid we had a young male Clinton emoti-bot accuse our teenage daughters of being misogynists for supporting Trump. Engaging your brain during a hate-based-meltdown is a tough thing to do apparently.

What these people are doing is marginalizing themselves. No one has to take serious what is clearly the KKK of the left. The KKK think like this person does, branding groups they don’t understand as evil and dangerous and not worth basic respect, let alone the right to hold their own beliefs. Intimidation and violence is called for – of course. Thus the violent riots, the beatings of individuals, the attempt to destroy reputations. All fair game to someone who hates like the KKK hates.

It is strange how some people become the very thing they despise. How a victim feels empowered to become the abuser for vengeance. How else do these mavens of “safe places” violate the very premise of such concepts?

First off, Les Deplorables by definition have been battling the vitriol, violence and hate of liberal small minds for years. We don’t need safe spaces because we have spines, values and honor that no one can badger out of us. We don’t need riots, we don’t need to beat up the opposition, we don’t need to resort to hate. We have convictions.

We don’t need to because our cause is worthy and is shared by so many diverse people it is clear the cause is not driven by race, religion or sex, but by economic hardship.Trump did better among Hispanics, Blacks, minorities, women, etc than Romney and McCain.

Trump is just a symbol, not the end of this tale. The quiet and determined Trump voters – who, by-the-way swept the Democrats out of all levels of political office for the last 4 election cycles beginning in 2010 – did not cower during the primaries or during the general election. They did not lash out.

They quietly went to the voting booth and overturned the corrupt Political Industrial Complex. See, you should not be angry or hurt or violent if you want to lead (this is the Hitler model of course). You should be rationale, insightful and empathetic to the suffering of your neighbors.

I am not religious (spiritual, yes – but I do not belong to any “religion), but occasionally the Bible has a gem of an insight:

Luke 16:19-26English Standard Version (ESV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[a] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

Greed at the expense of your neighbors, family or coworkers is not an admirable trait. The top 5%, the wealthiest of this great nation, should enjoy their riches and stop messing with the lives, aspirations and opportunities of the rest of us. You don’t have enough years to spend your money, so be grateful, sit down – and shut up.

We can work the rest out on our own, for ourselves. And please, take your hate-filled minions with you.

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Nov 19 2016

The Current Political Turmoil In USA Looks So “Hunger Games”

 

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Washington DC in a Bubble

 

This has been an incredible election cycle. Historic in its impacts, historic in how badly the political elite missed what was happening, historic in how poorly the losers are dealing with their loss.

There have been a smattering of intelligent commentary among the sea of outlandish accusations and charges (I noted some in a previous post). But most of the reaction to President-Elect Trump on the left has become so stupid that young ladies who support Trump are  now being called “misogynists” by hysterical Clinton supporters (first hand experience on this account). This is so stupid it burns:

Misogyny is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls.

Worse, the violent reactions by those who once held signs that claimed “Love Trumps Hates” signals how out of touch the liberal base is with not just reality, but their own mental limitations (sorry, there is no burying the hatchet with thugs and bullies – just criminal charges and jail time). Violence is the answer to those who have no argument, no rationale basis upon which to stand.

The reaction to Trump’s election by the left has been so irrational that the they look more like mind controlled robots than anything representing an evolved, independently-thinking human being. It is becoming pathetic, and these fools don’t seem to recall this did not work on Trump or his supporters through the primaries or the general election. How it is supposed to work now is beyond me.

The way the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) continues to lash out at the majority of the country (not to be mistaken with the majority of the voters – which will arrive in 2020) who do not agree with their elitist views brings us to ponder what could drive such madness? To think the answer to rejection is to attack those whose very support is required to regain political influence is madness.

Or cult-like brainwashing.

For context, the PIC encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

As this article notes, the denizens of the PIC now only retain control in the last bastions of Democrat led states along the coasts:

Republican America is now so vast that a traveler could drive 3,600 miles across the continent, from Key West, Fla., to the Canadian border crossing at Porthill, Idaho, without ever leaving a state under total GOP control.

After last week’s election, Democrats hold the governor’s office and both legislative chambers in just six states—all of them on the Atlantic or Pacific oceans—compared with 25 for Republicans.

Democratic losses have come at all levels of government since Mr. Obama took office and his party controlled Congress. In Washington, it has been relegated to minority status with at least 60 fewer seats in the House and 12 fewer in the Senate.

The casualties have been worse in state capitols. Before the 2010 elections, 54.5% of all state legislators were Democrats, giving the party majorities in 60 of 99 chambers. Democrats controlled both legislative chambers and held the governor’s office in 17 states.

Now, the party has majorities in just 31 of 99 legislative chambers, having lost 958 seats since Mr. Obama took office. Just 43% of elected state lawmakers will be Democrats when the new state legislatures are sworn in.

The denizens of the PIC have completely isolated themselves in their little bubble of the top 5% earners and power brokers. They poll each other, consult each other, interview each other and have become completely disconnected from the rest of the country. The disassociation with the reality of the remaining 95% of the country (where all the PIC’s brilliantly stupid ideas play out) was not missed by the voters.

It was not America that lost its way, it was most of the leaders of this country, both economic and political. Note, there were plenty who did not fall into the PIC bubble, but enough did that the voters were forced to go to a total outsider to make the needed course correction.

This article I think best reflects the Trump voters and how they arrived to support real change over another round of false, political promises:

I am one of an endangered species called the American middle class. An aging baby boomer — one of the last generation, it seems, who inherited a future brighter than his parents. I grew up in manufacturing in the Rust Belt, and embraced the application of new technologies for innovation. My career spans more than four decades at companies like John Deere and Boeing and Emerson Electric. I have worked in many jobs from laborer to vice president of operations. I’ve lived and worked all over the world.

This  personal background reflects a larger-than-known number of Trump voters. My wife and I fall into this category as well; high tech, highly educated, upper middle class and fed up with PIC’s unique mix of arrogance and ignorance.

My best example of this kind of over reach by the very rich is the owner of the Redskins, who made a ton of money in the 1990’s and decided to buy the DC football franchise, which had been highly successful up until he took over. His brilliance in high tech conveyed no insight into running a professional football team, which he pretty much ran into the ground.

Anyway, back to the real world:

Since Ronald Reagan, I have not seen a politician deliver on their promises to the American people; not Democrats and not Republicans. George H.W. Bush told us to read his lips, there would be no new taxes; but of course there were. President Obama promised that if you like your health-care plan and doctor, you can keep your health-care plan and doctor, and your costs will go down. We couldn’t, and they didn’t. He and his surrogates, including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) here in Missouri, promised back in 2012 that there would be huge infrastructure projects, producing thousands of “shovel-ready jobs.”  They never materialized. Hillary Clinton said the events in Benghazi were caused by a video. They weren’t. She also promised that she’d never handled any classified material on her private server, though she had.

The old adage “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” comes to mind. And it did so to this reluctant Trump voter:

Election cycle after election cycle, we sent politicians to Washington to fix these things, and cycle after cycle they failed us. In fact, they betrayed us.

But you, the pollsters and the incredibly biased “mainstream” media, wouldn’t listen to me. You have been too busy promoting your own poisonous agenda. You did everything you could to brand conservatives as homophobic, xenophobic, greedy racists. You focused on spurious issues like genderless bathrooms and celebrity sex changes. You rebranded “pro-abortion” as “pro-choice.” You rebranded radical Islamic terrorism as “workplace violence.” You have continued your Machiavellian spinning of information and public perception, purposely drowning the voices of reason in your wake, year after excruciating year.

You fail to understand this because you are listening exclusively to America’s worst critics; people who believe only in tearing down the traditions, perspectives and governmental foundations that made us great. You were trained up by liberal professors, most of whom have seen little of the world outside their classrooms. And now, you scratch your heads, wondering how you could have been so clueless. You spend endless television and radio hours interviewing not the typical Americans like me, but one another — asking what happened.

How would the person seated next to you in a New York City television studio know?

Main Street USA has better insight and understanding on what is going on in this country than a majority of the PIC and their brutal followers.

Which had some of us realizing we had seen this plot before. Where the ruling class is hold up in their isolated enclaves of pampered inanity, the denizens of which fill their days with endless galas and award shows jammed with “participation” trophies. Placated by echo-chamber interviews and the promise to get out into the hinterlands to see how the others live, these enclaves insulate the well-off from the burdens and trials of those who provide the luxuries these people consume.

The analogy did not take long to become crystal clear:

The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unspecified future time, in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, located in North America.[7] The country consists of a wealthy Capitol city, located in the Rocky Mountains,[8] surrounded by twelve (originally thirteen) poorer districts ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically advanced, but the districts are in varying states of poverty.

Collins also cites as a classical inspiration the Roman gladiator games. She feels three key elements create a good game: an all powerful and ruthless government, people forced to fight to the death, and the game’s role as a source of popular entertainment.[10]

A contemporary source of inspiration was Collins’ recent fascination with reality television programs. She says they are like The Hunger Games because the Games are not just entertainment but also a reminder to the districts of their rebellion. On a tired night, Collins says that while she was channel-surfing the television, she saw people competing for some prize and then saw footage of the Iraq war. She described how the two combined in an “unsettling way” to create her first ideas for the series.[11]

Now, you may think this is a bit of a stretch, but reality sometimes lines up with fantasy – possibly as a clear warning that we do not want to actually create the world of say Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four or Bradbury’s Fahrenheit-451.

It dawned on me the analogy to the political elites’ reaction to Trump – in both parties and the media – was reflected by the scorched-Earth reaction by the Capitol City to the Districts of Panem becoming independent thinkers.

And then I saw it all so clear – on Morning Joe.

The prime guest was Micheal Moore describing his insights on how Trump won and how the signs were there from early on he would win.. The counter argument was provided by one Anand Giridharadas, an MSNBC commentator from one of the PIC coastal enclaves.

You just cannot make these things up. First Anand Giridharadas.

Second, Panem character Ceaser Flickerman

Separated at birth?

Here is the interview on Morning Joe. Listen how Anand complains Americans outside the PIC enclaves are not “curious” about the denizens of the PIC and their challenges (actually, he notes the challenges of those workers serving the leaders of the PIC – not the PIC themselves). The parallels are just amazing – and scary. We may have just dodged a terminal bullet to our democracy and our country this election cycle.

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Nov 15 2016

My Thoughts Post-Election View Summed Up In A Cartoon

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The post-election, hysteria-killing, says-it-all cartoon:

Hat Tip Powerline Blog

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Nov 10 2016

A Few Understand What Just Happened

If you did not see the Trump win coming, then you probably need to recognize your world view is a bit out off kilter I say this for those who want to rejoin the real America, which is not a racist or misogynist place – any more than Trump is racist or misogynist

If you fell for the Political News Medias caricature of Donald Trump, put out there to try and convince they voters they were wrong and that the Political Industrial Complex* knows better, then you really need to stop a second and decide if you really want to be the tool of these elites. That meme was placed out there to fool people.

Do you want to live your life being their useful idiot?

Anyone can make a mistake or be fooled by the news media and politicians. Heck, I fell for every fictional claim about Ronald Reagan as I prepared to vote for the first time in a Presidential election. I bought the Democrat’s BS hook, line and sinker. Back then all of my family were Democrats. So I voted for Carter and, when he lost, awaited the end of the world.

But then I watch Ronald Reagan govern for 8 years, and bring this country back up to its greatness. And I realized I had been the tool of the Democrat propaganda machine.

I never, ever belonged to a political party again. I support issues and policies, but I do my own research. I never take anything a politician says at face value. The more I support a politician (say George W Bush), the more I have to cross check and be skeptical – just to make sure my feelings don’t mess with my knowledge.

As for the news media – I am the proverbial rocket scientist (except I don’t work on the rocket end of things, more the command, control and communications end). I can tell you the news media barely grass what they report on. Their smug ignorance is legend. Needless to say, they hold little value to me except as insight into the power plays in government. Something I also see every day.

So I may sound harsh, but if you want to know what is going on in this world you CANNOT listen to those nattering nabobs on TV as your source of information and knowledge.

Anyway, there are a few who are getting what happened this week. They are communicating their insights out so as to help and warn people who did not see this coming.

But first, a little self pat-on-the-back. Nate Silver is out addressing how his personal desires may have caused him to claim too much confidence in a Clinton win. An objective eye would have been warning everyone there is no clear indicator in the polls. Silver mentioned this caveat as an aside, but really should have driven it home as his core finding – Too Close To Call.

Anyway, I want to borrow his map of the likely 2016 Electoral College to compare it to my own predictions – which were much better than Silver’s (we rocket folks also use sophisticated math, models and statistics). Here is where things should end up once the final states are called:

And here is my map I put out the morning of the election:

AJStrata_Election_MapAJStrata’s Election Prediction

Not too bad, if I may say so myself.

But to put the ego-patting aside, I think I have earned some credibility in terms of clarity of insight regarding this nation at this pivotal time. From my little perch just outside the DC beltway, in the belly of the beast, I found the following postmortem’s to be most clear-eyed. Watch or read these in their entirety. It is worth the extra time.

First, this from Slate:

The Democratic Party establishment has beclowned itself and is finished.

The party establishment made a grievous mistake rallying around Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t just a lack of recent political seasoning. She was a bad candidate, with no message beyond heckling the opposite sideline. She was a total misfit for both the politics of 2016 and the energy of the Democratic Party as currently constituted. She could not escape her baggage, and she must own that failure herself.

Theoretically smart people in the Democratic Party should have known that. And yet they worked giddily to clear the field for her. Every power-hungry young Democrat fresh out of law school, every rising lawmaker, every old friend of the Clintons wanted a piece of the action. This was their ride up the power chain. The whole edifice was hollow, built atop the same unearned sense of inevitability that surrounded Clinton in 2008, and it collapsed, just as it collapsed in 2008, only a little later in the calendar. The voters of the party got taken for a ride by the people who controlled it, the ones who promised they had everything figured out and sneeringly dismissed anyone who suggested otherwise. They promised that Hillary Clinton had a lock on the Electoral College. These people didn’t know what they were talking about, and too many of us in the media thought they did.

This is a grueling but necessarily treatise on how the Political Elite played God and got burned. The essence here is wake up and fix the Democrat Party.

And here is another good assessment:

The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.

This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’s be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

Understand something, the caricature of Trump and his supporters is all fiction! It was the wallpaper inside the bubble of the elites that kept them from having to face the fact they are being rejected by the people of this country.

It is not racist to want to control our borders and stem the influx – for a period – of people from other lands. It is not racist to note that Islam has a violent element willing to kill innocents at any time and any place. Just like one bad cop can give all cops a bad rap, so can a handful of bloody insane Muslims. It is not racist or nativist to deport immigrants who have committed serious felonies.

The media over stated the drivers behind  these views to propel their candidate to victory. They were not reporting facts.

The last good perspective was from the Morning Joe show:

If you are willing to have an open mind and want to reconnect with the America that just elected Donald Trump, you can start with these.

* The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

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Nov 09 2016

Those “Fictional” Stealth Trump Voters – They Do Exist!

Turnout models – the bane of the polling industry! Sort of like climate models, lots of supposition and wish-casting, but when placed against reality they fall apart.

The reason the pollsters got it wrong this election cycle is they cannot see outside the frame of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC)*.

Heaven help us if they could every figure that out!

My guess is the true impact of yesterday will take a year or so to sink into the denizens of the PIC. Here is one example why:

Pollsters and election modelers suffered an industry-shattering embarrassment at the hands of Donald Trump on Tuesday night.

Trump had long said the polls were biased against him. His claims – dismissed and mocked by the experts – turned out to be true.

White working class voters — the silent majority that Trump said was being underestimated by pollsters — swarmed for him on Election Day, particularly in the Rust Belt states, and helped him beat the polls.

Clinton could not turn out women, or the Obama coalition of minorities and young voters, in the same numbers to keep pace.

Pollster John Zogby believes that many in the industry weighted their polls too heavily in favor of Democrats, pointing to polls that had an 8 to 9 point advantage for the party, when it should have been in the 4 to 5 point range, he said.

It’s a claim that Trump made throughout the process.

But pollsters largely dismissed that notion, saying that Democrats turn out in larger numbers in a presidential election year and that Republicans were losing registered voters, who were increasingly identifying as independents.

That assumption will have to be reexamined.

Captain Obvious on that last sentence. Let’s see how long they need to ponder this one!

The data on what was happening was there for anyone to see. I tracked Florida for weeks and saw the massive uptick in energy across the board – which was not the Clinton Get-Out-The-Vote machine. The wave was clearly visible, the pundits just ignored it.

The problem is the elites refuse to understand the damage their idiotic policies created on Main Street, mainly because they refuse to live on Main Street. The denizens of the PIC live in isolation, only interacting with themselves, unwilling to look beyond their gated communities, their parties, their media events and all their other side shows. They just pat each other on the back and do stints on TV with their pals in the news media.

I feel no sorrow for them. The are wealthy and will remain wealthy. They just need to go find a hobby or something, since running the government for We The People is just not in their wheel house.

* The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.

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Nov 09 2016

A New Day Dawns In America

It is a fresh new day in America, thanks to Les Deplorables.

President-elect Trump is planning his transition to take over from the Lame Duck Golfer-in-Chief.

The Clintons are driving off into the annals of history – and at least one FBI investigation into their illegally gotten gains using access to the State Department to line their pockets.

The News Media is going to fix their ethical shortcomings or go bankrupt. The 4th estate is either independent from the halls of power or it needs to be shut down. BTW: don’t let those snobs in the news media make you think the uprising we saw yesterday was driven by a lack of education. I know a lot of smart people without college degrees, and a lot of idiots with multiple degrees. The fact is, Trump has plenty of college educated supporters and very wise people without degrees backing him.

I tweeted out my New Year’s resolution last night as I began to see Political Industrial Complex (PIC) begin to lose the election.  I decided to list my resolutions as hash tags:

#NeverBillCrystal, #NotGeorgeWill, #NoMoreBushes, #NoKasich, #CUKrauthammer, #MegynWho, #LaterPaulRyan-Much, #ChangeDC4Good

But getting back to serious topics, it is imperative we help those who are in dire straits now – which means fixing Obamacare. Health insurance has become a luxury-priced item, competing with the mortgage. And the deductibles are competing with family vacations. One serious, but short, illness and a family can be financially strapped for months.

The fix is simple and can be done quickly:

  • Retain the directive for covering children until age 26 (especially until we get out of the Obama economic hole)
  • Retain the directive that preexisting conditions cannot be used to deny coverage
  • Remove the requirement for one-size-fits-all plans and let insurance companies go back to tailoring plans to the individual and families.
  • Let insurance companies compete across the United States (so high density areas can help fund infrastructure in our low density regions, and make care more accessible there).
  • Eliminate the exchanges and all the government bureaucracies, and create a private-public funded reserve for people with serious medical conditions who are not in the upper economic echelons (say are not in the top 5%). This reserve will be used for premium and deductible relief for those individuals with expensive preexisting conditions, thus making health care affordable to them directly.
  • Let the market do its thing – let the insurance companies compete
  • Let insurance companies propose massive reductions in reporting to the government – reporting that has been clearly a waste of time and taxpayer money. This should relieve some costs on the insurance companies
  • Cap insurance prices for 2 years: do not allow premiums and deductibles to go beyond the Obamacare Silver plan levels from early this year – before the ridiculous hikes that are now going into effect. There will be no price gouging.

If President Trump can get his GOP Congress to pass these changes, health care will become affordable again – and that is the most critical issue the people face right now. We can deal with dismantling the useless pieces of government over time, but health care costs are a real problem right now.

One final note – my prediction map (below) was pretty close this time!

AJStrata_Election_MapAJStrata’s Election Prediction

 

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Nov 08 2016

The Unknown Election – Live Blogging

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7:32 PM Eastern: I have to point out if Trump is crushing in WV and IN and KY, he will pull out OH and PA.  There is a correlation in terms of the fact a 20% margin in a red state will be a 5% margin in a purple state.  We will see who has the turnout, but I like what I see so far.

7:19 PM Eastern: This is amazing.  As of now three states too close to call: GA, SC and VA.  I am from VA, I am from Northern Virginia (NoVa). I can tell you Hillary may be shocked in NoVA. Most of us work for the Federal Government as civil servants or contractors.  All of us must abide by laws for controlling and protecting sensitive and classified data.

I was expecting VA to fall early. Now there is hope

I know for a fact Clinton probably pissed off a good chunk of her normal supporters in the government industrial complex. Anecdotally, those bound by the rules Clinton violated are gong to give her the big finger in the ballot box here in VA. Which is why they I am curious how the vote will pan out.

For Trump, this is a good start. Hillary cannot put away VA. The outsider is battling the insider and all Clinton has right now is Vermont.

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Nov 08 2016

The Left’s Pathetic “Ground Game” Grasping

Update: This is how you fool the dupes – just dangle some graphs in front of them which ignore the 62% of the voters and focus in on 9% contacted (but are the Clinton votes?) to find redemption!

Note they failed to mention that 62% who got out on their own on … Hot Air??? Aptly named I guess – end update

This is just sad.  The liberal media is touting a Clinton Ground game edge because a smaller fraction of people were contacted by the Trump campaign than the small fraction contacted by Hillary Campaign:

… more than twice as many voters said they were contacted by Clinton’s campaign (17 percent) than Trump’s (8 percent). Another 9 percent said they were contacted by both campaigns

17 vs 8%!  Did you know twice small is still small?

What everyone is missing is that most voters came out ON THEIR OWN ACCORD:

While most voters (62 percent) said they were not contacted by either presidential campaign, …

Yep, if you just skip over the first half of the sentence you find Nirvana.

The fact is turnout is historic and across the board and was NOT due to Hillary’s ground game!

 

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Nov 08 2016

Is Democrat Turnout Cratering?

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Is the Democrat turnout fading? I ask this because I now see three big signs this may be happening. The first is an update this morning from Colorado on the early voting there (Source of this data is here):

CO Early Vote Percent Party 11_08

There is a clear drop off in Democrat voting, along with a clear uptick in Independents.

As I posted this morning, CNN discovered the exact same trends in North Carolina:

NC_Vote_Party

Same steady GOP turnout, same fading Democrat turnout, and the same surge in independent turnout.

Update: The following Reuters Poll is NO LONGER available through Nov 7th. It seems to have been pulled down and now ends Nov 3rd (where Clinton still held a lead). More Shenanigans from Clinton Media arm – end update

Then this showed up at Gateway Pundit (H/T Gateway Pundit)

Reuters_11_07

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Hillary’s support is nose diving, just like the turnout data from Colorado and North Carolina.

This cannot just be coincidence. If the Democrats did fade out the last few days of early voting, why would they not continue to fade on election day?

I can personally report the guy handing out Democrat sample ballots looked bored and alone in our NoVa polling place. Normally we are pretty tied in terms of candidate support. As of 1 PM, our precinct was already approaching 40% of the registered voters. We get our big voter push in the evenings after work. But I think the Dems are just not out (yet).

If the Dems do stay home, the results would be historic.

 

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