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Sorry for inattentive today (yes, we have a Dead Pool winner – congratulations Mrs Carl). I have been under a cat. Specifically, this one – Ol’ Kneewrecker.

Also, I’ve been on Twitter. It’s as awful as you can imagine at the moment. I’m going back to chickens, books and vidya games for a while. But I did want to mention two things I learned from this election.

There are more of us than there are of them. Like, a lot more. Like, so many more that we broke their ballot-cheating mechanisms and they had to get clumsy and stupid and obvious about the steal. Will see if that has repercussions.

It’s possible to do things differently. Trump made huge inroads into Middle East peace – for example – by ignoring the old wisdom about fixing perpetually dysfunctional Palestine first. He successfully brokered multiple individual deals between nations. He deserves a lot of credit for that, which he will never get. That, and bringing soldiers home from various permanently smoldering trash fires.

I guess, for me, that’s the definition of the “Trumpism” everyone’s talking about – approaching old problems in new ways.

Someone said on Twitter that people need to go back and start running for dog catcher and ward captain, with an eye to higher and higher office. But that’s like sending your nice kid away to college and getting back a blue-haired gender studies graduate with a nose ring. The years-long process of grinding through lower office changes people, makes them into politicians. We need to find other avenues.

Trump is a strange and, in many ways, unlikeable character, but he changed me from “anyone’s better than Hillary” to an enthusiastic supporter. I’m afraid he was lightning in a bottle: a well-known celebrity with go-to-hell money of his own. If we see the same combination in play again, it’ll probably be somebody like Cher.

I’m hoping he opens a giant media company, which zooms to #1 in no time (thanks to the collapse of Fox). Then he can be in their faces 24/7.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 8, 2021, 9:12 pm

Read, read !!!!!!!!!!

I endorse Stoat Weasel’s analysis wholeheartedly!

Even now, the old decrepits are thrashing about trying to end President Trump’s First Term two weeks early with as much venom and hatred as they can muster. Heretofore unmolested establishment politicians are being harangued loudly by large groups. The latest wet mop to be so rewarded id Lindsey Graham at Reagan National. It’s all over twitter from several angles… enjoy!

The ancien régime is in the throes of collapse and nobody is sad about it.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 8, 2021, 10:26 pm

I voted for Trump in hopes that he would appoint judges who believed in the Constitution. He appointed 259 judges (unless I miscounted), with many more pending approval in the Senate (their chances of approval have fallen to zero now). Only time will tell if these judges are conservatives, but I think I’ll make keeping track of these judges my new hobby.

So Trump did not disappoint me. Florida has been good for talk show hosts—maybe Trump will give it a try. And I, too, endorse Stoaty’s comments.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 8, 2021, 10:27 pm

Holy shit, it’s a bloodbath on Twitter! I’m watching the accounts locked one by one.

Now Apple is telling Parler they’ll be taken out of the Apple Store if they don’t do the same.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: January 8, 2021, 11:06 pm

The establishment didn’t like the Tea Party, and crushed it.

Because of that, Donald Trump was elected, and in response the establishment fought him for the entire term, and finally beat him.

They didn’t like the Tea Party, or Trump. They are going to like what comes next even less.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 9, 2021, 12:22 am

My twitter account has been suspended.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: January 9, 2021, 12:41 am

This is kind of unsettling. There is no end to it once started.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 9, 2021, 1:12 am



Assembly underway.

I’d steal the line about “Father forgive them” but no, that’s not where my heart is, and I ain’t as forgiving as the Savior.

Domestic terrorism my ass. They’ve been domestically terrorizing us semi secretly since 2008 and openly since 2016.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 9, 2021, 3:07 am

Re: Fecebook, Twits, etc.:

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

— Harry S Truman, August 8, 1950

This quotation is popping up all over, so I figured it ought to pop up here.

Comment from Mitch
Time: January 9, 2021, 6:20 am

Rush will likely pass away this year. EIB will live on without him – who will the Golden Mic pass on to? Oh, not three hours every day but maybe Trump in a weekly 3 hour segment of radio commenting on the political scene? OMG

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 9, 2021, 8:18 am

Twitter has blocked Rush, too.

Edit: no, looks like Rush voluntarily killed his Twitter account after Trump got the axe.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 9, 2021, 11:00 am

Wait and see if ‘they’ use corporate means to de-platform anything that might compete with TwitFaceYou for disseminating information that runs counter to their world view.

Gonna be hard when they get the banks refusing to do business with you, even if you are, say, Donald Trump.

You know, used to be when you wrested control in your new Banana Republic, you captured the television and radios stations first to ensure control of the news, the airports, ports, train stations for controlling travel, you declared a curfew, and then eventually you got round to controlling the banks.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 9, 2021, 11:22 am

Maybe YouTwitFace is a better name for the company.

Oh look! I think I just saw a tank outside the internet router hub building.

That didn’t take long did it.
After all workers, you don’t really control the means of production.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 9, 2021, 11:32 am

Oh, and CNN is trying to get Fox taken off the air for failure to be properly woke.

You may control production, but they’re going to control distribution, and they’re already drunk on this sudden rush of power they think they have.

Comment from Teej
Time: January 9, 2021, 3:58 pm

I know this makes me a …puddytat, but I’m scared.
Oh wait. I’m old. Wont live To see the worst of it. And I still have rum.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 9, 2021, 5:21 pm

There are rumors/conjecture that President Trump may buy Parler (I would like to chat in the Trump Parler!).

Perhaps he should also consider buying a server farm or two and some of the Internet physical infrastructure and content distribution network for full vertical integration.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 9, 2021, 8:00 pm

Oh no, ExpressoBold! I’m a little pissed that I’ve not been kicked off. I’m obviously considered harmless 🙁

Comment from Dangedyankee
Time: January 9, 2021, 10:55 pm

Harmless perhaps good lady, but funny.
If you do make a “follow me – i’m Going back to the old normal “ t-shirt let us know. I’ll Buy 3.

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 10, 2021, 2:03 am

Get ready for blood in the streets

Comment from OldFert
Time: January 10, 2021, 3:57 am

Kipling (After his son was killed in the Great War in 1915):

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.
I think there will be a lot more hostile feelings, and actions, before things settle down. Seventy million people can be spit upon for only so long.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 10, 2021, 6:04 am

Bezos/Amazon just told Parler to f*ck off.

Parler’s use of the Amazon’s Web Hosting Servers ends Sunday midnight (I don’t know if that’s GMT, EST, PST, or what).

John Matze responds.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 10, 2021, 8:57 am

Parler’s still working for me this morning. Gab isn’t. Mastodon is. Kiwi Farms isn’t. Also, the chickens’ water is frozen solid and I don’t know where the cats are.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 10, 2021, 1:32 pm

“Captain Pelosi! ”
“What is it Mr. Schumer?”
“Sir! Donald Trump sited on an iceberg 2 points off the starboard bow!”
“Ha! Mr. Schumer, we’ve got them now!”

“Helm, 20 degrees right standard rudder!”
“Helm! Point the bow thingie at the damn iceberg!”
“Rudder 20 degrees right sir.”
“All engines full speed ahead!!!!!!”
“Full speed ahead aye sir.”

“We’ve finally got him Mr. Schumer, we’ve finally got him.”
“Thou golden haired whale!”

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