Sorta feels like the news cycle, ehh? Just so much shit happened in just the last 72 hours regarding the 2020 election.
John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
Please stop telling my preferred candidate to drop out when only three states have voted.
*** Update ***
Two minutes after posting this, I learn that Buttigieg is suspending his campaign. He was not my preferred candidate, but this seems very newsworthy.
Pete Buttigieg is heading back to South Bend and will give a speech tonight suspending his campaign, according to an aide.
His campaign just advised that he’ll deliver remarks at 830 p.m EST. pic.twitter.com/dXvvnVlhaP
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 1, 2020
As I joked on twitter, my current coronavirus prep has been to order a bunch of dog and cat food and a couple pounds of coffee, which is actually just my monthly subscription from amazon. I did stock up on the prescriptions I take, and I have a bunch of N95 masks already as well as the Breaking Bad style respirator I bought when I had to deflea the house when I bought it. Other than that, I really don’t plan on doing anything.
I wonder how this will all play out. I do think it will spread like wildfire for several reasons. The first of which is that Americans have spend 50 years convincing themselves that America has the WORLDS BEST HEALTHCARE™, so probably a lot of people won’t be as careful as they should be. A lot of people think this is something that is just happening in the backwater provinces of China, and EVERYONE KNOWS their healthcare is nothing compared to ours.
The second of which is that people don’t was their hands well enough, never have, and never will. America, fuck yeah.
The third reason is this:
Even companies that do offer sick days, best I ever had was three. So, you’re allowed to get sick once a year. Unless your kid got sick and you had to use your days in January.
— Lauren Hough (@laurenthehough) February 27, 2020
Capitalism might really kill us all. That would be ironic.
I find that as I get older, I like to drive without any music. Just the sound of the road, whatever few sounds modern vehicles make, and the air when the window is cracked. I find it peaceful and relaxing. Mind you, I still listen to music, and sometimes NPR for a quick cardio workout, but a good bit of the time I just like the silence. Life is very loud. My new (well, new to me since it was built in 1910) is very quiet, and the appliances are new so they do not make much noise, but still there is t he sound of the pets and the neighbors and other stuff. But in the car it is just me and the sound of the road.
It gives me time to think and decompress. At any rate, I was thinking today, and I started to wonder if maybe I am the last generation who will remember good governance at the state and local level. Now obviously, there have always been problems and corruption and systemic racism, but at least when I was a kid they could do the basics- pave the fucking roads, pay the cops, do preventative maintenance. The coronavirus is a perfect example- we shouldn’t have to freak out and authorize a shitload of money, we should have the broad outlines of what to do in place and then just mobilize and fund as needed.
I don’t know what happened. I suspect it is because every election has been nationalized, and we have 34 year old idiots elected to the state legislature or city council and they think their job is advancing abortion policy or other bullshit, when actually their job is making sure the rivers and water isn’t polluted and the budget is balanced and the teacher’s get paid. The internet, the big money involved, and everyone wanting to be a star has also played a role, as well as talk radio.
Good governance is like maintaining an old house. You have to do things ahead of time to be ready for when shit goes downhill. You do the preventative maintenance, and when something breaks, you fix it instead of putting it off because you want to go on vacation or some other shit. You don’t wait until the roof caves in to make sure the shingles are ok. You can’t govern by just lurching from disaster to disaster like we have been doing for the last few decades. There has to be normalcy and routine. It’s one of the many reasons that I am supporting Warren, because she understands this.
What brought this to my mind today is I was out taking pictures of areas on the road near me that had had rock slides. I have two state Senators, one of whom is worthless and a right wing ALEC guy, the other is William Ihlenfeld, who was the United States Attorney from 2010-2016 before becoming a state Senator in 2018 (and one day Attorney General or Governor, I hope). While the other dipshit is out pushing fetal pain bills and other fucking nonsense, Bill Ihlenfeld answers his phone when I call to tell him there is a slip that is dangerous or the guard rail is broken on a treacherous part of the road where the college kids drive like maniacs. Every winter we have a bunch of rock slides, which is usual, due to the expansion and contraction due to freezes and thaws. I contacted him a couple weeks ago, State Road worked on them this week, and today I called to thank him and to tell him there is one area that still has what appears to be precarious overhangs, but that I can not provide informed comment because I am not an engineer or geologist or engineering geologist. Within an hour of leaving a message for him, he called and asked me to take some pictures. I was already in the big city, so I took some photos on the way home, and then marked up a map to show him locations:
And you know what? I can guarantee you that by tomorrow noon he will have called or emailed me back. Good governance. Competence. It really is a precious commodity these days.
I think we forget that. Hell, much was made of the first transgender woman being elected to the Assembly in Virginia, Danica Roem, and she wasn’t campaigning on hot button issues. She campaigned on fixing the fucking roads. And people elected her without hesitation, because PEOPLE NEED FUCKING ROADS.
Maybe we will luck out and once again have a boring President and government that just does its job and we don’t have to see them on fucking tv every god damned night of the week being a disgrace. Right now, though, we are shit out of luck, and our idiot in chief just appointed the non doctor who created an HIV epidemic in Indiana to head the coronavirus response. So get ready for prayer and holding an aspiring between your knees or whatever fuckery that idiot has lined up for us.
There are so many awful things about Trump and his coterie of dipshits, scumbags, and malcontents that it is hard to narrow down what the worst part about them might be. In just a few short years they have amassed a record number of sins against decency, morality, and the law, both big and small, and every aspect of their existence simply appalls me. But still, every now and then, they do something that just sets me off and just makes me berserk. Things like this:
Donald Trump and his entourage reportedly failed to eat a single item of a special vegetarian feast prepared for him during his trip to India.
The American president and his wife, Melania, were presented with the menu during their visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, one of the former homes of the Indian independence hero.
In an effort to please the famously carnivorous tastes of the president, the chef — a well-known award-winning chef called Suresh Khanna — adapted a number of famous Indian delicacies to make them more recognisable for their guests and even included more familiar items such as chocolate-chip cookies and apple pie.
But neither Mr Trump nor the First Lady touched anything from the special high tea menu.
“Some food items were arranged for the members of the visiting delegation, but neither the US President nor the First Lady had anything during their visit to the Ashram,” one of the Ashram’s trustees, Kartikeya Sarabhai, told the PTI news agency.
Mr Trump is infamous for enjoying a classically American diet, featuring cheeseburgers, Diet Coke, well-done steak and ice cream among his favourite dishes.
I just want to scream. I would absolutely kill to experience this. The top chef in India preparing a personally designed meal for me?
Everything about these fucking lowlifes is awful. They have no taste, no class, no sophistication, no appreciation of the actual finer things in life. Just horrid. I know we are supposed to all be rending garments about the debate performances tonight (I did not watch), but fuck it all I’d do anything to have any fucking one of them replace Trump. Even god damned Bloomberg.
I know this is a minor thing considering everything they have done, but if I am still alive in 50 years (I won’t be. God, I hope I won’t be unless they do find a cure for aging) this will be one of the things I am still salty about and will remember every time the name Trump is brought up.
Not really, though. I don’t like a lot of what I am seeing out there, with people predicting the end of the world if Sanders wins. First off, the primaries are FAR from over, and anything can happen. And I am not saying that in a “miracles happen Bernie can be defeated” way, but in a “we don’t know shit yet because this is soo early in the game.”
Second, this is what being in a coalition means. My preferred candidate is Warren, but should she lose and not become the nominee, I am still going to support the Democratic nominee, because Trump is a monster and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ain’t getting any younger.
So calm down. I think a lot of people are working themselves into a lather and painting themselves rhetorically into a corner. Anyone we nominate will be better than Trump. Literally anyone. The bar is that low. Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire autocrat and a fascist who oversaw some pretty fucking outright racist policies as Mayor, but EVEN HE is better than Trump, and by a wide fucking margin.
So buck up. Just keep supporting the person you like, work on getting out the vote, and do what you can to take our country back.
Mistermix reviewed the debate last night, and I, for a change, watched some of it, but if you have not actually seen any of the debate footage and are just reading about it, you really need to watch it.
— John Cole (@Johngcole) February 20, 2020
I feel like a Bernie diehard because I just simply don’t understand why everyone does not love her. Steve felt the same way:
Go watch her.
I read all your suggestions, and I think I am going to go with Padron Peppers as my new crop this year.
Also, if I have the cash, I am going to get around to putting in the paw paws.
Last year I grew okra from seedlings for the first time. I want to do something new this summer, too. Any suggestions?
About once every two years, I screw up and forget to plan ahead for dinner. I have done so tonight. I also have no desire to go anywhere, so you know what that means- delivery pizza.
Sadly, I live in an area that is not know for its abundance of delivery food or pizza. So you know what that means.
I estimate I will feel sick to my stomach within 2 hours.