Wow. Just, wow.

Yesterday, in elections around this great nation, in races at various levels:

In Virginia, Democrats won an overwhelming victory:

  • Northam was elected Governor by 54/46, in the face of a racist campaign scripted by Bannon at the end.
  • Democrats also won the Lt. Gov. and AG races.
  • A transgender candidate beat the bigot who wrote the state’s “bathroom law”.
  • Lee Carter, a Marine and Democratic Socialist, won his race.
  • They are still counting but Democrats flipped AT LEAST 14 seats in the House of Delegates, with five races too close to call, yet. (Their former standing was just 34 to 66.)  Just three more wins, of several still being counted, and they could have a majority.

In New Jersey, Chris Christie’s legacy is total control held by Democrats, going forward.

Washington State is now run by Democrats.  The Republicans lost their last bit of control in the State Senate.

Charlotte, NC elected its first Black mayor.

A transgender Black woman won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council.

A string of mayorships were won by new faces, mostly non-white, many female, in states all over the country.  It’s a long list.  Each one, was a loss by a Republican.

Voters in Maine approved ACA’s expansion of Medicaid in their state, by a 59 percent majority.  This had been repeatedly vetoed by their mentally disturbed Trump-fanboy, Gov. LePage.

Senator Sue Collins now has a very solid affirmation of her votes against the ACA’s repeal.

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Back in January I posted news that various women’s advocacy groups were seeing a wave of new faces appearing for candidate-training sessions, all over the country, in response to Trump’s election.  Well, this first big test is validating that movement.

Those new faces, and others to appear soon for 2018, will provide a tsunami of new leadership.

2018 is looking to be a very very bad year for the Trump Gang and their political movement, and their nasty message of Fascism and racism.  The people of this great nation are rejecting them, at every level of politics.

Here in Nevada, the establishment GOP candidate for Governor, our AG Adam Laxalt, and our gutless wonder Senator Dean Heller, are already running campaign ads on TV, as of this past weekend.  This is not a sign of strength, a year out.  It is a sign of desperate weakness.  Their private polling must be disastrous.

And one final bit of good news:  the infamous Sharron Angle (remember her?) is challenging our state’s one Republican House Member, Mark Amodei, in his primary.  The Nevada news media are ecstatic.  She’s a hoot to report on, a laugh a minute!

 

119 Responses to Wow. Just, wow.

  1. KevinNevada says:

    9T:

    But that shit did happen in OK. It happened everywhere. That is where this thread started.

    The voting swings are large, all over the country at various levels of races and consistent almost everywhere, and consistent since last spring.

    On average, they are running about 15 percent against the Republicans/conservatives.

    That is enough to switch many seats next November, if it holds up. There are more than enough House seats, for example, with a Cook’s index of R+10 or less, that could flip.
    The gods protect us, Nancy will probably be Speaker again by Jan. 2019.

    (As an aside, the odds that she will willingly step aside, at long long last, are now nil.
    She can smell the Restoration, and so can SEIU. But I digress.)

    And there is nothing in Trump’s conduct, his fixed patterns of behavior and thinking, that show an ability to change. He’s 70, his disorders have been established since teenage years and from various accounts, are notable worse – not better, worse – since about ten years ago.

    So he will continue to offend, continue to get mad and fuck up, continue to rage and create new grudges. Their governing imperative is to piss off the other 95 percent of the planet. MAGA!!

    Bannon will continue to give his pal wonderful advice, which is to dig in and double down on everything they have done so far.

    And Mueller stitches on, a modern day Madame Defarge, stitching more names.

    The next wave of serious trouble will hit: both Flynns, and also Fredo and Jared.

    More indictments will happen before Christmas.

    And he now has 280 characters/Tweet, the better to vent his bile.

  2. NatashaFatale says:

    Except that the spread of monotheism was a bad human mistake that needs correcting.

    Sq,

    I’ve been convinced for a long time that monotheism was an attack on civilization from its earliest beginnings. Not so much an attack on everything the pagan world had achieved, though it certainly was that, but an attack on the sheer possibility that any culture other than the one god’s own could ever be legitimate, that its existence should ever be acceptable to the initiated. Among the lasting perversions that outrageous notion spawned was this one: we are the servants of the one true god, and we do this – therefore this is acceptable to the one true god, which our scriptures teach us we serve in everything we do. And among the this-es this instinctive syllogism has sanctified we now find this one: our most righteous menfolk dearly love to screw teenage girls, so the god they serve must approve – for how can it be otherwise?

  3. KevinNevada says:

    And in an update on Virginia, which the national news are ignoring . . .

    here is local coverage of the ongoing battle for control of their lower House, the Delegates.

    If not changed, R/D for the next two years, stands at 51 to 49. But at least 4 races can be disputed, by either a recount – which only considers ballots already accepted – or a ‘contest’ procedure which can also consider ballots that were ignored. In one race, 55 absentee ballots were left out of the final count, enough to flip the result, because a petition was submitted one day late.

    So, this fight will continue into January.

    Remember that in the prior cycle, R/D ratio was 64 to 36. This is an enormous swing.

    And many of the new faces are women, and far more diverse than the prior membership of that august body of distinguished solons.

  4. bluthner says:

    I’ve been out of town and away from my desk all weekend, up in Scotland where it was cold and sunny and gorgeous, but can’t resist chipping in to agree most heartily that monothesim was the worst idea any human being ever came up with. Bar none. And that includes all the so-called secular monotheisms as well: Communism, Stalinism, Hitler’s version of Fascism, Maoism, extreme free-market libertarianism, the list goes on and on.

    I know I’ve posted this quote from Isiah Berlin before, but it bears re-reading from time to time:

    Those who believe that final truths may be reached, that there is some ideal order of life on earth which may be attained, that all that is necessary is to establish it, by whatever means, whether peaceful or violent–all those who believe that such finality, whether of life or of thought and feeling, is in principle attainable will, however benevolent their desires, however pure their hearts, however noble and disinterested their ideals, always end by repressing and destroying human beings in their march towards the Promised Land.

    Monotheism is just another version of a belief in the kind of final truth Berlin is calling out as disastrous.

  5. NatashaFatale says:

    In a rare upset victory, the Guardian wrests the traveling dumbest headline of the day trophy from CNN: “Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system.”

  6. bluthner says:

    Nat,

    Not that I enjoy pedantry -not at all- but wasn’t there a flurry of observation, back in October, in order to figure out if that object had in fact originated in our own system’s Oort cloud, and been flung out, and thus become an interstellar object that was now returning to pass through our solar system (all of which is entirely possible) or if it rather had orginated in another solar system?

    I could be wrong, but if I am not wrong, then the headline, while seemingly redundant, is actually reporting the very thing that a lot of astronomers spent a lot of effort figuring out.

  7. Squirrel says:

    ‘How these gals came up with this, I don’t know. They must have had some sweet dreams somewhere down the line. ‘Plus,’ he added, ‘there are some 14-year-olds, who, the way they look, could pass for 20.’”
    [Pastor Earl Wise, a Moore supporter from Millbrook, Ala.]

    None of the nearly 10 pastors reached by phone said the allegations of sexual misconduct changed their views about Moore. Several said the allegations made them more proud to vote for the former judge.”

    [Boston Globe.]

    No Comment.

  8. bluthner says:

    Honest Judge, she said she was twenny!

    Is a defense to statutory rape that gets heard a lot, always has, but only very seldom is given any credence. I’d say, best guess, Pastor Wise chased some underaged girls (or boys) in his day, too. I mean there could be another reason he gives the sleazeball a pass; it could be that he thinks young girls are evil temptresses, like Eve in Genesis, just begging for it, or it could be that he thinks keeping hold of the Senate is worth any amount of child molestation. Either way he’s a Pastor so how could he be wrong?

  9. NatashaFatale says:

    Bluth,

    “…if that object had in fact originated in our own system’s Oort cloud, and been flung out…”

    Sure. If I walk out of my house and take a step to the right, I’m a step closer to France. Therefore I’m an intercontinental traveler. Sure.

    Now if I take two steps to the right, I’m damn near halfway to Honduras, where the age of consent is 14. Honest, Your Honor, I could swear she had a trace of a Honduran accent…

  10. NatashaFatale says:

    The headline now reads “Mysterious object confirmed to be from another solar system”. The prosecution rests. After observing that the King of Spain is rumored to have been on the A-list in Toledo.

  11. bluthner says:

    Nat,

    Okay. But in fact there are some ‘interstellar’ objects that did in fact originate in the Oort cloud. That is not in dispute. So it could have been an ‘interstellar object’ that originated in our own solar system. Indeed there were, at one time, astronomers who thought that to be the case.

    Clearly, though, others have seconded and thirded and fourthed your sensible objection, and my pedantry is left in the dust.

  12. bluthner says:

    To clarify: interstellar object is a body other than a star or substellar object located in interstellar space, and not gravitationally bound to a star. That’s all that is required. Just as objects from our own Oort cloud were flung out of the gravitational pull of our own sun, to become interstellar objects, so were objects from other solar systems. To say something is an interstellar object does not identify it’s origin. And some interstellar objects, which originated in our Oort cloud, do indeed come careening back towards our own sun, from time to time, or at least that is what some astronomers tell us.

  13. NatashaFatale says:

    “…left in the dust.” Dust now, interstellar is the place for it. Yes, there’s just no dust like interstellar dust.

  14. KevinNevada says:

    Even better as a complication on the Oort Cloud, it seems that over the aeons, our star’s Oort Cloud has brushed into other star’s clouds, and probably traded material.

    This is a key element in the Panspermia Hypothesis, the notion that the basic materials of life, that trigger further evolution in hospitable locations, can be spread from star to star, given enough time. And there has been enough time.

    Deep time is a concept the human mind has some difficulty with.
    That, and the real scope, the real size, of this universe.

  15. bluthner says:

    Deep time is a concept the human mind has some difficulty with.

    What about for those who have read “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”?

  16. KevinNevada says:

    Squirrel:

    As I wrote above, we are learning in the wide something that has been stewing quietly in the fundamentalist circles for some time. Ironically, it’s something they share with their bitter religious rivals, the fundamentalist/un-reconstructed Mormons (the gang that cling to dear old customs like polygamy). It’s the habit of turning their teen girls over to grown men, the better to control them.

    From what I hear, no one from Alabama is the least bit surprised by these revelations.

    Some of them play with venomous snakes, too.

    As the old saying goes, it takes all kinds.

  17. KevinNevada says:

    Bluthner:

    that book does help, I suppose. I read it many years ago.

    Sagan was very good at explaining these things.

    The best way to model the size of the universe, in numbers we can comprehend – sort of – is to state two facts:
    (1) There are about 400 billion stars in this average-size home galaxy of ours.
    (2) We now know, there are more galaxies than that.

    (3), As a chaser, most of them are larger galaxies than this one.

    None of the religions of the Middle East, the Abrahamic faiths, have a clue as to how to think about this. The Hindus do.

  18. NatashaFatale says:

    If you want to grasp a grade-school fraction of deep time, Dawkins’ The Ancestors’ Tale is pretty good. (I mean, it’s downright great, but also pretty good at dazzling the reader with very long stretches of barely thinkable time.)

  19. NatashaFatale says:

    But I don’t know of anything that comes close to conveying a sense of deep space (not counting a couple/three books by John Barrow that casually explain why such a sense has been programed out of us). Hell, I can’t even think of a spatial equivalent to the Ring Cycle.

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