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    The Wall/Shutdown Fire? Look over here in the smoke


    And . . .


    Don't overlook Manafort's notes from the Trump Tower meeting...



    Follow this thread... twitter.com/jedshug/status/1082670785980968962

    Trump Shutdown Will End When...

    How will the shutdown end? Job action, sick in, strike, walk-out by enough of the federal workforce to slow functions of their department or agency, and create a crisis for the airlines, the federal prisons, the IRS, the federal courts, food safety inspections, NASA, CDC..?..you name it. Your guess is as good as mine. Trump doesn't know or care about what the 800,000 federal workers do. He doesn't care about them or their families.

    Returning Appropriated Art to Africa, the French Debate

    A recent report commissioned by Macron advises that art pilfered from the African continent and placed in French museums be returned to their home countries. Obviously, this view does not sit well with many French museum curators. To get a different perspective, the New York Times interviewed three Africans in the arts about the possible impact of the report.


    Trump: I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he essentially "fired" former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, criticizing the outgoing defense chief's service in the Marine Corps and his two years leading the Defense Department.

    "What's he done for me? How had he done in Afghanistan? Not too good," Trump said at a Cabinet meeting... "As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I," he explained to reporters, contradicting an earlier statement.

    Finally free to appropriate to the max

    Made me want to read her work

    Trump: A Petulant, Spiteful, Incurious Ignoramus

    WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Sunday that he would remove Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who issued a stinging rebuke of the president when he announced his resignation last week, from his post by Jan. 1, two months before he had planned to depart.

    "One aide said that though Mr. Trump already had the resignation letter when he praised Mr. Mattis, he did not understand just how forceful a rejection of his strategy Mr. Mattis had issued."

    One problem with partisanship

    Posting this because it made me think. Dagbloggers for the most part are great on sticking to the policies they favor no matter who is supporting them . But it gets at how partisan hatred, or hatred for one man or woman, does have the tendency to blind:

    And will get no credit from the left AT ALL. https://t.co/I3wnvL0pEk

    Wakanda Mess is This

    Forever 21 is marketing a new sweater with the Black Panther logo.

    This is the model, presented via Twitter.

    Social media responded bringing holiday cheer. The tweet rapidly disappeared.





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    Roy Moore is no longer 'hot news', to say the least.

    Recently I was reminded of an older interview with this Alabama embarrassment by a recent interview with our current presidential embarrassment.

    When Affirmative Action was White

    We had a recent discussion on the programs of the New Deal, how 'race neutral' the legislation was, passing with strong support from the southern Jim Crow states. This fact leading to some suspicion as to it's intended impacts on minority populations.

    Was it, in fact, a progressive policy primarily aimed at whites, not generally disenfranchised blacks? The book below argues the New Deal and programs like the GI Bill not only were not race neutral, they actually increased the economic and educational inequality of blacks and whites, in effect, they were "affirmative action" for whites. In the book the author argues that the gap created has not yet been remedied (2006).

    When You Lose an Ammon Bundy, is the Con Dying?


    Ammon is the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, who was the central figure of the 2014 Bundy standoff regarding unpaid grazing fees on federally-owned public land.

    Mississippi Lord Mississippi

    Mike Espy is now in a runoff in the Mississippi Senate race. The fact that Espy is in a tight race in Mississippi is just as amazing as the Governor’s races in Florida and Georgia. The white Republican candidate exposed the GOP, once again, as the political party that remains entrenched in what it considers the good old days. The Republican Senatorial candidate referred to lynching


    The French Who Never Learned German

    President Donald Trump today:

    Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not! @realDonaldTrump

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    I do not wish to hold myself out as an intellectual.

    The best I can say is that over the last six decades I have read stuff.

    'Sickness Unto Death' is a phrase that has stuck with me over those decades.

    This phrase became a title of a book from Soren Kierkegaard, 

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    Bearing the burden of incompetence

    Cast your mind back to the furor that surrounded the aborted promotion of Doctor Ronny to VA administrator, a brouhaha which echoed recently as Jon Tester felt the (impotent) sting of Trump's continuing sulk.


    Along with the vacancies that have made swiss cheese of the diplomatic corps, it emerges that the VA is replete with unfilled, yet essential, jobs.


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    Let us hope that the musical theme for tonight will be:

    Worth a reminder: Almost all violent extremists share one thing: their gender

    Article @ The Guardian from April of by Michael Kimmel  who is the author of Guyland and Angry White Men. He directs the center for the study of men and masculinities at New York's Stony Brook University:

    Almost all violent extremists share one thing: their gender

    Most people who commit acts of terrorist violence are young men. We overlook their gender to our peril

    Failed attempt


    The top line is what 538 reported sunday. Where there  is a second line that is what 538 reported today.

    All  data is for the Senate unless marked   HO


                 Pollster      Number                                                                                                                        ................................polled 


    Mining the 538 data


    Nov 3      St.Peter's polls          N 48; 49                                                                                               .............. Harris                         46;  48 

    Nov 2        Harris                    N  45;  50                                                                                                     ...............Vox populi                    50  50

    538's Sunday and Morning am data

    Following is 538's Sunday data followed by this Morning's numbers if any. If there wasn't a report yesterday

    I've posted the Monday data at the bottom.

                      Pollster             Number                                                                                                                                 ______              polled 




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