Let me straighten you out about a coupla things.


    Nov 1 2016        4.9             Jan 1   2007     4.6

    Jan 1 2016         4.9                         2006     4.7 

     Jan 1 2015         5.7                         2005      5.3

    Jan 1 2014         6.6                         2004      5.7

    Jan 1 2013         8.0                         2003      5.8 

    Jan 1 2012         8.3                         2002       5.7 

    Jan 1 2011         9.1                         2001       4.2   

    Jan 1 2010        9.8                          2000        4.0


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    US unemployment rate

    Sept  2016

    Jan 2016

    Jan 2015

    Jan 214

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    The President Trump silver lining!! I've found it!


    OK, this silver lining is really of importance only to those who fear that they might outlive the ability of their brain vesicles to sweep out beta amyloid protein when they sleep.


    The children's crusade. Again

    We did nothing wrong. Except  failing to persuade 600 Floridians that it was  not a great  idea to

    vote Nader in 2000. ( When will we ever learn? ). But because of that we got:


    -A continuation of Alan Greenspan's loopy version of Ayn Rand economics

    -The completely avoidable sub prime bubble

    -Followed by the then unavoidable 2008

    -Followed by Paulson kneeling before Nancy Polosi pleading for her to do the right

        thing, and save the country from disaster about to be created by his own party.

    Blaming the Victim

    Something's happened to America and the underdog, the underclass, the victim.

    My father who died this year grew up in the Great Depression, so passed on the stories of his youth - Horatio Alger rags-to-riches stories, people who survived by their wits and hard work. This included his father who lost more than one fortune but when times were tough could always return to farming, the land.

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    Can Americans Sue Comey?

    My sister just texted me that she thinks Hillary should sue Comey.  I responded that Hillary should just enjoy her life doing whatever will make her happy, and not get into the dirt of any lawsuit.   

    Then I began thinking about who was really damaged by his actions, and half of the country was.  I haven't been able to find anything on the possibility of having a Class Action lawsuit against him for the aggrieved parties.  I realize that it would be impossible if he had followed protocols, but he didn't, and even went against his boss's verbal instructions not to do what he did.

    Trumps Real Reality Show Begins

    Trump has blocked traditional press access normal for a President-elect.

    Trump has not responded to congratulations from foreign leaders, often cautious in nature, like Angela Merkels:

    “Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views,” she said in a statement, adding: “I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.”

    Trumps problem is a very serious one.

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    Hi Daggers? Or Dagsters? Or umm, okay whatever you want to be called. 

    First, I love you all, we've all fought tooth and nails over the years, and it's been fun sometimes and other times horrible, maybe because I mostly like you all. So right now I am not going to give into fear, I'm not going to relive this election either. What happened has happened. It sucks so much. But we need to move forward and quickly.

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    Remembering An Unlikely Soldier

    My father, Michael William “Brother Mike” Gural, was a pacifist humanist. But being born into abject poverty to factory worker immigrant parents in Newark, NJ., in 1926, he enlisted as a Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer with Army Serial #12102416 at Ft.

    2018 and repealing Afrocare

    After losing sleep and bouncing off walls for two days I am ready to fight back against Trump---to think about 2018 and beyond. Fighting back means getting the brain to avoid its propensity for "story" and focusing on facts and action plans. Trump can achieve big parts of his non-economy agenda through executive action and getting his nominee(s} confirmed in the Senate. Conservative judges will appease a large part of the religious right but not to suffer reverses in 2018 and beyond he has to deliver both additional red meat to his base plus economic success to everyone else. Obviously he can deliver red meat easily. But if he overdoes, and especially if he doesn't deliver on the economic front, 2018 might not be a cake walk for him and Republicans. 

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    Scarface for C in C.

    As we are now obliged to parse with renewed urgency the ravings generated over 16 months by Queens' favorite son, of early and impactful note is his call for the revenge murder of the children of terrorists.





    The 3rd Party Factor

         Difference     Jill + Gary                             Electoral Votes
    PA    68,000      192,000 (+21,000 Other)               20
    MI    12,000       223,000 (+19,000 Other)              16
    FL   120,000      270,000 (+ 25,000 Other)             29
    AZ    85,000         99,000                                        11
    GA 231,000     124,000
    NM +65,000      84,000
    NC 178,000     128,000
    NH   +2,500       37,000
    MN  +44,000    150,000
    IA   148,000       68,000  (+ 25,000 Other)

    Hating people sucks

    I don't hate anyone except the  monsters who lynch or torture.I don't hate Trump,  wall street bankers or racists.Of any color .Naturally there  are black racists as well as white ones . (And  of course it's easier to understand why a black would be one. )

    But  even the white racists I know  would dive  into a pond to rescue a drowning black. The same I'm sure is  true of any of the blacks I know. I don't write of  "even the black racists I know" because I don't  personally know any.

    White Lives Matter

    As we were fretting whether 88% vs 92% of blacks would vote, we missed out on the "missing white vote". Ridiculous as Trump asking black voters to vote for him, he asked - directly if not obscenely.

    Sure, we tackled issues that affected white lives, but we didn't directly address "hey you, over there, I'm talking to you".

    We have advocacy for blacks, Hispanics, LGBT, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and so on. But advocacy for white Protestants, or "Evangelicals" always takes on the tone of talking to the Klan, an implicit distaste and condemnation.

    A couple of numbers

     As of 5pm 11/09

    Popular votes

    Trump                  59,588,437

     Hillary                 59,794,373

    Her lead                   205,936

    Still counting  but there aren't enough uncounted votes  for him to catch her

     Electoral College

    Trump             279   (takes 270 to win)

     Hillary            228

    State of Michigan 

    Trump               2,279,210

    Hillary                2,267,373

    His Michigan lead   11,837

    And OBTW

    Jill Stein                  68 686

    Is It All Hillary's Fault?

    Hillary certainly has to bear the responsibility for her loss. But is it true that if only Sanders or Biden or anybody else would have won? In almost every state, whether she won or lost, she out performed the down ballot state races. NH is too close to call but the republican easily picked up the governorship. AZ is still too close to call but McCain beat Kirkpatrick by 12 points. Even in IL where both Hillary and Duckworth won Hillary's margin of victory was larger than Duckworth's. Hillary outperformed Feingold in WI. Hillary out performed Barksdale in GA.

    Wed Morning: The New Nothing

    The lesson of Brexit - the grudge candidate doesn't have to offer anything real, just the role of representing those with an axe to grind - he can represent more than 1 incompatible causes.

    All Hillary's policy papers are useless - the people never cared, they didn't want details, they didn't want to know if it would even work. They wanted to feel someone was listening to them. Hillary halfway got there, but she kept shifting to answers, solutions - they just wanted a slavish advocate. Be clear: everything she did to make things more concrete hurt her. Trump could say anything and everything, in 1 sentence, and it didn't hurt him, while her details just provided more fodder to attack. Okay, even where he was specific they didn't care. You know how Bad Boys are - they can do anything.

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    When the Sun Rises Up Will Be Down and Down Will Be Up


    Talk about turning the world on it's head...





    Election Day (Night) Thoughts

    My kid convinced me to hit a café at 3 or 4 am to watch whatever results roll in. Will be a brutal day tomorrow, but a memorable experience, so....

    16 years ago I had a 2-day trip to a conference, and spent all evening in the hotel calling home, fretting over the results that kept changing... and then for the next 2 weeks... and then it was over. #NeverAgain

    Saw a Bill Kristol piece talking about his pride in #NeverTrump. As the voting statistics roll in with Republican and Democratic votes close to even, I still wonder how much #NeverTrump is baked into the GOP side. I'd doubt there are that many people going to vote for Trump just cause they hate Hillary - stay home, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, McMullin....

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    How a Feisty Woman Fends Off Smears and Dirty Tricks: Channeling Geraldine Ferraro for Hillary Clinton

    I remember watching and reading campaign and election coverage in 1984, and believing that Geraldine Anne Ferraro would become the first female vice president of the United States. Growing up in liberal Western Massachusetts, I had no reason to doubt it would happen. If not with Walter Mondale’s campaign, then in another four years we’d have a woman VEEP. Over the years, I grew increasingly confused by how our country seemed to tread backwards, as if Ferraro’s rise to prominence was just some blip in the system. As a 13-year-old in 1984, I never imagined that I’d have to wait until I had a child of my own to see a woman president.

    “The polls indicated that I was feisty, that I was tough, that I had a sense of humor, but they weren't quite sure if they liked me and they didn't know whether or not that I was sensitive,” Ferraro said after the defeat.

    I guess today’s feisty woman is nasty.

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    Live Election blogging with the one and only Dick Day...

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    It Takes a Village (to elect a pres)

    Short post, but I'm amazed by the ground game, the well- cultivated coalitions with the black community (yes, they're voting), the new Hispanic powerhouse, females everywhere, and a lot of old familiar faces.

    The 650K emails Huma's computer never had

    A minor point compared to tomorrow's importance, but before losing sight of it.

    Remember during the interval between Comey's Oct 28 Huma email announcement and Sunday's

    "clarification " there were estimates floating around that the FBI would have to search hundreds of thousands of emails.


    I blogged here last week that the number had to be under 30,000. We haven't yet been  given the true number . Which is OK . Least said on the topic the better.Tonight. But Comey must release it sometime.

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    Soi Disant Genius won't be President-world markets rocket up


    Can there be anymore delicious finale to Deadbeat Donald's ill-advised adventure into politics than the resounding repudiation publicly being even now delivered by the world's captains of finance assembled/


    That, more or less, is what is underway as the "Trump relief rally" is on it's second day snapping a whip-wave around the world.


    It began in Asia at 8 pm EST, probably as the punditry pondered and pronounced re: "Comey stands down".  



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