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Another football Sunday has come and gone, with mixed results for yours truly.

The Giants won, hanging on by the skin of their teeth to defeat the Iggles of Brotherly Luv. Gifted with an early 14-0 lead by two Carson Wentz INTs, they still almost managed to blow it. Eli threw his own INT just when it looked as if Big Blue was about to put the game away, but fortunately the defense saved him. Biggest worry coming out of the game was an injury to Victor Cruz, which I hated to see. He's one of my favorite players. I hope he's back next week.

The Jets, meanwhile, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After trailing for most of the game, they seemed poised to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Fitz throw a devastating pick in the end zone. Yet somehow they managed to get the ball back, and this time Fitz redeemed himself, tossing the go-ahead touchdown. But the joy did not last for long. On the ensuing kickoff, the Dolphins ran the ball all the way back for a TD, and that was that. Gang Green now has as many losses as they did all last year. The season is effectively over. Bryce Petty looked pretty good in the short stretch they had him in after Fitz got clocked. I hope we get to see more of him in the game to come. Much as I like Fitz, we have to start thinking about the future.

On other fronts...

The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check 538 about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news. Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.

Oh, and speaking of that: the Trump PACs have rolled out two new television ads in New Mexico this weekend. Both attack ads, natch. One is a cartoon with animated Bill and Hillary characters rolling up to the White House unpacking boxes of scandals. The other features an actress badly made up to be Hillary, in wig and pants suit, destroying phones and hard drives with hammers, drills, chain saws, and the like. Both ads are stupid and offensive, and both confirm and underline the main point I made in my "Simple Observation" post. Hillary's ads feature real footage of the real Donald J. Trump saying the things he really said. These Trumps ads, on the other hand, have to resort to cartoons and over-the-top impersonators because they can't actually find any real footage of Hillary saying or doing anything reprehensible, comparable to the stuff Trump has said.

I cannot possible imagine that any actual voters will be swayed by this stuff. "Hell, damn, I'm going to vote for Trump, did you see what Cartoon Hillary was doing?" But what the hell. Even Honest Abe admitted that you could fool some of the people all of the time...

I'm still excited about Emily St. John Mandel coming to the Jean Cocteau tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood, come join us.

The crowds at Meow Wolf of late have been astounding. Since we first opened in late March, more than 300,000 people have visited the House of Eternal Return. It's become one of Santa Fe's premiere attractions, and I am so pleased to have played my small part in creating it.

Oh, and last night Parris and I went to see DOCTOR STRANGE at the Violet Crown (in part to escape the crowds seeing TRUMPLAND at the JCC). 'twas fun. As many of you know, I'm a Marvel fanboy from way back, and Doctor Strange was probably my favorite single character... well, him or Spider-Man, both drawn by Steve Ditko, whose art I loved. (I say single character because I always loved the group books as well, the FF and Avengers and X-Men). How much did I love Doctor Strange? Well, let me just say, one of the characters I wrote for the comic book fanzines of the 60s was called Doctor Weird, so...

The movie is NOT the best Marvel superhero movie, as I was hoping it would be... it's more middle of the pack, I'd say... but it looked great, did justice to the character, and had some scenes that were downright Ditko-esque. Of course, they had the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. Now, if they had managed to include a Steve Ditko cameo, that would really have been something. (Yes, I know, I know). I do hope that Ditko saw at least a little money out of this. He was a genius in his own way, and Doc would never have been half as interesting without Ditko's unique and idiosyncratic vision.


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Maximilian Rubell
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
Moment of truth!!! With both Jets and Giants in the same time slot, which one did you watch live??

As a Jets fan living in daily agony, I wouldn't fault you for picking Giants.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
I watched both, recoring them with TiVo and going back and forth.
Dawn Marshall-Hosier
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:21 am (UTC)
Words of insight, observation and determination - you Ser, are a Marvel. I share your anxieties and hope for our country. On Election Day, I will be spending the day in a movie theater with Dr Strange after I vote for HRC.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
Political Opinion
Hey George. It's very easy for you celebrities in Hollywood and famous people like you to give your opinions on who to vote for. I mean, you are unimaginably wealthy. The outcome of who will become the next president will most likely not affect you since you live your life in luxury and out of touch from the majority of the American people. However, the outcome of who will become President will affect almost all of the people of this country.

For example if Mrs. Clinton wins, she will most likely bring over the Syrian refugees fleeing from the vicious Civil Wars that are going on in the Middle East. Those refugees will likely go to live in many inner cities across the U.S. Of course, you will not be affected by this because I imagine you are nice and comfortable with your current status.

Overall, I just wanted to say that I am too sick and tired of this election and can't wait for it be over.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
You know who else is famous, unimaginably wealthy and will most likely not be affected in his life in luxury and out of touch from the majority of the American people?

Yeah, Donald Trump.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
Have you already watched the 3rd season of Black Mirror? In case not, and you can't sleep at all, you're gonna love it.

In face I wish you'd have enough free time to write an episode of it. It's gonna be the Twilight Zone of this generation.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Unsettling that even someone with the option to live in a rich and detailed fantasy world (albeit one where winter is coming) would be so engaged in our election. (Fear not: I am reliably informed that Frodo will destroy the Ring.)

Nice to hear of Parris.
Brad Thomas
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)

My Colts finally showed some signs of life tonight. But I think it was more the Packers having an off night than the Colts doing well. I hear ya loud and clear on the election George. My anxiety has been through the roof these last three months. I can't stand the thought of that sociopath Trump as President. And cmon man, Trump isn't worth being suicidal over. Nothing you or I can do about it other than vote. I hope you get some sleep! I have to take Benadryl once in a while haha.

Nov. 7th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah I can't wait for the election to be over. I think I would rather go to a wedding in Westeros than suffer through another few days of this shit show of an election. I don't know how it could possibly get any worse.

As for my thoughts on Doctor Strange. Glad you enjoyed it. I saw it a few days ago and I liked it. I thought it was visually interesting, Benedict Cumberbatch was great as Strange, so was Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen. If I had any problems with it it seemed a little to familiar with some of the other movies Marvel has put out in terms of story and some of the supporting characters seemed a little bland to me.

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Nov. 7th, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)
Euron versus Cersei
Just because Hillary Clinton hasn't said a whole lot of horrible things in public doesn't mean she hasn't DONE a whole lot of horrible things. The problem is that all of the horrible things she and president Obama have done are things that Donald Trump would ALSO have done – like going to war in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, or deporting millions of people from the United States using night raids and indefinite detention – so he can't use them against her.

In other words, Donald Trump may be Euron Greyjoy, but that doesn't mean Hillary Clinton isn't Cersei Lannister. I don't want EITHER of them to sit the Iron Throne.
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:39 am (UTC)
RE: Euron versus Cersei
If you are going to compare real politicians to fictional characters, try to choose them more accurately than Trump = Euron and Clinton = Cercei. There are no characters in the ASOIAF universe for this situation. It's like the Joker VS Carmine Falcone, and if you can't figure out that Trump is the Joker then I've got nothing for you.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)
If only there were a chimaera candidate...
Your post addressing the "no difference" arguments re: HRC/Trump made me think of Robb and Tywin/Roose. At the end of the day, HRC is a hawkish imperialist convinced of American righteousness who is FAR more likely to plunge the country and world into mass conflagration than Trump, notwithstanding his bellicose and vile demeanor. It's kinda like Robb, the character structurally positioned as a "good guy" who pursues war (and is cheered on by most readers) because he thinks it's "right" and honorable, damning untold thousands to death, starvation, rape, deprivation, etc., directly or indirectly, while Tywin and Roose engineer the Red Wedding, which for all its terribleness at least mitigates the mass privation and misery of the smallfolk by bringing the war to a close.

And how is Robb put in the position he's in?

Because of the choice (a la vote) Ned made at Lyanna's behest: for the supposedly "surefire" greater good of House, Family, The North and Westeros, disinherit Brandon (and Aerys's?) nasty, proven-to-be war-causing wolfblood and usurp Winterfell for Ned and his children... only to have the whole thing come undone when that prickly Tully blood whose wrath the entire thing was engineered in part to avoid bit 'em in the ass after all.

If only there were I Chimaera candidate...
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: If only there were a chimaera candidate...
I assure you that Tywin/Roose were not thinking of the common folk when they decided to do what is basically an assassination covert op to take out the leadership. They were thinking of a faster way of securing their power.
Seriously, using fictional characters as analogies for real life is not a good idea EXCEPT when said fictional characters are a clear allegory of something that happened in real life and comparing ASoIaF to current real world politics, belittles, in my opinion, the work of Mr. Martin.

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Nov. 7th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
The broader story is not about who wins
Unfortunately, the winner of the P. race will not be able to diminish the forces that are plaguing our society. Although it's obvious one of the two could do more harm than good. Two fringe candidates (Trump and Sanders) from opposite parties did well this cycle b/c of secular forces which have been at play for decades and which will continue for decades. Globalization and the modern financial system have ensured losses of jobs in developed economies while keeping inflation low (for goods, not services). The problem is that net worth trends in the US (as published every three years by the Fed) show a stagnation in wealth for the middle class in the last decade or longer. The top 25% (called the "mass affluent" by some) have benefited from being owners - of stocks, real estate, etc while the middle bought into false dreams and hopes, using credit to fool themselves into thinking they were wealthier than they really were. This will not change regardless of the outcome. At the heart of this election is a financial crisis which has been eroding wealth and dignity of a significant portion of the population. Some call this a "frog in a pot" problem. There is tremendous irony in hiring a failed businessman to attempt to remedy a problem caused by many smart and successful businessmen. Since we have become a country of, by and for corporations, it is only appropriate we hire a CEO-in-Chief, isn't it?
Jeremy Frank
Nov. 7th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
Meow Wolf
Thank you so much for helping to create and support Meow Wolf. I went there with my mom back in July and we were both blown away. I've been very lucky in my life and have seen most of the major museums in the western hemisphere. Meow Wolf was a more engaging, more singular experience than any of them.
Nov. 7th, 2016 04:30 am (UTC)
Check out Sam Wang and the PEC. That might make you feel better. Nate's including a lot of momentum in his polls so that's why they seem to fluctuate more.

I say Hillary gets it with around 340 and that she squeaks out a win in Ohio.

Also can we all just agree that Hillary isn't Cersei? This has to be the most tired and sexist thing ever. There are so many characters that would make more sense - Stannis, Tywin, Cat, Olenna - to name a few. The Cersei thing just boils down to "evil blondes I hate" as Cersei and Hillary have nothing in common beyond being blonde women. It's like insisting that Obama is Jalabhar Xho because they're both black.
Nov. 7th, 2016 09:45 am (UTC)
Considering how misogynistic Trump is, he's more like Cersei.
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Andrew Heid
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)

I just want to thank you for the commentary on the politics. I was quite happy to see you're liberal leaning and speak out about it. I voted early and am modestly happy with my choices - albeit some of the democrats I voted for I had to scratch my head over.

Thanks for being a pretty good person and a good author. Excited to read more of your work!
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:27 am (UTC)
Hillary will win, no doubt of that. Trump is doing everything for her to get into the White House.

But honestly, they both are candidates of such a low quality it hurts. The only rivals they can beat is each other. Would it be someone else on either side, neither one of this duo had a chance.
Nov. 7th, 2016 09:28 am (UTC)
This ignores the reality that both Trump and Hillary beat many other candidates to win their respective primaries. I'm no Trump fan but he gamed the system well to come out on top and that needs to be acknowledged unless we want a slicker Trump to win next time.

And Hillary did beat Bernie and no it wasn't because of catty DNC emails. It was because Bernie's team stupidly ignored Obama's 2008 success and instead ran a campaign like it was 1996 and white men were still the most important demographic. Bernie wasted time in Iowa that would have been better spent in South Carolina.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
Query regarding 2 editing mistakes in A Game of Thrones book
I am posting this on your blog because I cant send a private message to you on live journal. So dont let this message appear on your blog. I will post it. You can just read it and prevent it from appearing through moderation.

I just found these two lines
“Brandon. Yes. Brandon would know what to do. He always did. It was all meant for Brandon. You, Winterfell, everything. He was born to be a King’s Hand and a father to queens. I never asked for this cup to pass to me.”
Why is ned saying father to queens rather than father to "a queen". Like that makes more sense does it not? He is making sansa a queen, so how is queens coming in it?

Another line which struck me as odd is this one
“You,” Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, “will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon.”

Like there is only one king,right? And that is getting married to Sansa? So is like Ned expecting Joffrey to get assasinated? I guess this is an editing mistake to. Should it not be a high lord?
If these are editing mistakes, please do make the changes.

If they are something else (like foreshadowing), then dont spoil me by letting me know. I can keep secrets but it is always wise to "trust no one".

That said, I would be really happy if it is foreshadowing lol. It fits so well with the title song of ice and fire. Jon as revealed by the show is the son of Rhaegar(Fire) and Lyanna(Ice). So he is ice and fire. . If he marries Dany(fire) then he must marry Sansa or Arya(Ice) for balance sake. Arya seems to be among the few characters who genuinely cares for the smallfolk and there is irony in someone like her ending up as queen when it is something she least expects and thinks is for Sansa.
Nov. 7th, 2016 07:21 am (UTC)

As much as politics is dominating opinions at the moment, there is a more pressing issue here: what are your top 5 favourite Marvel movies?

Nov. 7th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... have to think about that one. Certainly the second Spider-Man would be up there. The Doc Ock one with Toby McGuire, the Garfield Spideys are much weaker. And I loved Ant-Man. Oh, the first Iron Man was great as well. After that, I'm less certain.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
The Election
I'm not particularly concerned about Hillary winning. I think it's firmly within her grasp, and right now everyone (even, unfortunately, 538) are pushing a horse race narrative to keep the views up. However, I don't think Trump will go away, unfortunately, in fact, I expect his concession to be ugly, I expect the aftermath to be absolutely devastating to the political landscape. Trump has revealed America's id, and it is exactly as nasty and brutish as I thought it would be.

Also my Cards are on a bye, so hopefully they come back next week energized, and the Seahawks fall to the Bills. Rooting for the Giants to make a run though, I would like to see Eli get another ring, just to hang one up on Peyton (which is weird, because I like Peyton).
Nov. 7th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
Doctor Strange was a great film. Not the best, but the MCU has high standards. I hope TWOW is going well, but I know now must be very stressful. I'm British and was upset when we had to cope with Farage's lies causing our own Greyjoy Rebellion, but it must be worse for the US with the fear of this election's answer to Euron. It looks like the demagoguery of those Cleons (I read Aristophanes) is the path to success now. It does amaze me that anybody could support that monster... and I hate people comparing the honourable, efficient, letting Wildlings in, comes down on war criminals, isn't a sex offender Stannis Baratheon to Trump, whose demagoguery and denial of the past resembles Euron Greyjoy.
Nov. 7th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
You would feel suicidal, really, why? It's not your fault. You change hearts and minds through your work, it's really as much as anyone can expect of you, even yourself.

You voted, you urged others to vote, if Trump wins it's democracy. I honestly doubt he would be that bad, ineffective maybe, but not apocalyptic. From the Democrats' point of view I think he will be better than vanilla Republican, let alone some conservative ideologue.

Ads fulfill their purpose, people want to vote Trump, they have their reasons, problem for them is that Trump makes it so damn hard to do so, any justification can do the trick.

Benjamin Saffir
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
Trump Related Stress
As if we needed another reason to dislike Trump, he's distracting George RR Martin! Boo!

Helping TWOW come to shelves quickly should be a bipartisan priority. Shame on you Donald!
Jose Sarmento
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
why no more candidates?
As a non-US citizen, I am intrigued by this: could there have been OTHER (additional) non-party-affiliated candidates?

I mean, is there legal provision for other parties, or independent candidates, to apply and have a space in the voting ballot? (if only they could match weight/resources with the established parties etc.)

Or must there always be one Democrat, one Republican, and a binary choice of "you must vote for Hilary if you don't want Trump" enforced where it really wouldn't be desirable?
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: why no more candidates?
Oh, there are plenty of other choices on the ballot. Here in New Mexico, I think we had like seven or eight choices for president. Clinton and Trump were there, but so were Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Evan McMullin, and two or three even more obscure choices.

The third party (and fourth party, fifth party, sixth party, etc) candidates don't get the coverage, don't have money for television ads, and don't get in the debates, however, so they really have no chance of winning.

I might also add the observation that none of these are really parties. To build a viable political party, you start from the bottom, not the top. "All politics are local." Fielding a presidential candidate every four years will not do it. Just looking at the NM ballot, aside from the presidential race, there was no evidence of the Greens or the Libertarians. No congressional candidates, no one running for state senate, no candidates for secretary of state, county clerk, county commissioner, etc.

Nov. 7th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
My concern is Hillary's numerous incidents of corruption and poor judgment, which have plenty of evidence to back them up (if you dig through the dominant discourse of the media).

Trump may have his flaws, but I believe he is the much better candidate. I also believe that Mike Pence would make an excellent VP.

Before the other thread was frozen, I was going to add some Trump policy points. I will do so here. While most people here may strongly disagree with me, I'm here to say that there is an intelligent rationale for the other side. It is important to consider both sides of a debate, however strongly you feel about the issue.

•Securing the US-Mexico border. This would put a stop to the black market trade of gangs, drugs, money and guns which strengthens the cartels and MS13 and is destructive to everyone else.

•Reforming immigration. Trump wants to keep criminals out, while streamlining legal immigration so that immigrants who want to contribute don't get stuck in long waiting periods and red tape.

•Taking the fight to ISIL. ISIL is a terrorist army destabilizing a whole region and radicalizing people around the world, while committing every sort of war crime. We should deal with them decisively.

•Repealing Common Core. This is a great idea, as Common Core is a terrible experiment in education for numerous reasons.

•Reforming Obamacare for lower cost and higher quality, and allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines.

•Reforming and streamlining the tax system. Trump would set up 3 brackets (12%, 25%, 33%), set deductions for childcare, and he wouldn't excessively tax the rich (which would drive away capital investment).

•Greater domestic security. Trump wants to get civil disorder under control. relating to this,

•Mental health services. Many violent incidents are the result of mental health problems, which would be addressed.
Nov. 7th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
Serious Reply
Since you have made a serious attempt at policy positions, I will give you a serious reply:

Scandal: Ms. Clinton's "scandals" have been reviewed by the media many times The New York Times in particular goes after the Clintons. Nothing has come of it because out side of conspiracy web sites no evidence of wrong doing is forthcoming (and she turned over her tax returns...)

Pence is a zealot for the relgious right.

Everyone wants a more secure border easier said then done (a wall won't work). Currently we have no net immagration (legal or illegal from Mexico) nor are gangs or drugs problems caused just by Mexico. As to guns they are smuggled FROM the US TO Mexico to get around their guns laws - not vice versa.

The Republican Congress blocks all immigration reform (W. Bush tried). Everyone wants to keep the criminals out - thats a goal not a policy - and progressives have tried to stream line legal immigration for years - blocked by congress.

ISIL is being beaten on the battlefield by Iraq with US aid (about 5K troops). This is the proper strategy not sending masses of US troops (resented by locals and undermining the necessary self reliance of local forces). They are being dealt with - it takes time and good strategy - not polictical hot air to beat them.

Common Core was started by the States (not Feds) to improve education standards. In my home state, Georgia, we spend money on education only wehen politicians are forced to by needing to meet standards. Lowering standards means my kids in public schools get a lower standard of education.

Trump wants to repeal ObamaCare not reform it (he has not actual replacement plan). My nephew has a pre-exiting condition and get insurance only because of ObamaCare. Everyone wants lower costs and better care - again your stating goals not means. If Trump has better health care system let him and the Congress pass it first - before burning down ObamaCare.

The tax system needs reform. It benefits crony capaitalists (like Trump). Trickle down has never worked. Income inequality is our number one economic problem, Trump's solution will make this worse by reducing taxes on the rich now used for education and infrastructure - which helps those trying to move up. Repealing the Estate tax will help only the rich and increase the deficet. Tax rates on the rich were much higher in the 50s a period of tremendous captial investment.

Domestic security tends to mean annoying those you don't like. Crimes has fallen steadily in the US for years. Domestic terror is much less than in Europe and many other countries with authoritarian leaders. What civil disorder? Protesters? No we don't need a US Putin.

Mental health services take money. Esp from the States. But as they are often not run by progressives little is done. How would mental health issues be addressed? Lock them up? Rehab programs? Mental health facilties? Paid for by...? Taxes - which he plans to lower?

Listing goals is not the same as stating methods to achieve them. Let alone how to pay for all this and lower taxes.

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Nov. 7th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Pugh and Cruz injuries are scary.
Pro Football Focus had Pugh rated as the top Guard in the NFL. He will probably need an MRI. Likely out a while at best. Cruz xray as negative. Has low ankle sprain which isnt that bad, but he may miss time. Pugh may be done for the year. We really need Cruz. No running game. TEs are "eh".

Good news. PFF rated Justin Pughs replacement at 91 which is an elite rating. The highest rated guy on defense was our third string free safety Adams. Berhe is bak, but got beat deep early. Darian Thompsons has to see a specialist. Not good. So we need Adams and Berhe. I think Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins are headed to the Pro Bowl.

Giants either need to just five up on the run or change run plays. This isnt working.

My money is on Tony Romo being the Jets QB next year. Its a Jets thing to do.

Nov. 7th, 2016 03:45 pm (UTC)
You are right; it is time to see what Petty can do with a full week's gameplan. I got to see him in person a few years back when Baylor slaughtered my UB Bulls and he really looked impressive; pretty good velocity, nice footwork, and really great spin on the ball. The question has always been whether he can translate his talent into a pro-style offense. There is only one way to truly find out.

This team is really not far from putting it all together. They need a QB that realizes that 3 points is better than an interception... Fitz CANNOT throw that late pick in the end zone. Game-costing decision; take the sack or throw it away. There is LOADS of young talent on the defensive side of the ball. The WR's are very formidable even tho they are missing Decker a lot right now. A good draft class with a starter or two and some cog pieces and this team is not far away from competing in what will eventually become a winnable division... Once Tom Brady retires that is.
Nov. 7th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
Attack Ads
According to my local news this morning since NC is a battleground state, tonight, before tomorrow's election both parties will be airing TWO MINUTE ads several times during prime time viewing hours.

Two minutes to try to convince those who are still unsure that each of them are the right choice for America.

Two minutes to try to change the mind of those who think they already know who they are voting for.

Two minutes to attack each other, or to build up their own tarnished images.

Two minutes that many will brush off or change the channel since they have already heard it all before.

Or it could be two minutes of spewing out "facts" that aren't actually facts (if it is a Trump commercial) or two minutes of trying to speak reason to people (if it is a Clinton commercial).

That is what it feels like this whole election comes down to. Two minutes. So much is on the line here and it seems like half the states have lost sight of what would really happen if Trump wins. I don't like Hillary, but I'd rather take email scandal over the piles of things that Trump has done and is going to court for right after the election. I don't want my daughter to grow up as a second class citizen just because she is female (that's where this seems to go, I mean Trump Jr basically said he would like to repeal the 19th amendment that allows women to vote!) It seems they are pushing so hard and so blindly that I'm sure years from now some reporter will ask Mr Trump about his running for president and he will look directly to the reporter and say
"I never did that."

On another note...
For those who early voted shouldn't there be a way to block these ads?

Oh, I can't wait to see Dr Strange. Hoping to catch it over the next weekend, glad to hear it was great.
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