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This, That, and t'Other Thing

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.


Nov. 7th, 2016 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm very uneasy at how many people don't seem to be able to see the vast gulf in awfulness that separates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The former is a compromised politician. Could she be fairly called greedy? Yes. Could she be called a war hawk? Yes. Could she be fairly called cynical and uninspiring and corrupt? Sure.

Is she an existential threat to American democracy and the post-World War II global order? No.

Trump is such a danger. He is to Clinton as cancer is to the flu; you don't really want either, but if you're genuinely not certain which is preferable you're out of your mind.
Nov. 7th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
I tend to think Trump's danger to the World Order is overestimated (although I truly despise him as a person). The USA are not Weimar Republic, there're mechanisms to check the actions of a president.

Anyways, I'm a Canadian, so my opinion is irrelevant here. This is just a point of view from sidelines.
Nov. 7th, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely certain I prefer neither and hence am voting for neither. Regardless of who wins, it is still the job of Congress to restrain or approve what they do.
Nov. 8th, 2016 02:28 am (UTC)
There are a couple of problems with this.

1) The power of the executive branch has expanded so much in recent decades that, with or without Congress, a sufficiently bad president can do a lot of damage even without congressional support, up to and including changing the whole face of world politics. See this article for details.

2) If Trump wins the Presidency, it's a good bet to say Republicans will retain control of both the House and Senate, as well. Even if they don't, 2018 is looking like it will be a slaughter for Senate Democrats, so we've likely got at best two years of them being able to hold him in check.

To date, in the face of Trump challenging everything they've held dear, from the Iraq War to free trade, how much spine have congressional Republicans shown in standing up to their nominee? So far as I can see, very little, and that fluctuates heavily based on how likely it is he'll win. And this is before he has any real power. You expect they'll suddenly become heroic and alienate Trump's supporters among their own base by opposing him after he has the powers of the Presidency behind him? Come on, now.

I'm just very thankful the polls suggest we will survive all the voters who are frustratingly incapable of seeing a potential big push towards authoritarianism when it's staring them in the face. Tomorrow Trumpism will lose, even if it isn't repudiated as massively and decisively as it would be if this country were sane.


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