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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.


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.

Nov. 8th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: Serious Reply
I appreciate your thoughtful response.

Scandal: On the contrary, the media seems to be very biased in favor of Hillary. If you read my comment in the other recent thread, I detailed this. Hours of prime time coverage are given to baseless accusations against Trump (eg he criticized the reporter for backtracking on what he said, NOT for his disablity). They show relatively little interest in the Clinton Foundation, Clinton cash, George Soros, Wall Street & pay to play, etc.

Being sympathetic to the religious right does not make one a zealot.

I myself doubt that a literal wall would work (unless you're dealing with the Others). What matters is that the border is secured. And yes, you are correct in stating that guns are smuggled from the US to Mexico. That's how the black market trade works - gangs and drugs come here, while money and guns flow back to Mexico, strengthening the cartels and continuing the destructive cycle. While these problems are not limited to Mexico, they are severe in that country, and that directly spills over into problems here in the US.

The Congress has not always been republican majority - why didn't streamlining get done under dem majority?

ISIL has been losing ground, but not quickly enough. They've been festering for too long, committing every sort of atrocity they can. We can act decisively without major ground deployments. More air strikes, more military aid to iraqis and kurds, etc. would make a difference.

Common Core may have started on the State level, but it has spread around the country. It is another botched experiment in education, full of glaring problems. I invite you to research this, many other people have covered this in depth.

Yes, to be specific, he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare. The point is that he's in favor of health care reform, but not as it currently stands.

Our economy and society was quite different in the 50's, trying that now would be highly anachronistic. Trickle down doesn't work in the sense that relying only on capital investment is not enough. Trump is lowering taxes for the middle and working classes, while keeping taxes on the rich within reason. Streamlining and closing loopholes is also a good idea.

There have been riots in Ferguson, Charlotte and Milwaukee, along with many shooting incidents. This is not about autocracy, it's about maintaining basic order. While Europe has more issues with terrorism than we do, we've still had to deal with recent bomb incidents, such as in Chelsea in New York City.

With more mental health facilities, people who show red flags could be committed, which would help avert these shooting sprees we keep hearing about.

Yes, Trump is lowering taxes, with job & business growth to offset this.

Once again, I appreciate the response. Like I said, the important thing is to consider things rationally from both sides.
Nov. 8th, 2016 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: Serious Reply
I appreciate the courteous tone of the exchange of views here. If only more political discussions were like this... if only TRUMP was like this.

We still disagree on almost everything, however.

I have watched the tape of Trump mocking the disabled reporter many times. I believe my own eyes and ears, not the assertions that claim he was doing something else. And yes, I've seen the similar acts about Ted Cruz, the general, etc. All of which seem much milder. Even if you were right, however, it was still an offensive thing to do. As I have said before, try to imagine John F. Kennedy doing that. That was not presidential behavior. If Trump were president, imagine how he might mock the chancellor of Germany or the prime minister of Japan or, indeed, any foreign leader who dared to frustrate, deny, or question him.

Obamacare needs to be improved, not repealed. Health care "reform" is just a word, the devil is in the details. The Dems have been trying to get a health care plan through since Harry Truman, and the GOP has always frustrated those efforts. They don't want reform, they want the system the way it was before Obamacare. Repealing the existing law would mean that the twenty million uninsured who were covered by Obamacare who promptly become uninsured again.

Trump, like many Republicans, wants to lower taxes, yet also complains about the national debt and the deficit. Lowering taxes will increase the deficit. Trump has floated the insane idea of "renegotiating" the national debt, as he has some of his own debt. That would throw a huge monkey wrench into the entire world economy, and could well damage America's credit rating for decades to come. The only president to balance the budget in the past forty years was Bill Clinton, fwiw.

Everybody wants to streamline the government and close the loopholes. Or at least everybody talks about it. Problem is, your "loophole" is my "essential deduction," and vice versa. The last administration to have much success with streamlining was the Clinton administration. Al Gore headed up the effort, which eliminated hundreds of outdated and burdensome regulations.

We agree about mental health.


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