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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.

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grrm
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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