There is a breathless headline from an NBC Poll just out:

NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey

Now reading that headline you would think that 71 percent disapprove, and I’m sure that’s what NBC wants you to think, however if you actually read the story you find out…

Just 29 percent of Americans say they approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, while 38 percent disapprove, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Another 32 percent of respondents don’t have enough to say on the matter.

Don’t know enough to say?  Actually the poll says “No opinion” in the graphic but it’s another attempt to make the Comey firing a problem when it isn’t, particularly when you discover that the 38 percent that is angry is driven by Democrats (2 of 3 polled) who are likely outraged about Trump getting that 2nd scoop of Ice cream.

So in the interest of showing what media spin is I’ve taken the liberty of rephrasing the headline to reflect the actual reality which is this:

The US public doesn’t give a damn that Trump fired Comey, but the media wants them to.

Exit question, if after a week of pushing this story the united and concerted MSM media efforts can’t even get 40% of the public riled up about Comey what does that say about their power to actually influence the public these days?

That’s the real story here.

Update:  powerline discovers another headline to rephrase


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Like Stacy McCain who finds yet another crazy feminist:

Do not assume that my description of this woman as “demon-possessed” is a joke. Maybe you’re an atheist, and do not believe demons exist. Believe what you want to believe, but I know evil when I see it.

This is the spirit of Satan. This is the face of totalitarian hatred. This is Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Mengistu and every other murderous dictator who ever claimed the right to kill in the name of “the people.”

Nothing makes allies like telling men who support your cause:  “Know your place.”

And Jazz Shaw who reports that Trump continues to make his goal like more NATO spending with allies

But even if this is the new policy and she’s good to her word, what prompted the change? Nobody seems to be saying, but two possibilities come to mind. One is that Merkel is looking ahead to her own election and believes that her voters aren’t in line with the less defense oriented plans of her opponents so she’s trying to put some daylight between herself and them. If that’s not the case, was there a phone call from Washington in the past week that we didn’t hear about? It would be in both Trump’s and Merkel’s best interests to keep any such discussions private. But it would allow Trump to eventually point to Germany and say that he got his way without Merkel looking like she was bending the knee for him.

Maybe this guy does know the art of the deal?

At Powerline John Hinderaker tells us it’s not just the south of the border flow slowing down:

it appears that the flow of refugees has declined, even though the president’s travel orders, including his reduced ceiling on refugee admissions, has been tied up in the courts by partisan judges. The Star Tribune reports: “Minnesota’s refugee stream slows to a trickle.”

The pace of refugees arriving in Minnesota slowed markedly in recent months, even though President Trump’s executive order pausing resettlement remains mired in the courts.

Arrivals hit a low of 66 statewide in March, roughly one-fifth the level of a year ago, before rebounding slightly in April. Somalis, who last fall were a majority of refugees in the state, made up less than a quarter of last month’s arrivals, based on new data from the State Department.

This chart shows the numbers:

At Pirates Cove William Teach notes both Obama’s are now making waves:

Refer back to the previous tweet. Is that something you would eat? Better question: is that something Michelle Obama would eat? Would she serve that to Barack? Would she have allowed the White House chef to serve that to her kids?

“My commitment to these issues is real,” she said. “I picked this issue because there was deep passion for it as a mother. … I’m going to continue working on this.”

Her kids sure didn’t eat that slop at their own high-toned and fancy to-do school. Why didn’t she force that school to serve her kids the same as other kids? She did very much want Everyone Else’s kids to be forced to eat that slop, and still does.

It’s not about the kids it’s about virtue signaling.

Over at Adrienne’s Corner she notices the lack of liberal self-awareness:

And nothing points more to this desperation than this screed I stumbled upon at the Huffington Post by Michelangelo Signorile, the editor-at-large of Queer Voices, To Save America We Must Stop Being Polite And Immediately Start Raising Hell.

You could almost stop reading at that over wrought title because I can’t recall a gaggle of libtards ever being polite and they’re forever raising hell.

That’s not entirely true, Liberals are invariably polite to conservatives, as long as they are attacking their fellow conservatives or republicans.

Old friend Lady Liberty 1885 is now writing at American Lens and notes the crazy continues:

A rash of campus bulletin boards and hoax stunts have recently made headlines with some of the most racist, outlandish and hyperbolic statements imaginable. But these stunts get a pass by NC campus authorities as long as the message is progressive.

Stunts at other campuses include Appalachian StateUNC Gay Assualt HoaxElon University Hoax

The truth is that Representative Mark Walker (NC06-R) is a Christian Minister and a Conservative that has opposed funding for abortions, has marched in support of life and opposes many forms of state-sanctioned killing. Yet, progressives and liberals have targeted him because he voted to lower health insurance premiums. He wants to ensure that health care remains available to all Americans and that Obamacare doesn’t destroy the viability of our healthcare system. Walker voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) (See the Bill Here: HR 1628) and for that, he is labeled a murderer?

I’d say I was shocked but I like to be honest with the readers around here.

Over at Fr. Z’s blog he tells us of yet another chance to earn a Plenary Indulgence:

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017. There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal

If you missed out on the Year of Mercy here is your chance to grab a few plenary indulgences, sure it’s only one a month but that’s still five folks out of purgatory

4th Doctor: Scringe stone found in a dead man’s pocket? A lost mine? A phony map. Are people still falling for that old guff? I mean, are they?
1st Romana: You mean you didn’t believe his story?
4th Doctor:  No.
1st Romana: But he had such an honest face.
4th Doctor: Romana, you can’t be a successful crook with a dishonest face, can you. 

Doctor Who, The Ribos Operation part 1 1978

While I haven’t been doing tech now for several years, given the great hack of 2017 I think it’s one again time to give you several pretty basic rules on password security, that, if followed by John Podesta and the DNC, would likely have the media looking for a different conspiracy to blame Hillary Clinton’s defeat on.

Rule Number 1:  If it has a computer in it and said computer connects wirelessly to any other, it’s hackable:

Your phone, your game system (and at the rate we’re going pretty soon your car and toaster) are all basically computers, accessing the net and being accessed.  Any such systems need to be treated as such when it comes to keeping sensitive info or opening attachments or setting passwords.

Me I don’t connect my cell phone to the net, I don’t use it for email, hell I generally don’t keep it charged or on unless I’m traveling.  I use it as a phone when I need a phone, that’s it.

Rule Number 2:  If you live in the first world and have a credit or debit card you ARE worth hacking.  

A lot of people figure because they’re just average folks without a lot of money hacking you isn’t worth someone’s time hacking or spamming you remember (per gallup figures) that the median per capita income in Nigeria is $493, That for a quarter of the nations of the world $100 represents the median monthly per capita income of a person.

If my temp warehouse job paying just over minimum wage with no bennies  pays above the median annual household income of all but 23 countries in the world, higher than Spain, Italy, Portugal and nearly double the median annual household income of Russia is enough to draw the ladies from Cape Verde to work & make 13 times the per capita GDP of their nation, how much more tempting is just sitting at home and trying to make such money without traveling thousands of miles and learning a new language and culture.

And remember we’re talking median incomes meaning there are plenty of people who make less.  If you are taken for a few hundred that might get you angry, but it’s more than most folks see in a month and if you can be taken for a few thousand for most such folks, they’ve hit the lottery.

Rule Number 3:  Your passwords are only as secure as the least careful person who knows them 

There are plenty of people who don’t bother to change default password or use something like their birthday or their phone number or address as a password, but even if your password is a Klingon phrase translated into Esperanto using a book cipher from an obscure 11th century Arab poet, if you give it out to Harold to check his email on your tablet it’s only as secure as Harold keeps it.

Rule Number 4:  Your home and business network is only as secure as the least careful person on it

Even the most careful person slips up on occasion, think how often the least careful person does and remember any shared platform means your security is dependent on every other person on it.

Rule Number 5:  Rule Number 4 about business networks applies to your bank, to Amazon, to your electric company and anyone else who stores your credit card info.

I would be Very careful about who you allow to keep a stored credit card on file and how many people you allow such info.  if you think it’s a pain just remember the number of hours you have to work to earn that $100 , $1000 or $10000 again or the number of hours you have to spend on the phone to get a phony charge credited.

Rule Number 6:  Attachments and links in unsolicited emails (even from friends) are your enemy.

This is also known as the “John Podesta Rule”  If you have an attachment that claims to be from a bank or a friend or amazon  or the electric company you don’t click on said links or open said attachments until you email them back (at the address you have stored) or call them (at the number online NOT the number provided in the email) to confirm it.  And if you get an email from a friend and it consists only of a link make it a point to email your friend back and let them know they’ve been hacked.

Rule Number 7:  NEVER EVER CLICK ON A “VERIFY ACCOUNT OR PASSWORD” LINK IN AN EMAIL AND ENTER YOUR ACCOUNT OR PASSWORD INFO

That is an old one but it still takes in plenty of people.  the IRS, your bank, comcast, amazon et/all aren’t going to be sending you unsolicited emails like this.  It’s one thing when you set up an account to get a “click here to verify” while doing so, it’s quite another to get one a week, a month or a year later.  If you’re not comfortable simply deleting these emails call the company or organization in question, they would likely like to get info on these hacks.

Rule Number 8:  Open wi-fi to the pubic is just that, open to the public

If you are using an open wi-fi network in a public don’t you dare be buying stuff online or entering your credit card info, particularly in a big city.  That’s just asking for it.

Rule Number 9:  Run the updates

It doesn’t matter if a software or OS maker has found and fixed a vulnerability in a piece of software if your system never updates to install the fix as those who fell for yesterday’s superhack discovered:

The security holes it exploits were disclosed several weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that has published what it says are hacking tools used by the NSA as part of its intelligence-gathering.

Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced that it had already issued software “patches” for those holes. But many companies and individuals haven’t installed the fixes yet or are using older versions of Windows that Microsoft no longer supports and didn’t fix.

By Kaspersky Lab’s count, the malware struck at least 74 countries. In addition to Russia, the biggest targets appeared to be Ukraine and India, nations where it is common to find older, unpatched versions of Windows in use, according to the security firm.

Note again the vulnerability of older systems that patches weren’t made for

Rule Number 10:  Apple devices are not immune

Amazingly there are still some people who think that if their device is made by Apple it can’t get a virus and are therefore safe, let me remind them:  1.  Most attacks these days are on the software run on an operating system rather than an OS itself  2.  If someone has your password they don’t need a virus.  It’s a corollary to rules 4 & 5.  Your system is only as secure as the least secure program you run on it.

Now it’s likely the big worldwide hack used tactics more advanced than any of this, furthermore none of these tips guarantee that you will never be hacked any more than locking your doors and windows guarantees your house will never be broken into but if you remember these steps and earn to  recognize unsafe behavior then over time you will be more likely to spot a scam when it comes.


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O’Reilly: Don’t you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there’s nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery. That’s why I never even started anything like that… that’s why I never will.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

“You [have to] work your ass off, that’s the only way.

Kate Hudson 2014

One of the things that has plagued me though my life has been thoughts of the various plights of the world’s peoples.

It always seemed to me the example of America and Americans were a blueprint. You have a nation that over its two centuries of existence exhibited the path to the easiest and best possible life for human beings, a life so good that millions rushed to come here over the decades and within two generations and were generally rewarded by the sight of their children and then their grandchildren living better than they ever dreamed they would.

A big part of this comes from the American system whereby justice was not dependent on bribery of officials the ability to improve one’s situation by hard work, complemented by free speech, free religion and a representative government all made possible by the two bedrocks of western civilization:

  1. English common law with the principle of the equality of all people before said law
  2. Christianity with the principle of the equality of all people before God.

When I looked upon the world, their unwillingness to adopt these two ingredients I’ve thought about the cultural and historical reasons why these things have not been done but in the end there is one ingredient more important than any other.

Courage.

Not in the sense that you might think, There are plenty of people willing to taking or deliver a blow or even risk their lives to fight, but I’m talking about a particular type of courage, the courage to endure monotony for a goal.

Most great endeavors take not only a lot of work but the willingness to do said work repeatedly, over and over, laboriously, without reward directly in front of you.

If you think of the World War 2 generation they had such courage.  The willingness to work a factory, to go door to door selling, to work 12-15 hours a day in a business six days a week to make it work, to do these unexciting things day in and day out without excepting help from anyone else, willing to endure setback after setback without public complaint until success comes.

Think of the arab states, they have the one advantage that Israel does not, population in abundance, imagine if instead of unthinking hatred against the jewish state they simply concentrated on making their population the best educated, the hardest working and the most dedicated people toward improving their own lot and the lot of their children.

If this was the case nothing would be beyond their reach and within three generations they would look on the Jewish state and laugh at the idea that there was any reason to fear them.

The same holds true of all populations if instead of spending energy blaming others for their plight (and expecting reparations for the same) a simple dedication to self improvement  would change the world.

But now this has become an issue here in the US as well, particularly among the left.

Think of the gender police, think of the race police, think of the “resistance”what do they have in common?  They live by the excuse, the blame of others and seek revenge or restitution.  After all why even put in the effort if the deck is so stacked against them, or so they think, not considering that those who came before them 750 & 150 years ago had much more going against them and advanced.

How did they do so?  By having the courage to endure the monotony of effort without expecting a quick fix.

The man or woman who works 10 hours at a job to make sure there is food on the table, who makes sure their children are doing the right thing and carries no without caring a jot if the government plans to help or not has more courage than shouting “No Justice No Peace”.

And until that cultural lesson is released they will become stagnant and jealous wondering why the world is so against them.

It’s always been a sad thing to see this type of thing abroad, it’s even sadder to see it happen here, but as long as there are those who can gain profit or power from this situation, it will continue.

In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.

William F. Buckley Jr Up From Liberalism (1959)

A few days ago talking about Prager U’s excellent video on Nazi’s vs communists I wrote about the 180 the left did on the US entering WW 2 as soon as Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, we saw a perfect example of this on CBS yesterday.

As I and other noted the firing of FBI director James Comey forced a sudden 180 on the part of the left. For the last six months had been portraying him as public enemy number one on every TV show and social media platform that exists, and suddenly that same left decided getting rid of the said villain was prima facia evidence of our living in a police state.

Unfortunately nobody told Stephen Colbert’s audience that the meme had changed as Rush explains:

So anyway, Colbert goes out there. He says, “A huge story broke just moments ago, less than 10 minutes ago, FBI Director James Comey has just been fired by Donald Trump,” and his audience cheered!

His audience practically gave it a standing O, and Colbert didn’t know what to do. The audience, which is indicative of liberals and leftists all over the country, thought it was the greatest thing they could have heard because that’s what they’ve been conditioned to do: Hate Comey. They have been told that Comey stole the election from them by dumping all over Hillary. They’ve been told that Comey showed all kinds of favoritism to Trump, so they have been conditioned to literally hate Comey.

The Hillary camp has played a role in that; the Drive-By Media has led that charge; the Democrat Party got their digs in. So Colbert goes out there, and he’s fully expecting for his audience to boo and hiss, and what did they do? They cheered it! They gave it a standing ovation because that’s what they’ve been programmed to do. They’ve been told to hate Comey. Colbert was totally taken aback, and he said something like, “Wow, wow. Huge, huge Donald Trump fans here.”

As Jim Treacher put it:

 

It’s akin to Pavlov kicking his dog for coming when he rings the bell, or for those without a classical education the Good Wife episode: What’s in the Box where two sides in a courtroom are fighting over a ballot box one claiming it should be thrown out due to evidence of fraud and other other saying the votes should count, then suddenly word comes that the box has been opened and once the contents are known the two sides do an instant 180

Diane: Your Honor, we ask that these ballots be immediately counted to determine whether a fraud…
Patti: The sanctity of the voting booth must not be breached, Your Honor.

[then word comes out the votes in the box have been counted and it turns out the box contains exactly the opposite of what both sides expected it to be]
Diane: We… Your Honor, um…
Judge: Would you like to change your motion?
Diane: Yes, we– actually, we are going to withdraw the motion out of respect for the voting process.
Patti: We’d like to make a motion, Your Honor.
Judge: Of course you would.
Patti: These ballots are fraudulent and should be thrown out.

Alas unlike the cast of CBS’ The Good Wife the Audience wasn’t given the script.

Even better Jon Stewart who was the guest that night (it was a comedy central reunion show) ended up illustrating the absurdity of the situation: (commentary via newsbusters)

 

COLBERT: I got a question for the audience. When I said (previously) that Comey was fired by Trump, you all cheered — w-why? (more laughter) Is it because of what he did to Hillary? (cheers and applause from audience)

STEWART (pointing finger at audience): No!

COLBERT (reminding audience of proper response to Comey firing): But you know he’s investigating Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia …

STEWART: Yes!

COLBERT: … which will now evaporate like cotton candy in the ocean.

STEWART (aware that Colbert is losing audience): No, you know what you got? You got, they were riding a wave. That was like a beginner’s surfers class where they were like (mimicking a struggling surfer), I’m standing up! Oh no, wait! (audience laughs after being insulted) Oh no, now I’m on my knees! Hold on! Which it was — I hate that guy, I love that guy, but Trump did, and they didn’t

 

In other words, how dare you ignorant masses not realize that the meme has changed.

Cue Gene Wilder:

This is what the left is reduced to, the cool kids being told what they have to think, when they have to laugh and when they are supposed to cheer.

And the really fun part of it? They think they are free thinkers.

Yesterday I was having a late lunch with my oldest and wondering what I would write about today, then I got home and saw this:

President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said Tuesday.

HotAir expands on this:

Comey has had a strange ride in Washington. When he was investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails, conservatives hoped he would be the person to finally hold a Clinton responsible for misbehavior. When he announced there would be no charges, progressives praised him and conservatives were furious he had balked. Then when he sent the letter last October and Hillary subsequently lost the election, he became every progressive’s most-hated-man-in-Washington again. In the end, this gaffe proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was apparently too much for the Trump administration to take.

The gaffe they are referring to are reports that his testimony before congress concerning Hillary’s emails was less that accurate:

But were the original claims about the extent of Huma’s document dispersion accurate? I ran across an interesting piece at Propublica which claims that their investigations, including reports from unnamed sources “close to the investigation” revealed that Comey’s comments were “inaccurate” and the real numbers would be shown to be far lower. Can that be real? It may all come down to semantics.

The problem: Much of what Comey said about this was inaccurate. Now the FBI is trying to figure out what to do about it.

FBI officials have privately acknowledged that Comey misstated what Abedin did and what the FBI investigators found. On Monday, the FBI was said to be preparing to correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week. But that plan now appears on hold, with the bureau undecided about what to do.

Wow! If this is true then it’s a real bombshell they’ve got on their hands.

Well given the animus of the left toward Mr. Comey you would think this would be the cause of unmitigated joy

Or not

And it’s reached the point where members of congress are calling for a special prosecutor:

For myself I’m indifferent, I never cared for Comey and I won’t be crying any tears for him but it just seems like just two days ago when the left was attacking James Comey and Hillary was blaming him for her defeat and now the left has decided that removing the man they considered public enemy number one is practically grounds for impeachment. Perhaps this is similar to their argument against Trump Executive Order in court where they claim the same text if offered by a President Clinton would be legal. This suggests that when it comes down to it, the only standard the Democrat have is: “Can we uses this for our political advantage at this moment?” That’s quite a double standard but of course if the left didn’t have double standards they’d have no standards at all.

I’ll give the last words to Ed Morrissey and Jim Treacher:


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This weekend France elected Emmanuel Macron its youngest leader in its modern history but it also rejected Marie LePen who would have been the 1st Female leader in modern history

All over the MSM there was much rejoicing over the result but as I had been re-watching the election coverage from last November, I noticed in all the MSM coverage there was something missing.

Outrage.

France had the chance to break the glass ceiling for women, France could have told their young girls that they too could someday grow up to lead the country but they did not.

And none of the members of the MSM who were so crushed and so furious that the US did not elect the first women in history to lead them,, those very same leaders who pointed at the US electorate and screamed “Misogyny”  were dancing a jig over France not only rejecting the chance to elect their first woman to lead them, but did so in a landslide.

So my question for our friends on the left is this?

Why is the US rejection of the 1st woman president misogyny but France’s overwhelming rejection of the same not?

Or do women only count as women if they are on the left?

Summary:  Don’t Worry be happy, or ELSE

Plot: The Doctor and Bill sneak out from under Nardole’s nose to visit one of the first human colonies where they discover a bunch of robots that run on emojis but the Doctor notices the people are missing, it turns out that being unhappy can be fatal, which might be a problem when the rest of the colonists awake and find out what’s going on.
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Writing: The first TARDIS trip is always interesting in a sense and Bill’s questions are promising.  As has been the case over the last few years there is a heavy indication of the long term season plot.   The concept of the villain is interesting as is the conflict in Bill’s practical lower middle class mind about escaping and staying escaped.  It’s a leg up over the previous episode but give how poor the previous one was, that’s not much of an accomplishment.

Acting:  The only thing wrong with the acting in this episode is Nardole in the sense Matt Lucas isn’t in it much Peter Capaldi again shines and Pearl Mackie seems to be clicking with him n   s does a more than adequate job as Bill with strong hints of even better to come but it’s Matt Lucas’ Nardole again in a lesser role really makes it all come together.

Memorable Moments:  You’re the Help line, I’m not making tea for her, the pound signs in the eyes.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  The Help line reference (1st Doctor Clara #3)  Landing at the site of the next episode (shades of Season 1 of of the original series) Migration from Earth Ark in Space (4th doctor) Beast Below (11th Doctor)

Oddities:  What exactly would the Vardis use as currency?

Pet Peeves:  Given that the Earth is being evacuated the idea that they never thought of programming the robot vardies to recognize or deal with grief or death is not credible.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Bill: It’s a beautiful place.
The Doctor: All traps are beautiful that’s how they work.


Bill: You can’t reach the controls from the seats. What’s the point in that? Or do you have stretchy arms, like Mister Fantastic?


The Doctor [OC]: Once, long ago, a fisherman caught a magic haddock. The haddock offered the fisherman three wishes in return for its life. The fisherman said, “I’d like my son to come home from the war, and a hundred pieces of gold.” The problem is magic haddock, like robots, don’t think like people. The fisherman’s son came home from the war in a coffin and the King sent a hundred gold pieces in recognition of his heroic death. The fisherman had one wish left. What do you think he wished for?
(The colonists start waking up again.)  Some people say he should have wished for an infinite series of wishes, but if your city proves anything, it is that granting all your wishes is not a good idea.
Bill: It’s okay. It’s not going to hurt you. Actually, it doesn’t even know who you are.
Steadfast: What happened? What have you done?
The Doctor: In fact, the fisherman wished that he hadn’t wished the first two wishes. You see, in a way, he pressed the reset button.


Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars I liked it better the 2nd time I watched it but it still seemed kinda average, particularly for a first trip episode.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 2. Given how bad last weeks’ episode was that’s not a surprise

1st Smile
2nd The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: Doesn’t place but again that’s because the previous seasons were so good.

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

Marvin the Martian: Where’s the kaboom? There’s supposed to be an earth shattering Kaboom!

I found myself watching the Election night coverage this weekend and found myself noting the various swings.

Of course there was the joy and optimism of the press until about 9:30 seven minutes before I called it for Trump, the increasing gloom the grief and disbelief.

As soon as Trump finally won then we heard all about what was going to come from. It’s doom, doom doom, economic doom, military doom, predictions of slavery and Nazism and loads of violence and in fairness we have been seeing plenty of violence from the left on college campuses.

But every day that goes by it becomes more and more apparent that there are things missing.

Were are the internment camps? Where are the Gays being dragged out of their homes, where are the plummeting stock markets? Where is the financial crisis as the economy tanks, the rising unemployment as capital flees?

Where is Russia Charging forward and Assad and others moving confidently to push aside a weak US?are the concentration camps for Muslims?

And of course all of this was going to cause a revolt not only of the people who would be demanding his Tax Returns where is the GOP revolt, particularly in the House, finally heading to impeachment?

It just isn’t there.

And even worse than it not being there, every day it keeps not being there the American people who were told that disaster and doom were coming will find themselves facing actual reality vs perceived reality?

Actual story, I work with a large group of Hispanics, many from Puerto Rico but others from elsewhere. I had a mother of 4 come to me, knowing I report and knowing I’m a Trump guy and bluntly ask me if we were going to have a nuclear war. She was actually afraid that it was coming. (Spoiler Alert, it’s not)

What is going to happen if four years from now, if her family is doing better financially and all her fears prove unfounded?

I predict it’s stuff like that which will drive election 2020

Norman: This is largely as I predicted except the Silly Party won, this was mainly due to the number of votes cast.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Election Night Special 1969

Less that 24 hours after the GOP house passed it’s version of Obamacare repeal then ending their not so splende inaction a professional prognosticator forecast doom and gloom for house GOP members for doing so.

Republicans’ 217-213 passage of the American Health Care Act on Thursday guarantees Democrats will have at least one major on-the-record vote to exploit in the next elections. Although it’s the first of potentially many explosive votes, House Republicans’ willingness to spend political capital on a proposal that garnered the support of just 17 percent of the public in a March Quinnipiac poll is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave.

Not only did dozens of Republicans in marginal districts just hitch their names to an unpopular piece of legislation, Democrats just received another valuable candidate recruitment tool. In fact, Democrats aren’t so much recruiting candidates as they are overwhelmed by a deluge of eager newcomers, including doctors and veterans in traditionally red seats who have no political record for the GOP to attack – almost a mirror image of 2010

Their conclusion (with a caviet):

In light of the vote, we are shifting our ratings in 20 districts, all reflecting enhanced opportunities for Democrats. The major caveat is that 18 months is an eternity in politics and that as always, we will continue to adjust our outlook as events unfold and the landscape develops.

Naturally the MSM jumped all over this

and Cook was not alone among the prognosticators, Nate Silver joined em:

There could easily be an overall partisan swing of 5 to 10 percentage points against Republicans, therefore. It’s not quite clear how this partisan swing would interact with the AHCA penalty — whether you’d add them together or whether that’s double-counting — but it should be enough to make a lot of Republican incumbents nervous. There are 58 Republicans who won by less than 20 points in 20162 and who voted for the AHCA.

Naturally the MSM jumped

A top nonpartisan election analyst says Thursday’s House GOP vote to repeal and replace ObamaCare hurts the reelection chances of a number of House Republicans next year.

The Cook Political Report on Friday shifted its forecast for 20 GOP-incumbent or open districts to categories less favorable for Republicans.

and Jumped hard into the “GOP DOOM” meme

The Atlantic: What the GOP’s Health-Care Gamble Means for 2018

Vox: “I’ve never seen anything like this”: progressives see huge donation spike after AHCA vote

NYT: What Democrats’ Losses in 2010 Can Tell Us About G.O.P.’s Chances in 2018

Talking Points Memo: Hey Hey Goodbye

Politico: Red-state Dems pounce on Obamacare repeal bill

Mother Jones: These 24 Republicans Were Already Vulnerable—and Now They Just Voted to Repeal Obamacare

and of course the Washington Post: Did Republicans just wave bye-bye to their House majority?

It’s almost as if there was a single coordinated script that they all were reading from.

Now there are likely those who might get worried about these predictions and the media’s rush to support and amplify them, but before you do let me show you a blast from Cook’s past namely Nov 7th 2016:

And Nate Silver on Election day with a couple of state highlights thrown in

And then ask the question: Do they really think the American people to fall for this grift again? Or are they only expecting the pols in DC and their foolish consultants to do so?


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