How Sausage is Made

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There is an old saying that if you watch sausage being made you won’t want to eat it. Let’s take a peek behind the curtain at political sausage being made. Democrat Michelle Nunn’s campaign plan was accidentally made public. Eliana Johnson at National Review has the story:

From all appearances, the document was intended to remain confidential. It outlines the challenges inherent in getting Nunn, who grew up mostly in Bethesda, Md., elected to the Senate in a state with a large rural population. Her father, Sam Nunn, was elected to the Senate when she was six, and Michelle Nunn attended Washington’s prestigious National Cathedral School and then the University of Virginia and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before returning to Georgia to do nonprofit work and, now, to seek higher office.

The documents reveal the campaign’s most sensitive calculations. Much of the strategizing in the Georgia contest, as is typical in southern politics, revolves around race. But the Nunn memos are incredibly unguarded. One is from Diane Feldman, a Democratic pollster and strategist who counts among her clients Minnesota senator Al Franken, South Carolina representative James Clyburn, and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Feldman, who did not return calls seeking comment, is frank in her characterization of the demographic groups — Jews, Asians, African Americans, Latinos, and gays — that are essential to a Democratic victory. The Nunn campaign declined to comment about the document on the record.

The campaign’s finance plan draws attention to the “tremendous financial opportunity” in the Jewish community and identifies Jews as key fundraisers. It notes, however, that “Michelle’s position on Israel will largely determine the level of support here.” That’s a position she has yet to articulate — her message on the subject is marked “TBD” in the document — and Israel goes unmentioned on her campaign website.

Asians are also identified as key fundraisers. The community is described as “very tight,” one in which people work to “become citizens quickly.” Nunn’s strategists also say there is a “huge opportunity” to raise money from gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals, who are described as having “substantial resources.”

As southern whites have moved to the right, Democrats have been forced to cobble together a coalition of minority voters. Feldman recommends as a goal winning just 30 percent of the white vote while working to increase turnout among African Americans and Latinos. So while Jews, Asians, and gays are characterized as potential “fundraisers,” African Americans and Hispanics are the ones the campaign needs to get to the polls in historic numbers, the document makes clear.

“This constituency group is critical,” it says of the African Americans who make up much of Georgia’s Democratic base, adding that Nunn must win “a very high percentage of the African-American vote” and attract “a large number of voters who do not typically turn out in an off-election year.” The plan puts a particular emphasis on black clergy. It also highlights the need to “generate passion and enthusiasm” for Nunn in the black community. And it raises concern that Hispanics have not yet been “appropriately engaged” on her behalf.

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To compensate for her difficulties with rural white voters, Nunn’s strategists emphasize the need to turn out blacks and Hispanics. “They know that in order to have a chance of winning, they’ve got to change the turnout from what it would ordinarily be in a midterm election,” Kerwin Swint, a professor of politics at Atlanta’s Kennesaw State University, said, when asked about the document’s conclusions.


Some people are shocked, or at least pretend to be. I’m not shocked, nor am I surprised or disillusioned. This is what political campaigning is in the 21st Century. You and I are not people, we are demographic units.

First of all the plan is an internal memorandum. Of course it is quite blunt. You don’t hire expensive experts and then expect them to pussyfoot around. You want them to cut to the chase.

This assumes you are in it to win it and you are not just running a token campaign of opposition like Wendy Davis in Texas. To win an election you need to get more votes than any of the other candidates. In a two-candidate race that means 50%+1 of the votes cast.

So you look at the electorate and figure out how to do that. Actually, you hire expensive experts to do that. They do polls and analyze demographic data, then they come up with (what you hope is) a winning plan.

Part of that plan is raising money. That means you identify the people who have money who might be willing to donate. Then you try to get them to cough up some cash so you can afford to pay your expensive experts.

Once you have raised some money, the expensive experts will spend it for you. Quite a bit of it will end up in their pockets, or in the pockets of people they hire to do stuff for your campaign. The way they will burn thru your campaign bank account will be good preparation if you get elected, only then the donors have no choice.

There are several things you will need to do in order to win the election. First and foremost you have to identify your likely voters and motivate them to get out and vote for you.

Secondly, you need to identify the undecided voters and try to convince them to vote for you. If you can’t do that, you want to convince them to not vote for the other candidate(s). Better they don’t vote than vote for someone else.

Thirdly, you want to identify your main opponent’s likely voters and convince them not to vote at all, or to vote for some 3rd-party no-hope candidate.

The way you convince voters not to vote for someone is called “negative campaigning.” This begins with opposition research, aka “oppo”. Everybody has a skeleton or six, hidden in a closet somewhere. Not only that but they have probably committed a few errors in judgment too.

They may have some current or former friends as well as some relatives who are shady or even downright criminal. Maybe there is some disgruntled ex-employee, spouse or lover who is willing to dish some dirt. Maybe your opponent was banging his wife’s hairdresser and she is willing to talk for money.

So you hire some expensive “researchers” to go dig. You also hire some “assistants” to follow your opponent around in public with a video camera. Maybe you’ll get lucky and strike gold or even macaca.

On the other hand, you might have a few secrets and shady connections of your own. You need someone to make sure those bodies stay buried.

You may think that you know what you are talking about when it comes to policy. If so, you are wrong and you will probably lose. (See: Akin, Todd) Your policy positions have to be very carefully crafted. That starts with good polling, so you know exactly what people want to hear.

For example, let’s say you are going to be speaking to a group of Jewish women. You want to tailor your message specifically for them. Talk about how much you support Israel, and whatever else they believe in. But you have to be careful to NOT SAY things they will disagree with.

That is where those expensive experts come in. They figure all that stuff out and write your speeches for you. There are a lot of different demographic groups out there, especially if you are a Democrat. You can’t give the same speech in front of a pro-Palestinian group as you give to AIPAC.

You do all this for several months, then in the evening of the Tuesday after the first Monday in November during even-numbered years you find out if it all worked.

And that is how sausage is made.


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138 Responses to How Sausage is Made

  1. The Klown says:

    No campaign consultant who ever lived (and very few lawyers) have uttered the words “You have no hope of winning, save your money.

  2. Lulu says:

    Nunn is at first glance an okay candidate for Georgia. Look into her background as a non-profit head and she is a professional money farmer of taxpayer funds. Call her a community organizer, rent seeker, hack, parasite, whatever. This is what Democrats are now. Another is Cecile Richards, the daughter of Ann Richards, who does the same thing as the head of PP. It is a lot easier than making a living the old fashioned way. And look at the immigration activists scattered strategically throughout this administration. Or Robert Kennedy Jr for that matter. They and their buds are making out like bandits with all of the goodies being passed out without taxpayer consent. Their “mission” is not service to humankind as the head or worker of a NGO but rather to extract money from taxpayers or other dupes. Are there some non-profits who do good work? Of course. But they aren’t running for political office or appointed positions to enable their pals to haul off more loot. Nunn got exposed as a money grubbing player. She learned it in Democratic politics. Republicans do it too but are not quite as good at it.

  3. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      I am starting to think that he may not do as much as he would have before the illegal alien groups started “smart mouthing” at him at these WH meetings. The way some of these meetings have been reported they talked back, sassed, challenged, and dissed him. Now they are protesting that he isn’t letting in enough (or any) illegal aliens themselves into the meetings. They even protested as Center for American Progress (his usual co-conspirators) as they finally figured out CAP and Obama will double cross them in a NY minute. And his meetings partners are getting smaller in number and more selective to cut out the dissenters and gripers. We all know he will sell out anyone for a million dollar donation and they are just figuring this out. He is at heart a passive aggressive narcissist so he may screw them over after coming this far to abandon the border. And I think he is afraid of the Supreme Court and their rulings on his imperial edicts. I think now he will do something half-ass and claim he is Solomon. He starts shit and then wants to walk away.

  4. The Klown says:
  5. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      The public supports Israel. The media not. The Congress has to be elected. The media continues to shrink in audience because they only speak to each at cocktail parties and private listservs.

  6. Somebody says:

    This is completely OT. WARNING GOAT PORN! It’s slightly graphic although it’s in infared, black and white at quite a distance, goat fuckers indeed.
    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2014/07/omg-what-hamas-terrorists-do-during.html
    Where the hell is PETA?

  7. Lulu says:

    “Ted Cruz Is Dumb” is a piece written by a second year law student at Yale for Salon. This author’s other fine works include a book titled ” “Blueprints for a Sparkling Tomorrow: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,”. Yes he used “sparkling” and tomorrow in the title of a book. His other book is “The Man Who Accidentally Wore His Cravat to a Gymnasium”. You cannot make this stuff up.

    • Somebody says:

      My prog sister called me up a few months ago to “discuss” Ted Cruz. She had watched his interview with David Gregory. She told me he didn’t seem quite as stupid as she thought he was, he seemed to handle the interview fairly well, which shocked her.

      I decided to enlighten her as to Ted Cruz’s resume, she was shocked. In fact she insisted I was lying and demanded I prove it. She always insists I’m lying and always demands proof from a reliable source (read not Fox). In her MSM, mostly CNN, but also Salon, MSNBC, LA Time and a few other sources world……Ted Cruz is an imbecile. A scary, right wing, frothing at the mouth, monsterous imbecile.

      I thought I had set her straight back then, but alas I was wrong. When she came to visit recently she was back to Ted Cruz is an imbecile. She also believes Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her porch and a lot of other things. I spent hours “proving” stuff to her when she was visiting via sources like ABC and the NY Times that she accepts. I’m sure she erased all of that from her memory bank and is safely back in vile prog world now.

    • lyn says:

      I’m amazed how many idiots call Cruz “dumb” because of their GOP hate.

      • Lulu says:

        They never believe his resume. He was a clerk for the the 4th Circuit. Then he was a lead clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Obama wasn’t offered ANY clerkship at all. Neither was Michelle. Even Wendy Davis the idiot got a federal district court clerkship in Fort Worth thanks to her hubby and her decent grades. I think his “Hispanic” heritage rankles the Brahmins of the Ivy League and their selective racism and classism is showing. And his mother is southern so she is supposed to be white trash. They want “the brown people” to keep in line like Sotomayer. And the conservative hate stuff too but they seem to have a real jealousy for him in particular.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Working title was “Cruz is a Stink Pot”

  8. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      And being the mom who is always right with arrested development progs. It is really retro and the new cool.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think today’s the anniversary of McCain introducing Sarah to the world. Good timing on her web launch 😀 Oh, and I think every liberal blog/msm/twitbook are trying to outdo themselves insulting her. One of the best responses I’ve read is “good for you, now you can pay to insult her” . (It may have been on Days’ blog, she has an excellent post up on the Palin wars).

    • Somebody says:

      This is blank to me too.

  9. WMCB says:

    • Somebody says:

      Is it twitter? WMCB’s posts are blank too.

      • DandyTIger says:

        That’s an occasional issue with WordPress. Refresh the page and let it sit there a while before scrolling. If the tweets don’t show up, it’s WP being bogged down temporarily.

        • Somebody says:

          Thanks Dandy. I fixed it by restarting my computer.

        • lildoggy4u says:

          I still can’t manage wordpress. Won’t let me comment, won’t let me sign in. Feel sad sometimes.

          • DandyTIger says:

            You can use an alternative email address (and very similar username) from your WordPress username. Then you can avoid logging in when things are wonky. Of course the first time you comment we’ll have to let you in, but after that no worries. Sometimes it’s good to not be wired into WordPress.

  10. WMCB says:

  11. WMCB says:

    Evidently, Ezra Klein thinks it’s preferable and normal not to understand our laws, and have a elite band of parsing lawyers to rule over the dumb masses AND over Congress:

    • Lulu says:

      It must be humbling to admit you are too stupid to read a bill. I think his website has already proven this so he was brave to say it. It is the first step of stupid recovery. Is it called Stupid’s Anonymous or Voxy Anonymous. His parents (or student loan vendor) should ask for their money back from whatever diploma mill he attended. Reading comprehension is hard.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        A lot of them congress critters are just concerned about how good they look for the C-Span cameras. 😯

    • mothy67 says:

      Dear little poor sweet ezra
      Bless your tiny little heart. I guess you mean well but you are a FUCKING idiot. Congress is the legislative branch which means they write laws and pass them. If they cannot do so they should not be in office. It is the definition of the job you poor clueless man child.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      I think that ‘s what the congresscritter’s staffers are paid for.

  12. mothy67 says:

    I hear rumor that if the Dims lose the Senate they have a plan in place to be executed when they regain power. To prevent such a thing from ever taking place again pelosi is going to require one boy and one girl from the jews, the AAs, the asians, the legal hispanics to arm wrestle michelle and watch harry reid pole dance. Last group standing gats a selfie with bronco and unlimited talk and text for their free phone. That should keep them in line.

    What is with lumping all asians in one pot. Talk about a diverse population.

    • votermom says:

      What is with lumping all asians in one pot. Talk about a diverse population.

      Seriously!!!!
      So annoying! Specially in college apps.

      • mothy67 says:

        I never chose to be a part of a child’s life It just took place.
        I am not a nice guy. I held a party a party once my junior year in college that got busted . At the Drake To bad I called the woman a cross eyed c u n t.
        I will never forgive myself for going crass. I should have bit my tongue. I got thrown out of student housing after having to suffer through my accusations of being a homo phobe.
        I calledca woman a cross eyed and referred to her friend as a joke.
        I got thrown out of University housing.
        I was small and stupid.
        I will never forget the ugly words I utterered but as far as my brat goes I screwed up a lot of times. What is more artistic than being a responsible person in their life??

  13. mothy67 says:

    Donning my tin foil hat
    What about terrorists crossing our unsecure border? The 9/11 commission report was emphatic about it. Bush did zip and waffles laid out a welcome mat. The date is approaching.
    Better we focus on the Tea Party than lock down the border. Snoop on the taxpayers emails, but give sanctuary and services to people we know nothing about. I fear something else is a foot(said I was clad in Reynold’s wrap)

  14. WMCB says:

  15. WMCB says:

    Was chatting with someone about The Common Man, our culture’s obsession with credentialism, and its elitist worship of IQ as the SOLE marker of human value.

    I hearkened back to my love of Tolkien. One of the things I loved about Tolkien was his affection for the Hobbits, and the Shire. They have value. It was a different value than elves or wizards, but value nonetheless. We live in a world where the only thing of value is to be an elf or wizard. Once you assume that, then you MUST start lying to people, in order to prevent them from realizing that 80% of the population loses out. So you promote nonsense like ” “Go get a bachelor’s degree! Or a masters! Every person can (and should) be an elf or wizard!”

    And because a lot of the the country (the bulk, in fact) is made up of Hobbits, it’s a very cruel lie. In our “egalitarian” madness, we have destroyed the Shire, and decimated the value of Hobbits.

    Tolkien would weep.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Brilliant. I think I’ll smoke a little Old Toby and ponder that.

    • elliesmom says:

      I believe in offering every kid the opportunity to go to college. Admission to the kind of classes in elementary, middle, and high school that will prepare them to go. I also believe some people who don’t think they want to go to college at 14 might change their mind at 30. Being barred from the door because you didn’t take algebra in high school is an emotional as well as academic barrier to overcome. That being said, there are a lot of jobs out there requiring a college degree that just don’t need one. The receptionist does not need a bachelor’s degree. My kids went to the local vocational technical high school. They took all of the college prep courses they needed, and both went on to college. A lot of their friends went right to work. Some of them are attending college in their 30’s. I’m not sorry my kids went to college, but you know what? They both have careers closer to what they learned in their high school shops than what they majored in at college.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I told you my plan didn’t I? Quite simply, we end High School at 10th grade, the smarties go on to community college for 11th and 12th, the at risk or non-scholars (like me) go to a tech (IT, Electrical, Plumbing, Nursing, etc) school for 11th and 12th. Taxpayers will still cover these expenses. College kids get 2 free years of (core subjects) college, and the rest can begin their jobs (or join the military!) or continue training…..like LPNs to RNs. I took one typing class in hs and that seemed to keep me employed and self supporting til I married (I joke, for money, it was always my career plan 😀 ) Heck my first job at 18 was a staffer on Capitol Hill, my luck, I could type!

        I’m not worried about the smart and motivated kids, they’ll do fine. I’m worried about the kids who drop out at 16-18 because they can’t keep up with their peers and give up. Or the inner city kids who have no other options, teach them a trade. I’ll be happy to support that !

      • WMCB says:

        I’m not opposed to opportunity, in the slightest. No one should be barred from college, or not given the foundation to go if they choose to later on. But I’m in favor of a society that gives opportunity to *everyone*, not just those who are academically inclined. Saying “Well, everyone can be academically inclined if they want” is just plain not true. (Not what you said, I know.)

        And I’d much rather restructure our country to give them trades and jobs, than to put them all on welfare while telling them they can just go to college. No, lots can’t – at least not in a field to get a degree that’s going to be useful in the real world. They’re just not that smart. And there is nothing wrong with being not that smart. Our society is neglecting people who are not (real) college material, but perfectly capable of learning a skill set and reliability.

        I kinda like DeniseVB’s scenario above.

      • votermom says:

        Sorry to go OT, but I want to ask EM & our other TCHer’s for ideas about my younger kid. I think she has a talent/bent for working with her hands – loves legos, loved the 1 week robotics camp she just went to, loves to draw. Like to play chess (but is not a whiz).
        Doesn’t like Math.
        She is a rising 8th grader. She goes to our small school K-12 charter which focuses on college readiness but does not have (money for) a robotics club or a FIRST or FLL team. Our local public HS does have a robotics club & an FLL team, but she says “the kids who go there are scary, please don’t make me go there.” I have been trying for more than a year to find a FIRST or FLL team she could join, but no luck. I’d really like her to be in one because it opens up scholarship opportunities.
        Any ideas how to get her to keep developing her manual/mechanical talents?

        • The Klown says:

          Take her to Hobby Lobby and see if she finds something that interests her.

        • Lulu says:

          Aptitude in drawing, chess (sequential thinking), robotics, and (probably) possibly geometry (love of Legos), I would say try a drafting (CAD) class. This can lead to many fields and all of my kids (and I) took 2 to 4 years in high school. Everyone always thinks of architecture but it is used in so many things such as design, manufacturing, architecture, engineering, cartography and mapping, etc. A friend (who sews for a hobby) who was in drafting in high school with me has been a microprocessor design engineer for decades. Girls can be very, very good at this stuff due to attention to detail. And even if it isn’t her thing she will have picked up some skills.

          • WMCB says:

            Seconded. Drafting has LOTS more industrial applications than architectural ones.

          • votermom says:

            I didn’t think of that. Her school doesn’t have drafting/CAD, though I will ask the art teacher for suggestions.
            Where would be a good place for me to look for a drafting class – the community college?

          • DandyTIger says:

            I totally loved drafting in jr. high school. Second most valuable class I took, typing being the first. All sorts of things learned there. Both on the design, architecture side, and the art side of thing. Really gets them thinking. Just loved that.

          • elliesmom says:

            My dad petitioned the school board for me to allowed to take drafting instead of home ec. He explained I could already cook and sew, but he expected I was going to engineering school with mostly boys who had taken shop classes, and I would be at a disadvantage. I did take drafting, I did go to engineering school, and in my Intro to Engineering class, I drafted a pattern for a dress.
            If there is a FIRST team in your area, she can apply to join. My son’s team was sponsored by the Voc/Tech high school where he went, but not all of the students attended the school. Engineers from local companies mentored the group. I worked at a Challenger Space Center for awhile, and we had summer programs. It’s sort of like a local Space Camp. We had a mock-up of the space station, and kids got to work on there or at “Mission Control”. NASA was heavily involved, and there was definitely outreach to the girls.
            Just as an FYI, a lot of the women I went to engineering school with hated math most of the way through high school. When it became more abstract and less pedantic, they discovered they loved it. Pure math appeals to the artistic brain.

          • Lulu says:

            I didn’t think of that. Our humungo high school has 3000 kids and every class they can think of. I would think a junior college would be best with intro CAD.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Check out LEGO Mindstorms. Goes from LEGOs to robots to programming and design. Fun and games, but learning tons of good stuff.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Also get her steered towards Maker Fair groups and events.

  16. The Klown says:
  17. mothy67 says:

    OT
    For the grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts of little ones I found a great Christmas present if you live near a major city: acting classes with the arts group in the city. They utilize local kids for touring broadway productions. What an amazing chance for a kid. 225 /semester. So I switch from camels to criss cross for cigarettes. Savings of 150/month. Hearing my brat wake up up with a song in her voice priceless. I maybe gone tomorow but hot damn I would trade nothing to have a bit part in her life. My countless mistakes should account for something. I love this chatterbox but I resent some sort of universal create your own baby to feel like you validate yourself.
    How do gheys rationalize saying it is natural to be gay and then say men are obsolete.
    I think gay parents can be good or bad just like straight parents.
    But I am gonna cal it as I see it — how dare you subject a child to your agenda.

    • votermom says:

      I resent some sort of universal create your own baby to feel like you validate yourself

      All parents face that temptation – to see the kid as an extension of themselves, or worse, an accessory. Some never overcome it.
      You’re a good dad.

        • mothy67 says:

          I am confounded by parents that cede their children’s education to the state. I recognize that my situation is not normal and that affords me a certai
          n vista. I was a dirt poor kid who got to run in places far above my station. I sprnt my childhood in a children’s hospital. I am a gay who grew up hard core Catholic. I have been held down and pissed on my face while being told I wanted it.
          Sucks but all I know is I have made a myriad of mistakes in my life that I can blame no one. Beseech my god that I may pass on something.on something I have learned.
          I wish my pup had a mom and dad to come home to. She doesn’t . Boom. Get off the pity train
          Life dealt you a middle aged f a g great uncle and great grandparents. You are going to have to deal.
          Her world will be colored by a lot more than who I sleep with
          Again I agree that a child is best off in a traditional family.
          I have spent almost eight years with a child.
          I have been afraid of being afraid of SIDS or corners or strangers . I do not want not want to pass my fear onto her. So I opt fod Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

          http://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=srpwqf2MWAw

    • WMCB says:

      You have common sense. You do a GREAT job as a single dad in your situation, and are an excellent parent. But you are not so stupid as to say that actively encouraging single parenting, or ALL gay couples adopting, etc, is the very best model in general for children to be raised.

      I was raised by a single mother. She was amazing. No, I still don’t think that’s the best way to raise kids. Both a male and female role model is the BEST model. Other extended family around is also the best model, IMO. That’s not hate, that’s not dissing my mom, that’s not saying that single parents, or gay parents, or whatever, CAN’T do an excellent job. Many do. But it’s still not the ideal model for kids in general. I dont want to either forbid or punish other forms of parenting. Not at all. But no, I will not back down from my assessment that the traditional model (father, mother, and optimally some extended family as well) is generally better for kids.

      • mothy67 says:

        I am flattered but baby is a tribe effort.. I am 47 and put in an apartment in my parents basement for me. No way in hell was this little thing going to become a stat. Karate lessons are amazing. Teaches her to own her anger.
        I love my baby she is not my seed but I could not love her more.
        Little girl blows my mind. She wakes up happy.
        I am not a happy csmper yet somehow I get a bit partcin this person’s life.

  18. mothy67 says:

    wwwc
    I respect you

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  20. mothy67 says:

    Never been much of a Country music fan(Dolly being the exception) Rondstand was my first crush. I thought she was a rock star. Anywho Different Drum by Stone Ponies came up when I did Poor Poor Pitiful Me but alas the Linda version was a no go. So against my better judgement I played Carrie Underwood version. New found respect for her
    http://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=_vEH3blIu18

  21. mothy67 says:

    Linda Rondstadt and Dora thr explorer are the same person.

  22. DandyTIger says:

  23. WMCB says:

    LMAO! This idiot anti-gun group prodiced a domestic violence ad that is supposed to be anti-gun, but serves only to demonstrate why armed women are safer.

  24. mothy67 says:

    I got a free offer for amazon prime that I forgot to cancel. 99/yr which is reasonable for some one like me. I can some times save a quarter by doing ship to store wirh walnart or other big box stores but you have to wait in a line and then make sure it is your order. I hate shopping.
    With the free offer came amazon prime. Ndtflix was bad enough.
    I had not watched TV in thirty years. 24 is streaming . Knew it was a big show when it aired but never saw an episode and did not care I was bored at first but now I am dying to know. I have to say I love binge watching.

    • WMCB says:

      I save money using Amazon Prime. We order a lot of stuff online. It pays for itself at Christmas alone, just for the free shipping.

      • mothy67 says:

        Two day shipping rocks. I bought my mother a spice rack on Monday early and it arrived today. One day. Less than 24 hours.
        I am not impressed by Netflix originals. Kevin Spacey is just not appealing. LGBTLMNO Q shit is boring.
        I did likr season one of Hemlock Grove buf the new season was garbage. I have never read Wuthering Heightd but the first season was a love story about two guys. Not gay but about two loners being friennds.

        —=essentially every love story is the same-

        I found the latest season so lacking. I cared about the characters inseason 1 season 2 i felt like I was watching reape porn.

      • Somebody says:

        Yep mine too, love to let my fingers do the holiday shopping! I’ve been using Amazon since the 90’s. I’m so bummed Amazon now has a facility in Florida so I have to pay sales tax now…..boo hiss.

  25. mothy67 says:

    I wanted to post an article quoting the mayor saying Pittsburgh is now a sanctuary city.i read it he said it. I can find nothing online to back me up. He ssid Pittsburgh is gatting old so we need young illegals to prop up thr system. Just ignore that pensions are under water.

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  27. WMCB says:

    Excellent piece at Ricochet mag:

    • Lulu says:

      That is what Puritanism (which I think Progressivism really is) morphed into. Puritanism has evolved over the last four centuries in North America into whatever it needed to be at that time and retained within its human members memory all of the worst characteristics. They claim to identify with the weak but really it is a means to beat any competitor group over the head with false empathy for the weak who are never in a position to be a competitor economically or socially and stay that way until they manage a means to break away from Puritan Progressivism “protections”.

      From records and writings of early northeast Purtian settlers hatred for natives to Kerry’s learned 1950’s style antisemitism (with summers in France with wealthy collaborators dotted around his parents social mileau) few hate like Purtian Progressives who despise anyone they see as competitors but champion (while hating them at the same time) the weak to keep them that way. The parallels between Cromwell and the current crop of the same people is very interesting.

      • The Klown says:

        A Christmas Carol was Charles Dickens’ critique of Cromwellian money-grubbing Puritanism. Scrooge starts off as an angry and hateful man.

  28. threewickets says:

    Trying to decide who bugs me more: the vile petulant jackasses at FDL, or the juvenile entitled dweebs at VOX. What the hell happened to liberalism.

    • WMCB says:

      It’s seriously mind-boggling, isn’t it? I keep asking myself: “Was this putridity there all along, and I was just blind to it?”

      • threewickets says:

        The relentless hate and the elitism. It just won’t stop. Like they have Tourette’s or something.

  29. mothy67 says:

    Let me die. I have a poker tournament that starts Friday and may run through the weekend. I had not had a drink in months but as they keep the spirits flowing at the gamec I thought I would prep myself Cheap bourbon is my poison of choice or wine and beer. Love Jim Beam with a splash of water or an ice cube. I can sip it all night long with a Yuengling back.
    Hey Zeus Crisco vodka is evil. Goes down far too easily. Me head is throbbing and I wantva bloody mary from scratch.

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