Dark times all around but there are still people out there who love you

Do not hurt yourself, do not hurt others, get help, talk to someone, anyone. Humanity has survived before and we can do it now if we all just support each other. My country and my people let me down and endangered my life but there’s nothing I or anyone else can do about that so let’s try to spread the love that is so clearly lacking.

They just said Trump is 918 votes ahead in Florida.

918. That’s the size of the junior class at my high school.

That’s you, third party voters. You are jeopardizing the safety of the entire country for the sake of your fucking protest vote.

I swear to god, if Trump wins by 1000 votes…

Fuck third party voters.



For years, conservatives have been telling us that a healthy business-friendly economy depends on low taxes, few regulations, and low wages. Are they right?

We’ve had an experiment going on here in the United States that provides an answer.

At the one end of the scale are Kansas and Texas, with among the nation’s lowest taxes, least regulations, and lowest wages.

At the other end is California, featuring among the nation’s highest taxes, especially on the wealthy; lots of regulations, particularly when it comes to the environment; and high wages.

So according to conservative doctrine, Kansas and Texas ought to be booming, and California ought to be in the pits.

Actually, it’s just the opposite. For years now, Kansas’s rate of economic growth has been the worst in the nation. Last year its economy actually shrank.  Texas hasn’t been doing all that much better. Its rate of job growth has been below the national average. Retail sales are way down. The value of Texas exports has been dropping.

But what about so-called over-taxed, over-regulated, high-wage California? California leads the nation in the rate of economic growth — more than twice the national average. In other words, conservatives have it exactly backwards.

So why are Kansas and Texas doing so badly? And California so well?

Because taxes enable states to invest in their people – their education and skill-training, great research universities that spawn new industries and attract talented innovators and inventors worldwide, and modern infrastructure.

That’s why California is the world center of high-tech, entertainment, and venture capital.

Kansas and Texas haven’t been investing nearly to the same extent.

California also provides services to a diverse population including many who are attracted to California because of its opportunities.

And California’s regulations protect the public health and the state’s natural beauty, which also draws people to the state – including talented people who could settle anywhere.

Wages are high in California because the economy is growing so fast employers have to pay more for workers. And that’s not a bad thing. After all, the goal isn’t just growth. It’s a high standard of living.

Now in fairness, Texas’s problems are also linked to the oil bust. But that’s really no excuse because Texas has failed to diversify its economy. And here again, it hasn’t made adequate investments.

California is far from perfect. A housing shortage has been driving rents and home prices into the stratosphere. And roads are clogged. Much more needs to be done.

But overall, the contrast is clear. Economic success depends on tax revenues that go into public investments, and regulations that protect the environment and public health. And true economic success results in high wages.

So the next time you hear a conservative say “low taxes, few regulations, and low wages are the keys to economic business-friendly success, just remember Kansas, Texas, and California.

The conservative formula is wrong.

quick update on some key states:

Florida is pretty much tied.

Florida, which has 29 electoral votes up for grabs, is slightly leaning in Clinton’s favor — but not by much. A RealClearPolitics average of polls has Clinton at 47.7% to Trump’s 46.8%, which is a statistical tie.

Clinton may have the overall edge, however, as she is leading Trump in early voting, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Trump is favored to win Ohio.

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog has Trump at a 64.2% chance of winning the state’s 18 electoral votes. Although the race is tight, RealClearPolitics has Trump up nearly 2 points in an average of polls. Trump is at 46.6%, while Clinton is at 45%.

North Carolina is leaning in Trump’s favor.

In the swing state of North Carolina, Trump has the slight lead, 47.8% to Clinton’s 46%. FiveThirtyEight gives Trump a 50.4% chance of winning the state, but Clinton is certainly not far behind.

Who’s going to win? The NY Times and FiveThirtyEight show different odds for Clinton.
States find new ways to troll Trump
Lawmakers are getting creative in their attempts to mock, challenge and repudiate the president. By NATASHA KORECKI

A California lawmaker is demanding Melania Trump’s immigration records. New Hampshire lawmakers have introduced a resolution demanding a federal probe into Trump University and “illegal financial or business dealings in which President TRUMP may have been involved.”

In Illinois, legislators are calling for an investigation into “Russian interference” in the 2016 election — they’ve also drafted a formal invitation to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, inviting him to their chambers to speak about the potential ill-effect that a border wall could have on Mexico-Illinois relations.

In case it wasn’t clear, blue-state legislatures are not only in full frontal rebellion against President Donald Trump, they’re trolling him.

Since gaveling in this year, legislatures in states that went for Hillary Clinton have proposed a flood of laws or resolutions that mock, challenge or repudiate some of the most controversial aspects of Trump’s presidency. Some are designed for the sole purpose of needling Trump by reminding him that he lost the popular vote, or that his for-profit school “Trump University” has been under legal attack for years or that a state’s own relations with Mexico are strong.

Read more here