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Thomas Jefferson: Electoral Enthusiasm

Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

I see a lot of enthusiasm on the part of people who want to vote against President Trump.

I also see a lot of enthusiasm on the part of people who want to vote for President Trump.

What I don’t see is even one person with any enthusiasm about voting for Joe Biden.

I’d be more excited to vote for a tent pole than to vote for Biden. I’d be more excited to cast a vote for coronavirus than to vote for Biden.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson: You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Electoral Wind is Blowing

Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

Let me share with you something I read this morning:

A new poll predicts a landslide victory for President Donald Trump this November.

Trump leads Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by 3 percentage points in the latest Democracy Institute/Sunday Express poll 48%-45%, with pollsters predicting Trump will rout Biden in delegates, 309-229, as the president holds a lead over the former vice president in the swing states of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday of this week, Joe Biden restated his support for peaceful protests but, crucially, for the first time, condemned the violence that has been going on for months under the banner of “protesting.”

When a candidate changes his tune three quarters of the way through a race, it is not because he knows he holds a winning hand. It’s because the electoral ground is shifting beneath his feet.

Thomas Jefferson

I Blame Donald Trump


U of Alabama COVID cases

Former Socialists on Socialism


The RNC 2020 speaker who’s made the biggest impact on me thus far is Maximo Alvarez, a Florida businessman whose family fled Cuba when he was 13 years old. Here’s an excerpt:

I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. . . .

Those false promises — spread the wealth, free education, free healthcare, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and community — they don’t sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar. . . .

But the country I was born in is gone – destroyed.

I may be Cuban born, but I am 100-percent American. This is the greatest country in the world. I said this before. If I gave away everything I have today, it would not equal 1 percent of what I was given when I came to this great country of ours: The gift of Freedom.

Many Americans now seem quite glib and sanguine about socialism, free this, free that, sharing all the good things of the land, etc. — but when you talk to someone who’s actually lived in a socialist country, they tell you that they couldn’t wait to get out.

Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion and former resident of the Soviet Union, contributed the following tweet to a discussion of socialism several years ago:

And That’s the Truth: Jacob Blake

Sojourner Truth

[And That’s the Truth is a feature by our guest blogger, Sojourner Truth– PE]

I seen the Jacob Blake video from two or three different angles. From what I can tell, a neighbor called police, told them Blake shouldn’t be there, he took someone’s keys and wouldn’t give em back.

One officer showed up, called for another officer, they called for more officers. They tried to arrest Blake, he wasn’t gonna have it. [Editor’s Note: Mr. Blake had an active arrest warrant related to charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, in connection with domestic abuse.]

They tasered him, tried to physically subdue him, he gets up, walks around his car, opens the driver-side door and leans inside.

What’s he got inside the car? I don’t know but I don’t aim to find out by having him pick it up and kill me with it.

I got another video for you. It’s pretty similar. Guy resisting arrest, gets tasered, physically subdued . . . the cops can’t get him into a position to get cuffs on him. Then they let him walk around his car, lean in the driver side, he pulls out a gun and starts shooting, then drives off.

And that’s why I ain’t lettin Blake get into that car. I’m sorry but I don’t care how many people take a knee, if one of us is gotta be killed then I prefer that it be him. His kids was in that car! What was his plan? Get in the car and speed off? That ain’t a good plan! He’s a danger to hisself, to those kids and everyone in the community.

I’ve heard black parents say they teach their boys to fear the cops. If they asked me, I’d say teach em not to abuse women, not to sexually assault women, not to resist arrest, have your day in court. Teach em it’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

And that’s the Truth!

I Blame Donald Trump


On this date, Aug. 24, in the year 79 A.D., an estimated 20,000 people died when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash.

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
View of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

DNC 2020 Notes (So Far)

  • It’s too bad Barack Obama wasn’t president of the United States for 8 years because he would have been able to fix all these systemic problems he seems to think we have.
  • I get that convention speakers are expected to take shots at the incumbent but at some point don’t they have to address why Donald Trump’s tweets are more of a threat to our democracy than cities in flames, anarchy in the streets, looting, rioting and police departments being shut down?
  • I live in California. We’re currently having rolling blackouts in 100-degree heat, in part because we are increasing reliance on wind power, which is greeny-green-green but also unpredictable and unreliable. Our governor, Gavin Newsom, who can’t keep the lights on despite skyrocketing taxes, got a speaking slot at the convention (although fellow Californian Willie Brown did not) hand over mouth

Michelle Obama Fact-Checked by Associated Press


Michelle Obama Fact-Checked by Associated Press Over Kids and ‘Cages’ Remark

Surprising! Normally as a Democrat you really have to go off the rails to motivate a media organization to fact-check you.

“Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age,” AP fact-checkers said.

It noted that photos of children in housing centers that were circulated by Democratic officials online to criticize Trump were actually taken in 2014.

These pictures actually “depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama,” AP said.

The “ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages” distortion was the most urgent issue in the world right up till the day everyone forgot about it, so why the AP is fact-checking it at this late date I do not know, but better late than never I guess . . .

Be Prepared

Norman Rockwell Boy Scout

An ad comes on the radio for a lawyer offering to sue the Boy Scouts on behalf of anyone molested by a scout leader . . .

“I was in the scouts. I wasn’t molested though. Or maybe I was molested so traumatically that I’ve blocked it out of my mind. What was that guy’s number again?”

“What are you talking about?”

“I like to ‘Be Prepared’ for financial opportunities.”

Weekend at Biden’s


I have a sense that Joe Biden is already dead and the Dems are trying to pull off a Weekend at Bernie’s scenario . . . just keep moving him around from place to place and propping him up . . .

Joe Biden

“Mostly Peaceful”


Portland mayor says protesters are ‘attempting to commit murder’ and helping Trump’s reelection campaignLos Angeles Times

I’m not sure how those two things go together but look, Mr. Mayor (is this the “Summer of Love” mayor or is that in Seattle?), you’re not going out on a limb by taking a stand against murder. Pretty much everyone is opposed to murder.

But if you’d enforced at some point over the last couple months the laws against lesser offenses like assault, theft and destruction of property, the state of affairs in your city wouldn’t have deteriorated to this point.

You now look like a fool saying “Someone should do something about this!” Like who, the mayor?

Portland riots

Why Are You Crying So Sadly?


One late autumn night, the disciple awoke crying.

So the master asked the disciple, “Did you have a nightmare?”


“Did you have a sad dream?”

“No,” said the disciple. “I had a sweet dream.”

“Then why are you crying so sadly?”

The disciple wiped his tears away and quietly answered, “Because the dream I had can’t come true.”

Down in the Pleasure Center


What percentage of Americans get more pleasure from calling people racists than from having an orgasm? I’ll estimate 35 but I feel like that may be low . . .

I Am in the Herd, and a Coward


And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, merited figure, or a general — let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and warm.

— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

Closer to Fine


And I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine

— Indigo Girls, “Closer to fine”

Dilbert: Reasonable Assumptions



Biden Is Not Available


Four Existential Questions

  1. Can I eat it?
  2. Can I have sex with it?
  3. Can it kill me?
  4. Can I buy it at a discount?

People I Thought Were Dead


About 19 years ago, I published the first version of People I Thought Were Dead.

As of yesterday, July 25, 2020, with the death of Olivia De Havilland of natural causes at the age of 104, all of those people are now actually deceased.