Dec 13, 2016 Alden commented on White Media Outlets Are Trying Not to Blame White Rural Voters For Shooting Themselves in the Foot.
What good would my sympathy do them anyhow?

Its obvious as a matter of practical politics that if the cost of pursuing these voters is the betrayal or rejection of the urban constituencies that form the core of the Democratic Party, then that cost is too high. People want to talk as if these are votes the Democrats simply left on the table out of neglect but that's wrong - the would have been a price to pay for picking them up.

And further, those White Rural Voters who pulled the lever for Trump couldn't have pulled off the win without all those well educated, white collar, "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" who also pulled the lever for Trump in the suburbs of Milwaukee and Philadelphia. These are voters who should have known better.
Dec 13, 2016 Alden commented on County Council Appoints Rebecca SaldaƱa to State Senate.
@6 And here I thought it was economic anxiety. *eyeroll*

People and their just so stories, arg.
Dec 9, 2016 Alden commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Cool Kicks Lead To Cheap Punch.
The Sharing Economy
Dec 8, 2016 Alden commented on The Morning News: Eastern Washington Wants to Become Its Own State, Snow Is Expected Today.
All we have to do is abolish the US Senate and Electoral College and people can set up states however the mood takes them. Heck, get rid of them entirely - just Federal and County, what more do we need?

All anybody uses state governments for is venue shopping.
Dec 6, 2016 Alden commented on Will Trump Kill Legal Weed?.
There are quite a few other things Red and Blue america agree on - the preservation of Medicare and Social Security, for example. But that doesn't mean the incoming government won't try to destroy those things anyhow - there are other constituencies (malefactors of great wealth, rich crackpot ideologues, etc) that want them destroyed.

The War on Drugs is a very important jobs program for the rural working class - somebody has to guard all those prisoners. And Jeff Sessions was even turned off the Klan when he found out they smoked pot - its one of his most famous quotations!

Hell if I know what's going to happen, but if there's anything this recent election taught us its that popular will is not the most important contributor to how things turn out.
Dec 5, 2016 Alden commented on Recount Update: Jill Stein's Quixotic Battle For Democracy Continues Apace and Yeah, She Still Wants Your Money.
Certainly the Republicans would recognize scams to raise money when they see them. How much bank you suppose they've made off the War on Christmas alone?

Jill Stein is ridiculous but if she and the Greens want a recount, whatever. Its not like they need my permission.
Dec 5, 2016 Alden commented on Senator Patty Murray: Ben Carson Is the "Wrong Choice" to Lead Housing and Urban Development.
Its not like anybody is going to write a post about how Patty Murray is wrong and Ben Carson will be a great Secretary because blah, blah, blah. Not when they can dash off a rickety charge of hypocricy-zzzzzzzzz. Its the one size fits all snark.

Go Patty Murray.
Dec 3, 2016 Alden commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Jill Stein and the DEMONocracy.
Since Truman, a party has held the White House for three terms one time - its a very hard thing to do. It *almost* happened a second time with Clinton but Trump threaded a series of needles and blundered into a freak win - the weirdest presidential vote in history.

Then everybody goes rushing back to construct a bunch of just so stories that explain why this outcome was inevitable - "this thing that I've been saying for years the Democrats should do, if only they'd done it they'd have won! Its obvious!". And then people quarrel about who's counterfactual, alternate history, parallel universe is the best. Its such a crock.
Dec 2, 2016 Alden commented on Trump Voter Rudely Woke Month After Trump Wins Election.
Every person I know who voted for Trump did so in spite of the fact that Trump was the nominee. That is to say, they are people who always vote Republican and even Donald fucking Trump was not enough to deter them from doing it yet again. And every single one of them is already washing their hands of it and saying they never wanted him anyhow and spinning bizarre tales for how Donald Trump is the fault of the Democrats (!!!)

What a world. I imagine that a couple years from now when the question of the day has become "Who rules Bartertown?", they'll retroactively impeach Barack Obama.