32 thoughts on “Apathetic vs Empathetic Turnout?”

  1. Interesting that the 538 Senate trend lines crossed around August 1 and have basically reversed over the past 4 months. Sounds like GOP Senate candidates reached their best-if-used-by date around August 1 and they have gotten less and less palatable since. 

  2. Sturg you’re right that the aftermath of hurricanes (or similar storms) is often a bigger problem than the storm strike. A few summers ago we had a sting line of thunderstorms and tornado level winds that knocked power out for a week in mid 90s weather. Pain in the ass. 

  3. more apoplectic than apathetic is the vengeful former guy.  if everyone is having at it at his backside including lindsey and even bon jovi as well as ron, it proves he really has an xtra xtra large fat butt or a very long queue lined up behind him wherever he goes. 

    he warned us about this affliction back in 2016

  4. True dat, Poobah.  Between generators sitting next to windows pumping CO into the house and people trying to use gas stoves to heat (when it’s related to cold weather storm) asphyxiations aren’t that uncommon. And really, what homeowners know how to connect a generator to their electrical panel (although I admittedly haven’t seen much in the way of electrocution deaths from home generators)?  
     
    Bink, nah, politics aside I don’t want my friends to get blown away in Florida – they put us up for a week while our power was out following the storms I mentioned above and even provided freezer space for the food we needed to store or lose.  Plus, the guy friend gave me a job when I wanted to go back into litigation rather than corporate law and the woman was like a second mother to LP in high school, where she was the principal of his school, and their kid is one of his oldest friends. And he’s got a remarkable bourbon collection.

  5. was just a joke, pogo, don’t give a shit✌️

    The tldr on the Meloni article, btw, is that nothing in her record indicates she would be a pawn of Putin, and the US cooperates with a lot of regimes that are much further right than would be palatable to the average American. As for immigration, all of Europe is shifting or has shifted right on that

  6. The right shift on immigration in Europe is interesting.  I don’t see new problems.  Is it just people tired of the old problems or is it something new.

  7. KGC,
     
    …disregarding 3000 years of European tribalism, the Syrian refugee crisis created by Putin’s destruction of that country through Russian intervention in their civil war strained Europe’s ability to manage the influx, has a lot to do with it 

  8. Jupiter has been ruling the heavens all summer, it’s the bright blue one high and south 
     
    If you find Putin’s war in Ukraine offensive, you should see what he did to Syria, except no one stopped him that time.  Entire cities flattened, heartbreaking stuff
     
    ok enough outta me 

  9. https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/26/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/index.html

    “The new aim appears to be for a so-called growth recession: A prolonged period of meager growth and rising unemployment. The pain is sharper and lasts longer than that of a soft landing, but a “growth” recession doesn’t pull the entire economy into contraction the way a proper recession would. It looks like a recession, and feels like a recession, but it isn’t a recession — at least not officially.”

  10. Now here’s a stupid photo
    Photos Proving You Can't Fix Stupid
    It’s from one of those popups at WaPo entitled Photos Proving You Can’t Fix Stupid. Looks that way, too.

  11. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/26/texas-1836-project-pamphlet/

    “A committee charged with producing a “patriotic” telling of Texas history approved a 15-page pamphlet last month that will now be distributed to new Texas drivers.”

    “The creation of the committee was largely a conservative backlash to The New York Times’ publication of “The 1619 Project,” which was named after the year enslaved people first arrived on American soil and aimed to center slavery in conversations about U.S. history.”

    “[The pamphlet’s authors] are trying to create the simplified Manifest Destiny story that fits this older myth of white Americans coming in and basically building Texas,” Gonzales said. “And when you do that, then you silence everybody else that participated in the history of Texas.”

    “…the Indigenous population significantly outnumbered American settlers in 1836, Gonzales said. The stretch of land from the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo was also once one of the most economically successful Spanish settlements…”

    “When it comes to the state’s economy, the pamphlet zeros in on the oil industry. The discovery of oil “ushered in a period of remarkable transformation,” the pamphlet says. It characterizes the wildcatter and oil derrick as “Texas icons.”

    “Cotton continues to be the state’s largest agricultural export and is responsible for thousands of jobs across sectors, such as ginning companies, warehouses and oil mill processing plants.”

    “The 1836 Project pamphlet mentions oil five times. It never mentions cotton.”

    “The pamphlet “ignores the reality that cotton production and poverty long characterized much of the Texas economy after the Civil War and through 1940.”

    “Ramos, the history professor at the University of Houston, said the pamphlet’s treatment of slavery is an example of how the document takes a passive, ambiguous approach to inequity and oppression that doesn’t hold Americans who participated in institutions accountable.”

    “The pamphlet, he said, is a document birthed out of a political process and should be read as such.”

  12. pat, all those people up T****’s ass – they’ll probably find his head there – seems that’s where it’s been for years.

  13. Sitting in Beltway traffic this evening I listened to a few of the warnings to evacuate mid-Florida.  One was right on.  A woman telling people to leave and find somewhere to stay because evacuation shelters are not nice.  Yup.  Those be what I run when I am in Florida managing a shelter.  Think of a thousand of your newest friends sitting on their cots, right next to yours.  Think of finding out who snores (loud enough to case basset hounds to join in).  Think of lining up for every meal and learning you are eating MRE’s for the next two weeks. Yum. 

  14. Plus, covid is still a thing.  Crowding together like that sounds especially treacherous.   

    The local news just said fighter jets were being mixed from FL to North Texas.

  15. “This would be the kind of life-threatening storm surge that would be kind of our worst-case scenario for the Tampa Bay area,” Keily Delerme, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told USA TODAY on Monday.
     
     
     
    He’s gonna slow down  as he nears the West coast , packing 140 mph winds .
    Driving a 10 ft storm surge into Tampa Bay. 
     
    This will be ugly .

  16. Sand Bagging –
    Once again we see clips of the gator people filling sand bags. Now remember this, people are in lines for everything. But in Fla. , for 15 sandbags it”s still the 14th century . The county  dumps out the sand. You bring the shovel, a woman  keels holding the bag open. You try to hit the opening. 
    This was Fla. today , for people needing sandbags. I watched this same story years ago  with inmates  from the county jail. Needless to say  they were’t very fast. 
    So I drew up a simple tool to  move things a long . 
    Any sheet metal shop can bend it.  Cheaply . 
    I found the first drawings , the legs of  this thing are  made out of  old folks “Walkers”. 
     
    Meanwhile  in Fargo they have a machine  called “The Spider” . It’s in a county  barn , and when they need it , they draft the high kids to man it .   And they love it. 
    The  Lab of  the satates,
     
     
     
     

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