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On “Sunday Morning! The Art Life of David Lynch

I agree with Blue Velvet and Raging Bull, but I have no love for E.T. (and think it is a very subpar movie for Speilberg.) I know that puts me very much on the outside of my/our generation, but that movie gave me a particular loathing of wish-fulfillment fantasies.

On “Weekend Plans Post: The Best Man

I just realized, I was a groomsman once, and that marriage has lasted 26 years! Wholey Cow! I was a best man once also, and while that marriage lasted 14 years, it did not end well. At all. So...

In the middle of painting my house, so I got that going for me, which is nice.

On “The Worst Day: My Story of Poly Royal, 1990

If that peace table was in the '80s, I was often around. By the way (and this is a long, long shot) but in that case, did you know Bruce and Tammy?

On “The Democratic Debate: Houston Has Problems, Plans, and Candidates for President

I disagree about the wave, as you can't lose ground in one of the field at play, as they did in the Senate. If they picked up a seat or so, I would agree that it was such a thing, but, with the loses, no.

Close though.

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And maybe that would happen. But, at least two of those polls had HRC by 4 points. And where is she now?

But, looking at those polls, they are 14 months out from the election, there isn't a single person to focus on, they haven't been in a debate with Trump, and so on. They mean nothing. Or, everything. Take your pick. Choose wisely.

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My views on it? They ran a good solid campaign, on a generally economic populist platform. They weren't running on a "We are gonna take your stuff away" platform like now. It wasn't a wave, but very in line with what happens two years into a presidency. I do think the Mueller report not coming out yet helped them a lot. But that is just a feeling.

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Polling before the '18 election had the D's doing substantially better than the R's in these same categories. And in that election, they ran as populists. As they have dropped to these levels in the time since it seems they have changed. Which is what I am witnessing, along with the people the polling samples.

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So, ICE (a federal law enforcement agency) is building an updated version of Hogans Alley, which the FBI (another fed LEA) has been using for over 50 years. And this is news how? And has anything to do with what I wrote?

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Yet Democrats are frittering away their advantage — and damaging their image. Last fall, most Americans had a favorable view of the Democratic Party, according to the Pew Research Center. That makes sense, because Democrats ran a populist campaign in the 2018 midterms, focused on pocketbook issues that dominate many people’s lives, like wages and medical costs.

This year, the polling has flipped. Most Americans now have an unfavorable view of the party, no better than their view of the Republican Party. Likewise, slightly more voters say the “ideas being offered by the Democratic candidates” would hurt the country than say would help, according to the NPR poll.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/opinion/democrats-2020-trump.html Emp. added.

That was from a week ago, and it is the NYT, but I think that illustrates better than anything I have seen what these "Debates" are showing America. The D's are no longer anywhere near moderates, centrists or any other such label. They have run straight into the maw of the hard left, much like the R's did in times past. Beto the Fool, first of his name, strongly illustrates this. It is plain that many of these candidates, and I use that term loosely, are simply fundraising for the next election that they actually have a chance of winning. And they are dragging the party down with them.

The party needs to turn this ship around, and quickly.

On “The Case For Detroit Pizza

"...here in the Mitten."

Just last night, my wife, who was born in Dearborn Heights, referred to the state as the hand. And that she was from the palm. Being a California kid, I had never heard of this before.

On “Thursday Throughput for 9/12/19

Thth-7 Maybe it is stronger, as there is no link for 5 and 7 and 9...

On “Wednesday Writs for 9/11: Willie Francis is Executed, Twice

So, Boston. Tech center of the east coast. And no one has a cell phone camera turned on the cops? Even when they have a record of violence?

Yeah, calling bullshit on that.

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"An acquittal isn’t a finding of innocence anyway, as we are frequently reminded. It just means such evidence as exists leaves some room for doubt."

No, if you are not proven guilty, you are innocent, in the eyes of the law. And in the end, that is all that matters. It is no longer a point of public record, you don't have to put anything down in an application, etc. Can people still feel that you are guilty? Of course, but they can do that no matter what the law says or doesn't say. You, for instance, seem to feel that the cops here are guilty. As is your right.

I agree that cops are not held account often enough, but there has to be a start of the process, and that start is the public record. Again, with no trial, nothing put down to record. I, not having been there, want the public record to reflect any video evidence that might arise, verbal testimony from any witnesses, and so on. I want it to show that if there was a police camera, that it was turned on or off, as that affects my opinion. The previous record of police violence by the officers in question. Any previous arrests of the defendants, if they are pertinent. And so on.

In other words, build a case, convince me that what you are saying, that it was the police who were the instigators, is the truth. Right now? That isn't the case.

And if the police are perjuring themselves, than electing a DA, one who is sympathetic to the cause of increasing police accountability, is the way to go. One who will hold those officers accountable and will investigate these claims.

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So, no chance for the truth to come out.

Well, OK then.

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I absolutely think we should investigate police misconduct. The first place to start would be at trial. As some have already been arrested, and they have counsel provided, a trial should provide all the facts necessary. Presumption of innocence and such means that the police would have to prove their case, and it would allow the defense to bring counter-evidence. I am sure, in this day and age, there is video of the misconduct. Waving charges will both not allow us to find any culprits and will allow rumors to flow, in both directions.

As far as this being an editorial, I could care less, as it is saying what they were being charged with. And that is surely not in question, as then we wouldn't be here.

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Link:
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/09/03/call-ugliness-and-violence-what-it-is/

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Wait, scratch that last sentence, that was from an earlier incident.

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Large scale intimidation and thuggery was on display on the streets of Boston this weekend as antifa and other extreme leftists bullied and harassed anyone they deemed divergent from their groupthink. They spit and punched and yelled hateful things at law enforcement and by Saturday night there were 36 arrests and 4 injured officers, according to Boston police. Nine people face charges of assault and battery on police officers.

-Boston Herald

Apparently they were throwing rocks and bags of urine at officers.

On “Call Me Dr….

Very nice!

Now, since you are a doctor, I have this pain, in my knee...

On “Sunday Morning! Two by Hubert Selby Jr.

The staccato has been toned WAY down, I never minded the black/grey morality (indeed, I think it is one of the features that really elevates him when it is done well) but what really bugged me was the ret-conning and stuffing every old character in some sort of pigeon hole.

It flows a lot better, seems to have a strong backbone, but it does need some of the rather silly retconing due to being in a series and having to work around those characters. I will probably go back and reread the last one, just to connect all the dots. Overall, I would say someone got a talking to.

On “Pineapple Pizza is an abomination in the Eyes of The Lord.

I love pineapple on pizza. Ham is gross, as that is no way to eat pork (seriously, sugar-cured is just nasty. Salt cured or GTFO.) So, you have to have it with pepperoni.

But you know what is even better? Jalapeno and anchovies. Now thats amore!

On “Sunday Morning! Two by Hubert Selby Jr.

Somewhere around here, I think I have a copy of Last Exit... Never read any of his works though, it has never seemed the right time. Back in my logistics days, one of the forklift drivers loved his work and was always wanting to talk about it. I never got the impression that it was voyeuristic for him, but a genuine love of the worlds and writing Selby created with. I do understand what you mean with the comparison the Dostoyevski, as the search for a more purposeful and fulfilling life does drive many to the heights of madness and despair. The release of those twined mental states is often the most crushing.

Finished Death Ship, not sure what I think of it outside the usual Class Warfare aspects. It is better than Lady Chattelys Lover, which was so heavy-handed whenever politics are brought up that I had to put it aside. Nowhere near as good as his short stories. Still reading the new Elroy, and as I said, much better than the last one. He still has the loose ends from that one running around a little (both books are part of a series) but has done a lot to get rid of the things that made the last one for the worse. I also have a stack of Lafcadio Hearn books that I am reading snippets of. An absolutely fascinating perspective. He was a Greek/Irish writer who emigrated to Japan in the 1890s.

On “Weekend Plans Post: Stumbling into Autumn

I am heading to Portland tomorrow, as I need to pick up a few things, and I am going to visit an old friend from HS who lives up there. I hadn't been telling people that I was in the state (especially as this seems to be where everyone ended up after they fled SF.) Other than that, I am slowly working on repainting the trim on the house. And at the same time, fixing any and all dry rot issues and assorted f-ups by the previous owners*.

*Its a 100yo house. There have been many owners and many make-do situations over those years.

On “Tuna Pizza, the Spice of Social Media

This sounds kinda good. I am not one known for being a food experimenter, I find most of that just silly. But, I live with a food obsessive, and every once in awhile I like to throw her for a loop.

Also, pepperoni and pineapple is a wonderful combination.