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Losing by the numbers.

Numbers don’t lie. They are not fake or a hoax.

2 is more than 1; 3 is more than 2; 4 is more than 3.

That is a mathematical fact not subject to debate.

Hope you can, and will, follow the science here.

Political elections are decided by numbers; specifically, by the number of ballots cast.

President Donald J. Trump says the 74,196,153 votes he received in the 2020 presidential election are the most votes any incumbent president has ever received.

That is a fact—a rare truth uttered by the president.

However, President-Elect Joe Biden received 81,255,933 votes in that same election—that is 7,059,780 more votes than President Trump received making him the “winner” of the election.

That is a fact—a truth supported by a host of federal agencies, federal and state law enforcement officials, and even by a “few” of the president’s political allies.

Here is another fact: in addition to Joe Biden running against President Trump in the 2020 election, there were an additional 34 candidates from across the country representing a host of other political parties or ideologies who ran against the president.

That is, I suspect, the most opposition candidates challenging any incumbent president.

These 34 candidates received 2,481,109 votes against Trump. There was also an additional 169,000-plus write-in votes cast against the president.

This is a fact: 9,708,889 more people in the 2020 election voted against Trump than voted for him.

This is yet another fact: in the 2016 presidential election President Trump received 62,979,636 votes while Hilary Clinton received 65,844,610 votes—a loss margin of 2,864,974 in the popular vote. Three other candidates in that election received 6,678,550 votes. That means 9,543,524 more people voted against Trump in 2016 than voted for him, although he managed to win the presidency with 306 Electoral College votes.

Here is the final scientific, mathematical fact in this post: President Trump has faced the American people in two presidential elections. Each time more than 9.5 million Americans voted against him than voted for him. That’s a total of 19,252,413 more Americans who did not want Trump as their president.

Those are the numbers. They do not lie.

“Read ‘em and weep” as the Gambler says.

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“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

The phrase literally means we should not prejudge the value or significance of something by its outward appearance.

The wife and I love oleander plants. We have seven planted in front of our home. They produce beautiful red and white blossoms.

LiveScience reports that the Nerium oleander produces “crimson, magenta or creamy white” blossoms. Its outward appearance is incredibly beautiful, but, as LiveScience says, it is “one of the most toxic plants in the world.” From stem to its sap, the plant is “incredibly poisonous” whose ingestion, or even inhalation of its smoke, can be fatal.

So, my advice is “don’t judge a Nerium oleander by its cover.”

The same can be said about most but certainly not all people.

For example, if you look at media photos of a Trump attorney (reportedly disavowed) named Sidney Powell, a QAnon conspiracy theory follower, you would almost instantly conclude that she has serious mental health challenges in need of immediate therapeutic attention.

But that would be judging a book by its cover. When she opens her mouth, however, and speaks about the 2020 presidential election, she leaves no doubt that she is utterly, absolutely, totally “batshit crazy.”

Consider one of her latest public statements aired on the December 1st Rachel Maddow Show:

“Dear Mr. President

“WE will not stand by and watch Foreign and Domestic enemies further destroy our Constitutional Republic.

“Eighty or more million of us request that you use the Insurrection Act, suspend the December Electoral College Vote, and set up Military Tribunals immediately to properly investigate and resolve the cyber warfare 11-3-20 election issue.

“Further, we request you suspend the Jan 6 GA Senate Runoff Race, and January Inauguration until this issue is resolved.

“Respectfully,

“We The People”

Powell, and her legion of Deep State conspiracy theory associates, would like the 2020 presidential election declared “null and void,” have all Republicans who say the election was fair and honest summarily executed, install military tribunals with the power to investigate and summarily execute all Democrats who participated in the voting process, install the President for life, and force every Democrat in the country to be branded with “Make America Great Again” across their foreheads.

That is Sidney Powell’s definition of a “Constitutional Republic.”

Sidney Powell looks batshit crazy and is, in fact, batshit crazy—a term the Urban Dictionary defines as a person who is “certifiably nuts.”

That is where we are folks!

Honest and loyal Republicans, who have testified to the honesty of the 2020 presidential election, being threatened, the lives of their families being threatened, and their professional careers being destroyed by other Republicans so far adrift in extremism that there will never be a rational lifeline that can return them to the shores of reality.

They are, for want of a better description, incurably batshit crazy.

Worse yet, somewhere between 5o to 70 percent of so-called honest, rational Republicans do not believe the 2020 presidential election was “free and fair.” This despite the fact that the nation’s Republican-controlled intelligence community, the FBI, the Justice Department, a  dozen or more federal and state judges (some appointed by Trump), a laundry list of Republican governors, officials, and legislators have all declared that the election was both free and fair.

I suspect, and with a long history to support the suspicion, that the Republicans (most of who are white) do not believe the election was “free and fair” because so any black people exercised their constitutional right to vote.

And, now amidst all this batshit crazy social and racial anger, hate, and hostility, America must confront and deal with a deadly virus pandemic that has also gone batshit crazy.

So if you see someone that looks batshit crazy, I suggest you assume they are.

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The Death Penalty

There are “8 million reasons” why the death penalty should be abolished.

I will discuss only one of those reasons in this post. Not enough time to deal with the rest of the reasons today.

Inequality—the selection, imposition and executing of death sentences are not applied equally.

Take the case of Orlando Hall as an example.

On November 20, 2020, the federal government put Hall to death by lethal injection in the death chamber at the Terre Haute Federal Penitentiary in Indiana.

In September 1994, Hall and four other men—all of whom were part of an Arkansas-based marijuana drug ring—kidnapped a 16-year-old teenager in Dallas, Texas in response to a drug deal gone sour with her bothers. Over the next several days the men raped and abused the teenager multiple times.

They took the young girl with them to Arkansas where the sexual abuse continued. Hall and three of the men then took the teenager to a remote area where Hall and another man beat her about the head before they all buried her alive in a grave.

It was a horrific crime. No doubt about that.

Two of the men—Hall and Bruce Webster—were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Hall was tried in federal court while Webster was tried in an Arkansas state court. The other three men were given reduced sentences after they agreed to be witnesses for the prosecution.

On September 20, 2020—exactly two months before Hall was put to death—a federal appeals court vacated Webster’s death sentence, finding that he was “intellectually disabled.”

Here are the core facts of this case: five men took part in the kidnapping and rape of the teenage girl while four of them took part in her murder.

Only one of the five men was put to death. Three got preferential treatment from prosecutors because they became government witnesses. In other words, these three men got on the witness stand, mitigated their roles in the offense, and pointed the finger of primary responsibility at Hall and Webster. Prosecutors responded to this witness cooperation by saying, “Okay, good job – now, here’s your get out of jail free pass. Go and kill no more.”

Webster was spared his appointment with the lethal injection needle when a federal court determined that he is “intellectually disabled.” In other words, Webster was spared execution because he lacked the intellectual ability to understand what the death needle is used for.

Hall, on the other hand, was penalized by the federal government because he had the intellectual ability to understand exactly what the death needle is used for.

In effect, Orlando Hall was treated unequally from the other four men involved in the same crime—three of whom got differing reduced sentences because they “snitched” and Webster was spared actual execution because, as the condemned man put it, “what’s that needle for” while Hall was executed for no other real reason than he said, “I know what that goddamn needle is used for.”

If you put three primates in a room and gave each pen & paper, they could not devise a more unequal punishment than the death penalty as it was applied in the case of Orlando Hall.

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Facebook

A social media platform pockmarked with social lunatics and political idiots. More cogent conversations can be heard in the recesses of American prisons than some of those exchanged in Facebook posts.

I haven’t said anything in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Did not want to gloat or poke fingers in the eyes of the losers.

The election did teach Americans and the rest of the world one simple truth: that as a society, Americans are roiled in racism of every stripe and culturally divided to an extent that may well be irreparable.

But leave it to a stupid mother…ker like Paul Ewell to bring me out of my shell of social silence.

Ewell was the former dean of the Virginia Wesleyan University Global Campus until he was forced to resign in the wake of the following Facebook post (since deleted):

“If you were ignorant, anti-American, and anti-Christian enough to vote for Biden, I really don’t want to be your social friend on social media. I wouldn’t hang out with you in real life, I don’t want to hang out with you virtually either. You have corrupted the election. You have corrupted our youth. You have corrupted our country. I have standards and you don’t meet them. Please remove yourself.”

This quote was, according to CNN, first reported by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

I don’t know anything about this Wesleyan University or Paul Ewell. His Facebook post tells me all I need to know about him and the university that hired him.

Roughly 150 million Americans made their choice. Our own intelligence watchdog agencies have informed us that the 2020 election was the most secure and honest election in modern American history.

More people chose Biden over Trump. It was their fundamental constitutional right to make that choice. Paul Ewell has a First Amendment right to say or feel whatever he wants but there are consequences to masturbating in public. Ask former CNN analyst Jeffery Toobin.

Ewell was not expressing a free speech right; rather he was publicly shaking his dick at any and all those who voted for Joe Biden.

Who in this world could possibly give a single penny worth a damn about whether they meet Paul Ewell’s “standards”, or the standards of any other like-minded individuals.

But, sadly, there is not only a Facebook audience for the hate-driven speech of Paul Ewell but a larger public marketplace for it in today’s America.

I’ve said my piece; namely, that I am not a friend of Paul Ewell and all those who share his point of view.

Now, I’ve got more urgent things to do. There is a small herd of deer, most of whom I’m on a first name basis with, waiting for me to bring their morning breakfast of deer corn and fresh water. My dogs have even come to accept the deer as part of our extended family.

There are benefits to social distancing. I don’t have to worry about encountering any Paul Ewells in the public marketplace.

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Hole in the Wall

Historically speaking, a “hole in the wall” has always signified a “small and unpretentious place.”

For the past four years, “The Wall” has signified a concrete barrier along the U.S./Mexican border built to keep “illegal aliens” out of the Land of the Free.

Roughly $11 billion has been sunk into building the so-called “Border Wall”—a structure promised to be impenetrable by human smugglers, drug smugglers, unlawful migrants, and a host of other life forms like rapists, murderers, and cockroaches.

But last year media reports surfaced, that smugglers of every stripe could buy a cordless $100 tool known as a “reciprocating saw” from any hardware store that can cut through the border wall like a warm knife through butter.

Now, frankly speaking, I wouldn’t know a “reciprocating saw” from a butter knife, much less how to use one to cut holes in an $11 billion border wall.

So what we really have is an $11 billion “border fix” that a $100 saw can unfix!

There’s a saying (and from where it came I don’t know) that a “fair exchange ain’t no robbery.”

An $11 billion dollar fix that can be unfixed for $100 is not a “fair exchange.”

As events have played out (which is probably why we have not heard much about “build the wall” or “who’s going to pay for the wall” in  the current presidential race), the Wall was not needed to stem the “hordes” of unlawful trying to enter America.

The coronavirus pandemic (what we now uniformly refer to as “Covid-19”) has proven to be a barrier to anyone wanting to come to the U.S.A. The government’s incompetence at handling the Covid-19 pandemic has made the U.S. the world leader in the number of deaths and infections from the lethal virus.

Who would want to break into the United States today?

Anyway, hardware stores in Mexico now have a surplus of reciprocating saws that they cannot even unload for $20 on eBay.

I suspect (although I do not have an iota of proof) that the companies involved in building The Wall either owned or were heavily invested in the company’s manufacturing those reciprocating saws.

And I further suspect (and, again, I have no proof) that the companies so adroit at building The Wall immediately invested all their profits from the reciprocating saws into Lysol and Clorox once they learned that these over-the-counter products could do to Covid-19 what their saws did to The Wall.

That’s the beauty of true capitalism—the unbridled ability to put profit before people.

But this unholy desire more often than not fails much like The Wall.

Research Briefs found that 70 percent of the “upstart tech companies” fail within 20 months and 97 percent of the “consumer hardware startups” also die and become what is known in the business world as “zombies.”

So, in the business world over the past two years the Wall has failed, the “Reciprocating Saw” has failed, and the mixture of Lysol/Clorox has failed.

And who said “what America needs is a business man running the country?”

As a business sidebar, if you think the manufacturers of those reciprocating saws are pissed at Covid-19, think about the “private prison” industrial complex. Their companies are suing states right now for not delivering to them a sufficient amount of inmates to house because the states have joined the “prison reform” movement that demands a reduction of their inmate populations.

Private prison executives, the real founders of the “lock her up” mantra, have been forced to  become focused on developing new sources of revenue: converting prisons into homeless shelters at a cost of $100 per head each night; making it a felony for anyone to stand in an early voting line for more than one hour; or creating an assortment of mandatory sentencing minimums for anyone wearing a mask in public.

These are just a few possible new inmate revenue sources.

Back to the “hole in the wall.”

That’s been the American business model the past four years.

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