Trump’s Collapse Gives Johnson an Opening

Have you had enough yet? Do you see now how Donald Trump could never be a successful president but Hillary Clinton is still just too distasteful to turn to? Your answer is right there in front of you, on the ballot in all fifty states he’s your choice. And all you have to do is just vote for him.

When the Trump tape surfaced, Johnson issued a strongly worded condemnation that reminded folks of his former party affiliation: “Millions of Republicans are facing a moment of truth. As a former Republican Governor, I don’t envy them.” In a report from Albuquerque’s KOAT he claimed that “dozens of GOP officials” had contacted his campaign after the tapes surfaced, saying that they wanted to know how to help his effort.

Source: Donald Trump’s Collapse Gives Gary Johnson an Opening – The Daily Beast

Read that again, “Dozens of GOP officials” have contacted his campaign saying they want to know how to help his effort!

Gwinnett County Novemeber Ballot.

I grabbed a sample ballot for Gwinnett county this morning and looked it over. I was disappointed in the fact that over half of the incumbents are running unopposed.11-08-2016_consolidated_ballot_revise_9_16_16-thumbnail What particularly disappointed me is that  out of the twelve county offices that are on the ballot only three have more than one candidate. The district attorney, the sheriff, the superior court clerk, the tax commissioner, district 1 county commissioner and all three school board positions are running unopposed.

This isn’t right. Gwinnett County has nearly 900,000 residents. Surely there are people out there who could run against those running unopposed. The day after the election I’m going to start looking for those people for two years out. I would love for you to help me on this.

For now, just don’t vote in the races where there is only one option.

And while we are talking about elections, there are four proposed amendments to the Georgia constitution on the ballot. While I won’t give recommendations for individual candidates this time around I would like to comment and make recommendations on these amendments.

On Amendment 1.
Provide greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement.

This bill allows for the state to take over schools that are failing for three or more years from local school boards. It creates an “opportunity” school district that the schools will be pulled into. Once the schools are back on a sound academic footing they are released back to the local school board.

Who could oppose this idea. Right? There is heavy opposition to it and I can sort of understand this. No one wants control of education taken away from the local community however it can become necessary and this amendment is necessary to allow this to happen when it needs to.

I endorse a “Yes” vote to Amendment 1.

On Amendment 2.
Authorize Penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services.

The authorizing of penalties for sexual exploitation I’m all for but the assessments on adult entertainment I have trouble with. This sounds more like a porn tax to me. Let the legislature revisit it and tighten things up a bit so we are just penalizing crime and not legal vices.

My recommendation is to vote “No” on Amendment 2 for now.

On Amendment 3.
Reforms and reestablishes the Judicial Qualifications Commission and provides for its composition, governance, and powers.

This piece of shit amendment was pushed through the legislature by a former judge who had to resign because the current Judicial Qualifications Commission did its job and investigated his fondling of women, particularly lawyers who had to deal with him and clerks who worked under him. He resigned and promptly ran for the state legislature and now wants to put the JQC under the control of Georgia politicians.

Don’t just vote “no”, vote “HELL, NO!” on Amendment 3.

On Amendment 4.
Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety.

Seriously, I don’t know a thing more about this than what the ballot reads. I’ve heard one news report about it around six months ago. On the face of it, who can argue with it? The thing is, I don’t know how the money is being spent now. Is this excise tax being spent solely at the discretion of the county commission? I don’t think this is something that we need to put in our constitution regardless of how well-meaning it looks.

Vote “No” on Amendment 4.

Special Election.

And we are also having a vote on a special local option sales tax (SPLOST) for transportation, recreation and other infrastructure. This one isn’t focused enough. Gwinnett has a wonderful park system now and we have plenty of senior service facilities. What we need is more ways to get from one park facility to another, not just more roads. We need more public transit, walking paths, and bike paths. Give me a place to walk or ride my bike to my destinations. Give me a transit center close to my home that will take me into Atlanta. Give me a reason to get out of my car for a change. This SPLOST isn’t going to do that. It will be spent on asphalt.

Vote “No” on the special election.

It’s things like this that makes me know my support for a candidate with no chance of winning is not a wasted vote.

Silver wrote on his website, FiveThirtyEight, that Johnson had a 2% or 3% chance of winning the Land of Enchantment. If that were to happen, and Trump and Clinton were to split on key swing states, neither of the candidates could reach the necessary 270 electoral votes needed to secure the presidency.

Source: NATE SILVER: With Gary Johnson polling at 24% in New Mexico, a crazy election outcome is ‘plausible’ – 2016 Elections – The Glen Rose Reporter – Glen Rose, TX

Because those librarians are such jocks.

Robert Morin, a dedicated librarian, evidently loved his Alma Mater and employer so much that he gave them everything he owned on his death. It all went to fund scholarships and the needs of the library. Right?

Well…….

But let me just reiterate this. A librarian donated $4 million to his alma mater. $100,000 is being given to the library. $1 million is being used to buy A SCOREBOARD.

Source: How The University Of New Hampshire Chose To Waste An Alum’s $4m Gift

I’m sure they will mount this scoreboard so that it can be viewed from the library.

Hat tip to Dan.

This is called “making shit up.”

Reince Priebus tells Hillary Clinton in a tweet that she needs to smile more. He’s rightfully chastised for the remark but not for the reason he should have been. Evidently telling a woman to smile is misogynistic. No, it was condescending but not misogynistic.

However, condescending doesn’t seem to be bad enough so Noor Al-Sibai makes up some supposedly world known rule to support her claim of misogyny.

When men tell us to smile, they are telling us to soften, to be pleasant, to make ourselves a little less threatening. Basically, they are telling us to give up our power to make them more comfortable —

Source: Telling Hillary Clinton To Smile More Is As Anti-Feminist As It Gets | Bustle

This is bullshit! Women get their power from a scowling facial expression? No! Their power comes from their assertiveness, wisdom and knowledge. Nikki Haley is a powerful woman who smiles. Angela Merkel is a powerful woman who mostly smiles. Power does not come from any expression, it comes from inside. If a woman loses her power by smiling she never really had it to begin with.

Federal, State or Local?

I’m curious and I’d really like some feed back from you. We often hear people talking about government should do this, or government should not do that. But we have at least three layers of government; federal, state, and local. What I want from you is a list of services that only the federal government should provide, a list of what only state government should supply and a list of what only local government should supply. There are also areas where all three of these layers of government coördinate activities, what should these be?

Driverless Cars Within Five Years?

There is driving and then there is driving. I’m not a huge fan of driving myself to work or to the store or even the trips back and forth from Lawrenceville to Chattanooga to see family. If I had a driver to take care of those tasks for me I’d be happy as I can be.

However, I do driving when I’m just doing it for the trip. I love nothing better than driving through the mountains or taking a trip down the coast. I like driving when I’m taking country roads through small towns. There is something satisfying to driving when the destination is the least important part of the trip.

So I’m very enthused about the prospect of self driving cars but then this morning I read:

“That means there’s going to be no steering wheel. There’s going to be no gas pedal. There’s going to be no brake pedal,’’ he said. “If someone had told you 10 years ago, or even five years ago, that the C.E.O. of a major automaker American car company is going to be announcing the mass production of fully autonomous vehicles, they would have been called crazy or nuts or both.”

Source: Ford Promises Fleets of Driverless Cars Within Five Years – The New York Times

I read that and then I think of the ’87 Ford Bronco II that is currently my daily driver and it makes me wonder. Are we looking at the end of driving ourselves? For those daily trips I’m all excited about that but will the driverless cars force us to give up our road trips where driving is the main purpose of the trip? Can the two modes of driving co-exist?

Young voters prefer Johnson

The millennials are close to being as large of a population as the baby boomers and as we baby boomers continue to age and die out they will be the predominate demographic.  They will change the political landscape in the very near future.

Johnson wins 35 percent of young voters, Democrat Clinton comes in second at 30 percent, Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 14 percent, and Trump only receives 12 percent.

Source: Here’s how much young voters like Gary Johnson more than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – Rare

Now if we could just persuade them to vote in November.

Even The New York Times is taking Gov. Gary Johnson seriously this time.

Glancing through the news this morning on Google and I noticed this article by The New York Times. While they aren’t giving Johnson any chance of becoming our next president they are giving him attention, mostly as a spoiler but for whom?

Spoiler or not the fact that he got this attention from the NYT speaks volumes for him. People reading the article who don’t know Johnson will likely give him a closer look and with this article pollsters are more likely to include him in their poll questions.

That last point is important. If he isn’t being asked about in the polls he can’t place in the polls. If he doesn’t place at 15% in the polls before the presidential debates he won’t be in them.

Mr. Johnson is at roughly 10 percent in recent polls, well above where he was in 2012. The question, of course, is whether it will have any impact.

Source: Can Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Nominee, Swing the Election? – The New York Times

So the NYT says he is at 10%, which is much better than the 8% that a friend of mine states but not as good as the 13% that Johnson claims after scoring that percentage in a CNN/ORC poll. He needs to move to 15% in several polls before the debates in September.

This is important for exposure and not just any exposure, he needs to be compared to both Trump and Clinton and seen as their peer in order to be taken seriously enough to be significant in the presidential race. Hopefully this article will be the first step to that.

The death of humor.

Donald Trump makes a joke, a surprisingly good joke, at the expense of the DNC and their nominee, Hillary Clinton. I immediately recognized his comment as humor. The DNC is claiming that Russia hacked their email server to advance Trump and Hillary has 30,000 missing emails which has been in the news lately.

So why does Trump have to explain his joke to the Democrats?

“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said in a Fox News interview that aired the day after his comments sparked a national furor. “You have 33,000 emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on the emails from the Democratic National Convention.”

Source: Donald Trump: Russia hacking comments were ‘sarcastic’ – CNNPolitics.com

I don’t care much for Trump. He says a lot of stupid things that he’s serious about so there should be no lack of fodder for the Democrats to criticize so why do they show their lack of a sense of humor by attacking his joke? This only makes the Democrats criticizing him on this look bad.

Clinton is no criminal, just extremely careless.

FBI Director, James Comey, has declared it, Clinton isn’t a criminal, just extremely careless.

The FBI recommended Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges over her use of private e-mail as secretary of state, even though she and aides were “extremely careless” in handling classified information.

Source: FBI: Clinton faces no charges over e-mail, but acted ‘carelessly’

I’m not sure which is worse for a presidential candidate, being a criminal or being careless.