A starry tropical sky above Kaumana on the Big Island of Hawaii, Sept. 2011. Photo by Jordan Murph.
Note: I swapped out the previous lead image shortly after posting this entry to the one you see above.
So I had planned a full entry tonight, but it isn't going to happen.
Instead, I'm just going to have a political focus -- namely, why I want Donald Trump to be the Republican presidential nominee. The pictures are of the election results for each of the five states that held both Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday (April 26th) -- both the numerical results and county-level results (or, in the cases of Connecticut and Rhode Island, municipality-level results). They are shown in decreasing order of total delegates (which is the same in both cases).
All the election results images are taken from the New York Times online. It's fairly obvious what they are so I'm not putting explanatory captions. The online maps are interactive, showing county or municipality-level results as pop-ups.
For starters, I want to note that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had very good nights last night in the five state primaries -- in Hillary's case, winning four of five (losing only Rhode Island) and in The Donald's case, winning a clean sweep against the reptilian Ted Cruz and the hapless John Kasich.
In three cases, Trump won every county in the state (Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware) and in no instance did the vile Cruz win any county or municipality.
If Trump can win the winner-take-all Republican primary in Indiana next Tuesday, he can probably lock up the nomination since he is likely to win the California and New Jersey Republican primaries on June 7th -- both of which are winner-take-all with 172 and 51, delegates, respectively.
However, the reptilian (but still clever) Cruz "trumped" Trump today by bizarrely (given that he isn't even close to securing the nomination and the convention is months away) of selecting his VP nominee -- and it was none other than the awful Carly Fiorina, herself a totally failed 2016 GOP presidential candidate. This move succeeded in setting the cable news beast into a frenzy.
So now we have to suffer through a few days of Mark Halperin talking about why the selection is a "game changer," of Chuck Todd in an orgasmic frenzy about the "brilliance" of the move that will ignite his support among "soccer moms" coast-to-coast, of endless POLITICO "most read" articles on the topic, of Gloria Vanderbilt's gay son earnestly interviewing GOP operatives, and of Fred Hiatt's Washington Consensus crowd deceiving themselves that THIS marks the TURNING POINT event that STOPS TRUMP.
Updated 10:32AM 4/28/2016: To be clear, I don't believe a bizarre and nonsensical political marriage between a demagogic reptile and the Wicked Witch of the West will actually help Cruz. I'm just saying how the vapid punditry could possibly play it.
End of Update.
Remember that it was Fred Hiatt's WaHoPo editorial board -- a.k.a., Neoliberal World Order Central -- that let out that cri de coeur of the overclass that the Republican Party leadership must "do everything" in its apparently supernatural power to "stop Trump" from getting the nomination.
This is because the oligarchical overclass wants the paralyzing and national spirit-sapping Red-Blue political straitjacket to continue, as does the Media-Entertainment Complex including its Epistemologically-Closed Conservative Bubble and its corporatized, identity-politics-based liberal wing.
At this point, let me just say clearly that I WANT Trump to win the Republican nomination -- even at the risk that he beats Hillary in November and does the once-unthinkable of becoming President of the United States.
Because for me, Trump is THE VEHICLE or INSTRUMENT by which the Republican Party -- at once, paradoxically, a fanatically radicalized and yet hopelessly corrupted and incompetent institution -- can and should be blown up in its present form, ending its "Long Con" once and for all. (True, something worse could take it's place, but let's fight one battle at a time.)
And I would risk a Trump presidency precisely because Trump might actually follow through on helping the American working class against the goddamn Neoliberal World Order that has done so much to return us to 19th Century Gilded Age deflationary economics (married to 1850s-style political polarization) -- characterized by the "free trade-fetishing" destruction of this very same working class into a cesspool of hopelessness, addiction, and early death.
True, he'd probably do nothing of the sort and instead be somewhere between Mussolini and Berlusconi, but even the fact that this kind of pro-American working class agenda is on the table -- and that the vehicle by which this would happen is the Republican Party itself and DESPITE its Establishment's best efforts -- is true karmic justice.
Conversely, if Trump goes on to lose badly to Hillary, then his "only" success of having blown up the rotted thing that is today's Republican Party will still be a historically good turn of events that I didn't think I'd see in my lifetime.
As for the Democrats and its identity politics and tyranny of political correctness, it just annoys and vexes me greatly. And I say that as a real liberal -- as in a European-style Scandinavian social democrat (well, at least until they all started to turn all anti-immigrant fascist). Furthermore, I say it as NOT a Bernie Sanders supporter.
I know a 45-state electoral wipeout when I see it, and no blather about revolutions and people power is going to change that. This is the United States of America we are talking about.
Speaking of Bernie Sanders supporters, the Salon.com crowd -- "Sandernista Central" -- are going nuts over Hillary's impending nomination. The award for politically self-destructive lunacy goes to the ridiculous "H.A. Goodman" for this bizarre "open letter" to the head of the FBI begging the agency to have a probe of the bullshit "email-gate" that leads to an indictment. What a fucking idiot. This is a very left-liberal thing to do -- to try to sic law enforcement and the criminal justice system on opponents.
OK, I think I'm going to leave the entry at that, except for this brief update ...
I had a busy day at work, although I worked partly from home this morning (our office internet, email, AND internet-based phone all remain down and the Verizon technicians' strike is protracting it). I had to go to DOE HQ briefly to cover the one of the Earth Day desks in the lower lobby under an escalator.
Later, in the office, I did some work on document I'm editing and had a good meaning with a partnering contracting company on a large client project.
For this evening, I made it to the gym and had my multi-part workout. Honestly, I didn't think I was going to make it before I got there because I had been feeling feverish and migraine-headachy.
About the feverishness, without getting into too much detail, I don't understand why I keep getting these night sweats. They're kind of gross. Now I do have a lot of quilts and blankets -- but I also have a box fan and a window air-conditioner turned on (even in winter, I have it on the blower mode when I sleep at night).
Maybe it's because my apartment is warmer than I realize. Alternatively, perhaps the night sweats are due to male menopause -- that's andropause, to you. Or something worse ...
Whatever the case, it's annoying.
As for the weather, today (April 27th), was cool, overcast, and pleasant with temps only around 56F for much of the day, although the daily high was actually 71F, occurring at KDCA right after midnight.
A photo showing an unusual late April blanket of snow in what is called the "UK high country" -- the Grampians of Scotland, I'm assuming -- that is featured in the second of the two CWG entries linked below. It was taken on April 27, 2016.
Looking ahead, rain showers are in the forecast for the next four or five days except on Saturday. To be clear, these are just a chance of rain showers, not all day rainfall. Temps are forecasted to be in the upper 50s to mid 60s Fahrenheit for highs and around 50F for lows here in D.C., which is perfectly fine with me.
Speaking of the weather, here are two CWG entries worth a read (links embedded):
This refers to the massively-hyped "widespread tornado outbreak" forecasted for the Great Plains that did not materialize. As I see it, this massive hype machine is an imperative of our for-profit infotainment system, and complaining about it misses the point of why it exists. These kinds of CWG entries appear after every busted major weather event.
Snow falling on Paris as seen from atop the Eiffel Tower, April 26, 2016 in a Twitter photo by "kalipointbarre" and re-posted in the CWG entry linked directly below.
For tomorrow (or rather, later today), I am supposed to have that delayed lunch with my mom at Union Station (she's taking the train in from Anne Arundel County), but I think we're going to go to Uno's instead of Thunder Grill. I then need to get to work and make good progress on an editing assignment.
Tomorrow night is a non-gym night.
OK, signing off for now. My next planned update might be Friday night or, alternatively, Saturday evening.