Trust.  It’s a funny thing.  Trust is fragile.  It takes a long time to build, a ton of effort to maintain, and can be destroyed in seconds.  Once it’s gone, trust can be next to impossible to rebuild, and jades us against others trying to help.  Just ask a spouse that was cheated on how long it took them to trust again.

The past two weeks have seen the destruction of that trust for a lot of people in this country when it comes to the police.  There have been hundreds of cases of police brutality documented for the world to see.  Police dressed in military gear firing tear gas into crowds of unarmed black people, police firing at journalists, police destroying medic tents.  And those just the war crimes.  That doesn’t include the normal levels of brutality that black people see every day.  White people are seeing this for the first time, and it’s not just from one or two cops but from nearly every city around the country.  How can there be that many one-offs on bad cops?  They keep telling us it’s just a few bad apples.  Keep in mind that the whole phrase goes “A few bad apples spoil the bunch.”  If there are bad apples in every bunch, what does that say about the bunch?

People are losing trust with cops.  Well, some people.  Black people didn’t trust the cops at all, and for good reason.  Police are one of the leading causes of death for black men in this country.  But now even white people are losing trust in the police.

We’re sick and tired of the triple standard of American Justice.  We’re sick and tired of seeing rich people treated one way for a crime, white people another, and black people a completely different way.  We’re sick and tired of watching shitty people with badges literally get away with murder because they came up with a good enough story to cover their asses.  We’re sick and tired of reading headlines like “Young unarmed man on knees shot 55 times by police” or “Black woman shot in bed by police executing no-knock raid at wrong address.”

The law enforcement community has broken the trust of the American people.  From letting rich people get away with stealing millions of dollars to firing on unarmed black protesters while letting heavily armed white people storm state capitol buildings, to their continued actions of evading justice for their crimes, law enforcement hasn’t exactly given the citizens much to cheer about.

As I said, trust is a funny thing.  If one person, party, or member of a group breaks that trust, it becomes damn near impossible for the offended party to trust anyone even tangentially related.  So if one cop shoots a journalist with a rubber bullet causing them to go blind, all members of the department look bad.  That lack of trust hurts everyone.

Trust can be rebuilt, but it’s not easy.  The offending party has to go above and beyond to rebuild the trust they destroyed.  The worse the act, the more they have to do to get even a shred of that trust back.

Considering how the law enforcement community has failed the citizens of this country, the onus of rebuilding trust lies solely on their shoulders.  Changes have to be made in how police work in America happens, from the top officers to the lowest officers, and from Maine to Hawaii, from the NYPD all the way down to the local township that only has one part time officer.  I’m not naive enough to think that these changes will come without some outside intervention from lawmakers, but some concessions have to be made.

Here’s some changes that I’ve thought of over the last bit of time.  Some I’ve thought about for a few minutes, a few days, or a few decades.  This isn’t comprehensive by any stretch, but it’s a start.



Qualified Immunity is a legal practice that gives police the ability to excuse even the worst actions.  It’s ugly.  It allows for the police to challenge any complaints against them on constitutional grounds, stating that it is their right to do whatever the hell they deem necessary to do their jobs.  The way it works is that unless a case involving bad police behavior happened in the same jurisdiction and had similar facts and that the police behavior was challenged on constitutional grounds, they can do whatever they want.

Qualified Immunity literally puts police above the law they are sworn to uphold.  This needs to be severely restricted, if not eliminated completely.  While there is an argument for some cases of keeping QI in a limited capacity, for the general police force it needs to be eliminated.  The argument for keeping it rests on whether or not a police officer is allowed to break the law while upholding the law.  For example, an undercover cop needs to have some leeway with the law so that they can do their job without raising suspicion and blowing their cover.  Or, a police officer that sees a baby trapped in a car needs to be able to break out the window to save the baby.  But QI should not be used to cover up claims of abuse, using excessive force, or stealing from suspects.



The United States Military, like every other military in the world, operates under a code of what to do, when to do it, and how to escalate when things go wrong.  There are steps they have to go through before they can exercise lethal force.  These are codified as Rules of Engagement.

It’ll shock most people to learn that many police officers don’t have ROE’s.  This is determined by the department or maybe by the state, but many places do not have codified ROE’s.

The Law Enforcement Community (LEC) needs to standardize and adopt Rules of Engagement for every police officer, and make these rules known to citizens as well.  We need to know our rights and whether or not a police officer is violating them.  The use of deadly force MUST only be used as a last resort, when all other options have been exhausted.



According to international treaty, the use of chemical weapons is banned.  Attacking medics and targeting their supplies is a war crime.  Yet police around the country in the past week attacked protestors with tear gas, pepper spray, and destroyed medical supplies and targeted protester medics.

These tactics and weapons need to be outlawed.  There is no reason why weapons considered too dangerous for military use should be used on unarmed and untrained citizens.



While we’re on the subject of military stuff, the policy of giving the police surplus military gear needs to stop.  Giving police officers the Army’s hand-me-downs has proven to be dangerous, and has led to escalations in violence.



The year is 2020.  We have cameras in phones, computers, toys, drones, hats, glasses, doorbells, pet collars, and glitter bombs.  Cameras are everywhere.  Police have body cams and dash cams.  But they’re only effective when they’re working.  There were too many instances of cameras being turned off during the riots.  This doesn’t include the body cams that would “accidentally” shut off during an incident when a police officer allegedly abused someone.  It’s almost like that footage would have proven that the officer was a piece of shit.

Going forward, all uniformed police officers must have their body cams on and recording at all times.  If at all possible, similar standards should apply to plainclothes cops, though there are some exceptions to be considered.  All police vehicles must have cameras that catch the perimeter of the vehicle.  If the camera goes down, the officer is to  do everything they can to reactivate it immediately or replace it with a backup they have available.  Failure to do so will result in a 30 day suspension without pay.

Any police officer that covers their badge number should be suspended pending an investigation.

To make sure that the officers hold each other accountable, if a supervisor has multiple instances of officers concealing their identity or turning off their cameras, they will be punished as well.  Each time one member of the precinct or division fails to activate their camera or covers up their badge, EVERYONE will have to go through training.  Everyone.

All police departments must have independent review boards composed mostly of civilians, and have unfettered access to all police activity.  There will be restrictions for active investigations, but these review boards must be able to see what the police are doing.  These boards must be automatically included in any and all complaints of police abuse.



Did you know that the requirements to become a police office in Pennsylvania are less strict than that of a hairdresser?  A police officer needs 859 hours of training to become certified while a hairdresser needs 1250.  There are many other states where it is easier to become a cop than to braid hair.

The requirements to become a police officer need to expand, and should focus on weeding out the bullies and racists. Police officers should also be required to recertify every 3-5 years, and that process needs to include keeping up to date on process changes.  Recertifications need to take into account their service record and focus on improving those skills.  If their record shows multiple instances of violence, then their recertification should not be granted.



This cannot be said loud enough, but there are too many racists in police departments across the country.  I’ve reported on this before but there are many white nationalist groups that have infiltrated local and even state police departments across the country.  On top of that, there’s a lot of psychopaths that get a hard-on being all tough.

Going forward, reviews must be made of casework of individual officers and that work needs to be compared to similar cases.  When the data is analyzed, in situations where there was a disproportionate response based on race, class, or amount of force used, those officers will be investigated.  Also, tip lines must be in place to allow citizens to report when a police officer is found to have connections to hate groups like the KKK, 3 Percenters, Evropa, or Neo-Nazis.



Without qualified immunity, police officers could be liable for their actions.  If a police officer, say, tases a pregnant woman causing her to lose her baby, that officer could be sued and be responsible for a very large payout in court.  That’s kind of hard given their pay.

This should be treated just like doctors.  Doctors and hospitals have malpractice insurance.  This prevents the doctor from losing everything they’ve worked for because of one mistake.

Police officers, their precincts, and departments should be required to carry their version of malpractice insurance.  Not only would this punish bad cops who keep getting complaints against them, but would reward good cops and precincts as they would have more money to spend.  If a bad driver has to pay more to drive on the road, a bad cop should pay more to wear a badge.



Right now, we don’t know who are the bad cops and good cops.  Even other cops don’t know.  We as citizens only find out about a cop having a dozen abuse complaints against them after a tragedy occurs.  That has to change.

Going forward, each state has to have it’s own database that includes basic non-privileged information on the police officer such as badge number, department, how long they’ve been on the force, how long they’ve been a cop in total, why they moved, have they had disciplinary actions taken against them, who accused them, what happened, and what was the final result.  These databases have to be accessible to the public, most likely through a website that returns some info for free but explicit details might require payment.  I’m thinking of the deeds office as an example.



It’s bad enough that it’s next to impossible to fire a bad cop, but when they do get fired or  quit before they get fired, they’ll pop up in another department.  There was an incident around Pittsburgh within the past year or so where a cop was fired, hired at another department, and on his first day on the job shot and killed an unarmed young black man.  It came out that this officer was fired for abusive behavior.  Had there been an open database to search, it’s not likely he would have been hired again.

If a police officer is fired with cause, their certification should be suspended for 90 days pending review.  That review will determine whether or not they should have their certification permanently revoked, temporarily suspended, further training is needed on problem areas, or their certification is restored.  This information has to be available in the database listed above.



Cops are a different breed of people.  Most of them are kind, caring people deep down who spend all day seeing people at their worst.  Unfortunately, we’re not in this mess because of them, but their co-workers who are wastes of oxygen.  But we don’t hear anything about how bad these cops truly are until a tragedy occurs.

Going forward, whistleblower protections need to be expanded and strengthened for police officers to encourage them to get rid of the bad apples.  If an officer receives multiple complaints, their previous associates like supervisors and partners will also be investigated to see if this behavior was new, or if these other cops were covering up for them.



Very few jobs have a pension anymore, and those that do are a small percentage of their salary that is only available after the employee reaches retirement age.  Cops on the other hand get a pretty nice pension.  Their reward for eating a shit sandwich every day for 20 years is half their salary, and full salary after 30.  This depends on the department, but a cop could retire from the force in their 40’s and receive half of their yearly base wages for the rest of their lives.

One of the factors going into the math for pensions and promotions will be the information that is publicly available.  If a cop has multiple complaints of violence, that should affect how long they have to work to get and keep those benefits.  Those complaints could add years on to how long they have to work to collect their full pension.



These changes need to be enforced in all collective bargaining agreements going forward.  If the union continues to underperform, they run the risk of losing their ability to organize.


These aren’t the only things that need to change, but this is what I came up with right now.  I hope that we can get to work on changing things right away, but this is going to take a while.  A large portion of Americans have never trusted the LEC, and a lot of people have seen that trust broken.

To be honest, I’m torn.  I genuinely hate bad cops, I’m not torn about that.  I’m torn about what this means for our country going forward, and my friends and family in the LEC.  I’m torn because I see how much my fellow citizens are hurting on all sides.  I’m finally understanding exactly how screwed black people have been all these years.  I thought I knew, I had a pretty good idea, but I was off by quite a bit.  It’s like climbing up a mountain and getting to what you thought was the summit, but was just the first base camp.  At the same time, I see how hard this is on the LEC friends and family.  They’re exhausted from constantly working and are now getting shit from people they never had problems with before.  I’m torn because I don’t want to see any more people get hurt, but I know that we’ve got too far to go without people getting hurt.

You know what I’d love to see?  Good cops calling out the bad cops.  Don’t give us this bullshit about how good cops hate bad cops and then they don’t do shit about it.  Publicly name and shame the assholes.  Until then, those words about good cops ring hollow.  It’s hard to think that good cops care about their community when they’re busy protecting the bad cops.  If the answer comes back “it’s complicated”, I’d like to point over to the Catholic Priests.  They used the same argument when they shuffled around pedophiles to avoid prosecution, and because of that trust in them fell like a rock.

I’d also love to see a change in how the police respond to events.  Maybe, they should respond with considerable force for the situation.  Out of the myriad of violent events over the past week or so, they all operated under a similar pattern.  Something happened to provoke an over the top response from the police, and they responded with an over the top action.  We have police officers in full body armor, riot shields, fully armed with lethal and less-lethal weapons, lining up against a group of young adults wearing t-shirts and jeans.  One of the cops will claim that the protesters threw a rock or a water bottle at them, and they use that as an excuse to unleash hell on the crowd.  Seriously.  That’s their reaction to a water bottle.  I’ve been hit with water bottles before, I never tried to blind anyone for it.  It’s unsettling to know that trained police officers in riot gear have less control of their reactions than the average middle aged white guy.

We have a long way to go, and need everyone at the table.  We can’t move forward as people until we recognize that black people matter, and that the police need to be better. I’m hopeful that we’ll see some change come out of this, but it’s going to be a long road.  Trust has been broken, and it will take a lot of work to regain that trust.  For many Americans, that trust was never there to begin with.


Thank you, and have a good one.

The George Floyd Riots

Sunday, May 31st, 2020.

My last post was back in early March, in the days before The Rona.  God, that feels like a lifetime ago.  I’ve really wanted to write about COVID and all the craziness with that, but even that can wait.  To say that the fecal matter hit the mechanical air circulation device in the past week is a major fucking understatement.  But to cover that, I need to touch briefly on COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.

I talked about it a little in my last post Super Tuesday Preview about how we were on the verge of a pandemic, and that it would be a good idea to study the Spanish Flu to see what was going on.  What happened after that can best be described as either a monkey paw wish for clean air and no more school shootings, or some mother fucker out there is playing Jumanji.  Yes, I’m like 4 sentences in and I’m already dropping a few f-bombs, that’s how fucked things are.

Here’s the short, short version of the last 3 months, more or less.  A virus named COVID-19, short for Coronavirus Disease 2019 spreads, well, the fucker goes viral.  It’s an airborne disease that can be spread through droplets in the air and while it has a 95-99% recovery rate, that 1-5% is a literal fucking killer.  As of this writing, at least 106,187 Americans have died from this disease.  That number only counts the confirmed cases, those people that died in hospitals or nursing homes and tested positive while alive.  It doesn’t include the tens of thousands of people that died at home or before they got tested.  It doesn’t include the people that died from other diseases or trauma but couldn’t get treatment because the hospitals were overwhelmed, and it doesn’t include the suicides and homicides from stress.  We also don’t have a clue how many people died at home alone during quarantine.

Oh yeah, quarantine.  In the days after my last post, the world went into quarantine to flaten the curve.  That sentence had no meaning 3 months ago.  Now, everyone knows what it means.  Everything shut down.  Schools, parks, offices, restaurants, movie theaters, sports, even Disney shut their parks down.  The states led the charge because Trump is a fucking waste of space on a good day and actively fucking things up on a bad one.  Everyone had to shelter in place.  What does that mean?  STAY THE FUCK HOME!  And this wasn’t just a few cities, this was EVERYWHERE.  Some states, all of them Red, chose not to, but for the most part the entire world has been on pause for the last few months.  This also fucked up the economy, too.

Ever wonder what 40 million unemployed and nearly 25% unemployment looks like with damn near no help from the federal government?  Welcome to the United States 2020.  When everything shut down, a fuckton of people lost their jobs.  The stock market crashed, unemployment surged and keeps going up.  Another new term popped up: essential workers.  These are the people that do the real fucking work in our society but are shunned or looked down on by the Karens of the world.  Think grocery workers, garbage men, janitors, and first responders.  By the way, Karen has become a meme.  It represents the middle aged white lady, often with a short femullet hair cut that makes a stink about every tiny issue and demands to speak to the manager.  Their white privilege knows no bounds.  It’s not socially acceptable to call them a cunt to their face, but Karen works in its place.  Not that you can see what they could say through the masks.

One cool thing that came out of this is wearing masks.  Since the disease is airborne, it spreads easily.  The best way to prevent the spread of a deadly airborne disease is for everyone to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth.  This can be a surgical mask, respirator, bandanna, or some improvised or homemade masks.

The first couple weeks of quarantine weren’t bad.  It was rough, but people genuinely tried to pull together and be better.  That was until a bunch Russian bots and insurrectionists funded by the DeVos family astroturfed a bunch of Conservatives into thinking that wearing a facemask in public is tyranny and a plot by the “libtards” so they put on their best ill-fitting tactical cosplay, grabbed their AR-15’s, and marched on state capitols.  It got so bad in Michigan that the government closed their session.  Not a single one of those terrorists was charged.  Meanwhile, not a week went by where a black person was killed by the police for being black and a bullshit excuse being given to justify it.  Through all of this, medical staff still can’t get proper PPE, personal protective equipment.

Fast forward to this past week.  Tensions were already running high with people at each other’s throats on social media, Conservatives going completely nuts over their “freedoms” being infringed all the while the death toll keeps climbing, and Trump attacks everyone from reporters to women and Twitter for fact checking him.  He even retweeted a video that said “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”  Enter Minneapolis and George Floyd.

George was a black man who had the cops called on him for allegedly writing a bad check.  The cops arrested him, then Officer Derrick Chauvin violated every rule of engagement and handling prisoners and kneeled on George’s neck for 9 minutes, all while three other officers stopped onlookers from offering assistance or even stopping their fellow officer from trying to kill this man.  George was pronounced dead by the time he arrived at the hospital following his injuries.

Since this is 2020 and cameras are everywhere, this went viral in a heartbeat.  The officers tried to say that George resisted arrest.  Security cameras showed that the claim was bullshit.  They said he was violent.  He wasn’t.  It didn’t take long for the anger to rise, but it took too long for the Minneapolis Police Department to do anything.  It took a day to fire the four officers involved and a few days to charge Chauvin with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.  The other three officers are still free.

That did it.  Thursday night members of George’s community marched peacefully to the police station where those assholes worked.  The police fired teargas and rubber bullets at the protesters.  The protesters tried to run, but were fired upon.  Eventually, some accelerationists started smashing windows and while the black people tried to find things to defend themselves, white people looted the stores.  Within a couple days all hell breaks loose and it turns out that White Nationalists, aka Trump Supporters were out trying to cause violence to blame it on black people.  The police then attacked the black protesters, and full blown riots break loose.

This scene was repeated all over the country.  Peaceful protests turned violent by agent provocateurs looking to start a race war.  In Detroit, Trump Supporters opened fire into a crowd from inside a van.  In Salt Lake City a Trump Supporter fired into a crowd of protesters with a bow and arrow.  In Pittsburgh, a group of Anarchist Cosplayers smashed out the windows of a police van and set it on fire.  In New York City, cops ran over people with their police cruisers.  Louisville Police fired at a news crew.  Minneapolis PD fired paint canisters at people standing on their own porches.

So, let’s do the math, shall we?  We have a pandemic that has killed over 100,000 Americans, quarantines that put more than 40 million of them out of work, a piss poor government response to rampant unemployment, a complete lack of PPE for the first responders facing diseased patients, a Federal government led by a narcissist who only cares about people who like him, a generation of people who have shit upon their whole lives because of their skin color, a bunch of Conservatives who think they’re being bullied by libtards and want to hurt anyone they can, a bunch of Neo-Nazis looking to start a race war, and every police department in the country with access to military equipment but no proper training on their use, and what do you get?

The definition of a clusterfuck.

I don’t know what happens next, but it’s not pretty.  Real change is never pretty.  As I’ve said before, I live in Pittsburgh.  I could see the police helicopters over the riot from my porch.  I loaded the magazines in my guns for the first time.  As if I didn’t already have anxiety issues before, this puts the cherry on the turd sundae.

Here’s what I do know.  I no longer will maintain respect for anyone who pushes the Blue Lives Matter or All Lives Matter hashtags, or tries to act like #BlackLivesMatter is bullshit.  I have no problem with cutting people out as friends over “political differences” because those differences mean that they are a racist dick.  I will do what I can when I can to support people of color, as that is literally the least I can do as a crakity-ass cracka.  If I were any whiter, bitches be callin’ me Casper.

I’m here to help, as much as I can.  I may look like I’m a fat middle-aged white guy whose never seen shit, but I’ve seen some shit.  I’ve worked in places where white people fear to tread.  I’ve lived in places where white people wouldn’t dare set foot.  You know the old joke “if you can count how many black people have been in your house you’re racist?”  Well, back in the day, I was the white guy on the block.  I’ve been in the car when the driver was pulled over for DWB, Driving While Black.  I’ve seen how the cops acted when a white guy answers the door and how they react when a black guy does the same thing.  I’m here to help us get to a world where we are both treated equally.  And I hope you’re along for the ride, or at least not getting in the way.


Thank you and have a good one.

Super Tuesday Preview

Welcome back.  It’s been a long time since I’ve made a post of any kind (It’s Been A Long Time), and even longer since I made a political post (Check-In 06/11/2019).  I think it’s time I get back in the saddle and ride.

What’d I miss in the last few months?  Apparently everything.  I’d love to go into detail on the Ukraine Impeachment and the aftermath, but here’s the short version: Trump is a criminal and the Republican Party proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they would rather serve the interests of said criminal than uphold their oaths to do their jobs or represent their voters.  For the first time in American history, the Senate voted against hearing witnesses in an impeachment trial.  It was a gross miscarriage of justice and emboldened Tangerine Tojo to go even more authoritarian and go after those that oppose him.  And he’s doing so with William Barr and Mitch McConnell having his back.

Oh, by the way, in the last month there’s a possible pandemic breaking loose with the Coronavirus.  No, this isn’t the shits you get in the morning after drinking cheap knock-off Mexican beer that requires a lime in it to be palatable.  Coronavirus is a version of SARS called COVID-19.  It spreads faster and is deadlier than SARS, and like the previous versions it started in China.  Cases have spread across the world and are now being reported in several areas of the United States, with the first confirmed death happening on February 29th and the second today.  This wouldn’t be so scary if the White House still had a rapid response team in place to handle a pandemic, but Trump fired them a couple years ago and never replaced them.  Why?  Because it was an Obama thing, that’s why.  The Daughter Fucker put Mike “Pray the AIDS away” Pence in charge of the government’s handling of COVID-19.

We’re fucked.

So, assuming that any of us live long enough to get to November, there is a presidential election scheduled where Donald Trump will run as the Republican nominee against the winner of the Democratic National Convention.  How is that figured out? Who will be the nominee?  Good questions.  I’ll start with the How, then go to the Who.



The way that the nominees are chosen is by this cryptic and byzantine system of acquiring delegates to represent them at the convention.  Each state, territory, and even ExPats living abroad have people that travel the convention in the summer to represent their chosen candidate.  These delegates are split how each state party committee feels like splitting them.  Some states are all for one, but most break them down to a total for the whole state and then by congressional district.  As long as a nominee receives at least 15% of the vote, they can get delegates to the convention.  Whoever wins the state gets the most, and then whoever gets the most districts gets those, too.

Ballotpedia has a good description on how this works.

In 2020, there will be 4,750 delegates3,979 pledged delegates and 771 automatic delegates—more commonly known as superdelegates.[3]

To win the Democratic nomination, a presidential candidate must receive support from a majority of the pledged delegates on the first ballot: 1,991 pledged delegates.[4][5] If the convention is contested and goes to a second ballot or more, automatic delegates will be able to vote and a candidate must receive majority support from all delegates—2,375.5 votes.

Make sense so far?  Don’t worry, it gets more confusing.

Automatic delegates are unpledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Automatic delegates, who are often called superdelegates, are not required to pledge their support to any presidential candidate. Automatic delegates include members of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic members of Congress, Democratic governors, or distinguished party leaders, including former presidents and vice presidents. They are free to support any presidential candidate of their choosing.[9]

The 2020 Democratic convention will be the first to operate under new rules surrounding automatic delegates which the DNC adopted in August 2018. Under the new rules, automatic delegates will be prohibited from voting for a presidential nominee in the first round of voting unless that nominee has enough support to win the nomination in the first round with pledged delegates alone. Although automatic delegates will be free to vote for any candidate in subsequent rounds, no major party presidential convention has gone to a second round of voting since 1952.

Now that that’s clear as mud, here’s how that works in English.  In the first round, the only delegates that count come from those won from elections.  The Superdelegates don’t get to vote in the first round unless there are enough votes for one candidate and the party as a whole thinks this would be such a monumental disaster to nominate them.  It’s the party’s way of say “Ah, fuck no.  Not them. No fucking way.”  It could be attitude, health, or some terrible secret comes out that destroys their chance at winning the presidency, but this mechanism in in place to protect the party.  These rules came around following the Bernie Bros getting their panties in a twist in 2016 after he lost to HRC.  Even with the new rules in place, she’d still beat him.  Don’t worry, I’ve got more to say about Bernie later on, and some of it is actually good.

If a candidate does not have a majority after the first round, then anything goes.  This is called a brokered convention.  What happens is the delegates are “free” to vote how they want on the second and consecutive ballots, and the Superdelegates get in the game, too.  This is when deals are made.  Let’s say one candidate came up a few hundred delegates short of winning.  Say, they had 1700 of the 1991 needed.  The fourth place nominee had 300 delegates.  They might make a deal with each other.  The fourth place nominee would pledge their delegates to the person with 1700 in exchange for a big favor, like the Vice Presidency.  The last time this happened was in 1952 for the Democrats.  Adlai Stevenson was nominated but lost to Dwight Eisenhower in the general election.  Presidents who won after being nominated in a brokered convention were Harry Truman and Abraham Lincoln.

How does one win delegates?  Win elections.  The more primary races they win, the more delegates they win.  The more delegates they win, the more likely they are to receive the nomination.  And one day has more elections than any other day.  Super Tuesday.

Super Tuesday is the name given to the first Tuesday in March when the restrictions on which states can have their primaries or caucuses is lifted, and every remaining state can get in the fray.  Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina got to go first.  Now the bulk of the country goes.  15 states and territories hold their elections on Super Tuesday, including California and Texas.  1357 of the 3979 pledged delegates are up for grabs.  That’s one third.  If one candidate has a great showing they could wrap up the nomination before Spring starts.  If one bombs here, it’s all over but the crying.  It’s possible to recover, but not likely.  It’s like being down by ten points in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.  Unless Kyle Shanahan is on the other sideline, you’re screwed.

Super Tuesday’s races consist of Alabama (52 delegates), Arkansas (31), American Samoa (6), California (415), Colorado (67), ExPats (13), Maine (24), Massachusetts (91), Minnesota (75), North Carolina (110), Oklahoma (37), Tennessee (64), Texas (228), Utah (29), Vermont (16), and Virginia (99).



Now that I’ve gotten us lost in the weeds of why Super Tuesday is important, let’s talk about the participants and the recent drop outs.  One of the things I regret during my absence was not doing a deep dive on all of the candidates that ran for President for the Democrats.  Most of my top ten have already dropped out of the race, and the couple that are left are either on the ropes or not looking too good.  I’ll start with the recent drop-outs.

Tom Steyer – Billionaire.

Tom was one of these “outsiders” who has more cash than sense and wanted to give it an honest shot to win the presidency.  He’s been running ads against Trump since 2017.  Instead of throwing his money behind one nominee that he liked, he ran in a crowded field.  He was out of his element.  He dropped out of the race on the 28th without any delegates earned.  Due to the firehose of money he can launch in the general election, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him “honored” with some ambassadorship down the line if the Democrats win.

Pete Buttigieg – Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Mayor Pete’s going back to South Bend.  The 38 year old openly gay and married mayor of one of Indiana’s most progressive cities called it quits on Sunday, March 1st.  He was a moderate choice from Middle America that was safe like Helman’s Mayonnaise.  But just like mayo, it shouldn’t be the base of the dish, just a condiment.  He “won” the Iowa caucus and earned 26 delegates so far.  He’s still very young for politics and after he gets some experience could be a leader in the party for years to come.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name brought up for a Cabinet position in the future, like the Secretary of the Interior.

Amy Klobuchar – Senator from Minnesota 

The senior senator from the state of Minnesota is polling far behind the rest of the pack at this point, and nothing short of a miracle will push her into the top 3.  She’s expected to carry her home state, but that’s about it.  She’s running on a centrist platform and currently has 7 delegates.  She could easily pick up another 40 from Minnesota, but outside of her home state, she’s not looking good.  I’d expect to see her drop out of the race as early as Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Elizabeth Warren – Senator from Massachusetts

Senator Warren is a favorite of mine, and her more liberal platform intrigues me.  She takes no shit from anyone, and will throw down with anyone at a moment’s notice.  Her ideas actually make sense, and she’s been one of my favorites since day one.  Unfortunately, she’s losing the progressive vote for the most part to Bernie Sanders and the experienced safe vote to Joe Biden.  I’d really, really like her to pull something off and move forward, but I’m afraid that’s not going to happen.

Mike Bloomberg – Billionaire Former Mayor of New York City

FUCK. MIKE. BLOOMBERG.  Fuck his stop and frisk policies, fuck his buying every ad in existence, fuck his stupid face, fuck his stance on women’s rights, fuck his greed, fuck his sexual harassment cases that make Trump look like a choir boy, fuck his Wall Street cronies, fuck his greed, fuck anyone who looks like him.  He wins my “Hoping he has a heart attack before July and reconsiders his choices in life and quietly retires” award.  He’s trying to buy the presidency and instill his form of fascism into our lives.  My doomsday scenario involves Bloomberg and Trump fighting for the White House.  Whoever wins, we lose.

Joe Biden – Former Vice President

Joe missed his window in 2016.  We wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in if he decided to run back then.  Instead, he’s giving it a shot in 2020, and that extra four years has caught up to him.  He’s 77 years old, and every time I see him on screen he looks older and older, like he’s running out of energy.  I’m hesitant as fuck to vote for a man in his late 70’s, knowing that statistically speaking he’ll be dead soon.  He’s still my “Name recognition and the safe vote to beat Trump’s ass in November” vote, but I’m not sure how viable he’ll be come the summer.

Bernie Sanders – Senator from Vermont

Time to open a can of worms.  This one is complicated.  I’ve made no secret about how much I don’t like Bernie Sanders the man (Trump vs. Bernie ) and how I like the early Bernie Bros even less (Horseshoe Theory).  But at the same time, I’ve professed how much I like his policies and how I identify as a Democratic Socialist.  It’s a very simple concept on how Democracy should help the people, not the corporations or the powerful.  It consists of little things that help society like providing health care to everyone, fire departments, or ensuring that people have a fair chance.  You know, LIKE THE REST OF THE CIVILIZED FUCKING WORLD!!!

Democratic Socialism scares Boomers because they grew up with the boogeymen of Socialism and Communism during the Cold War.  Even though the Soviet Union was neither truly socialist or communist but cronyism based on a top-down economic model which used names opposite of its meaning to confuse.  Sort of like how the despotic state of North Korea is called the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.  The only words used correctly in that sentence were “of Korea.”  What’s fucked up though is while Boomers were running from the Red Scare, they ran straight into unabashed capitalism.  The kind of capitalism that lies and cheats and steals to make the rich richer and poor poorer.  They’ve done a great job of convincing the Boomers that helping your neighbors is bad because fuck’em, that’s why.  It’s like why I left Libertarianism: I developed empathy for my fellow humans.  As I’ve gotten older, I see that our job is to leave the world in a better place than we found it.  If only our parents felt the same, we wouldn’t be in this mess.



So that’s why Super Tuesday is such a big deal.  It’s the make or break moment for most candidates.  By Wednesday we’ll have either one or two viable candidates, or a clusterfuck ready to go.  That all depends in my opinion on how well Mike Bloomberg does.  I hope he gets dunked on like LeBron James playing against a racist white midget.  Bloomberg doesn’t give a shit about anyone but himself.  Most of the people voting for him would vote for Biden instead, and I’d genuinely rather see a Bernie vs. Biden battle than have Bloomberg in the race for more than few hours.  Bloomberg’s only shot at the nomination is to win out across the board and hope the fervor for Bernie dies off.

I live in Pennsylvania and won’t vote in the primary until April 28th.  By that point, it’ll either be a foregone conclusion or a clusterfuck.  Either way, I still plan to vote.  We don’t have ranked choice voting in my state, but if we did, here’s how my top 5 would look like.

  1. Elizabeth Warren
  2. Joe Biden
  3. Bernie Sanders
  4. Amy Klobuchar
  5. Donald Duck
  6. Daffy Duck
  7. Fuck Mike Bloomberg
  8. A Ham Sandwich
  9. The random guy next to me at the polling place
  10. Not Mike Bloomberg

Spots 2 and 3 are likely a coin toss, but I’m not thrilled about voting for a man in his late 70’s.  The actuary tables are not kind to men their age dealing with the stress the job entails.  Like I said, I prefer Bernie’s policies but I don’t like him as a person.  That could change in a few months, but I’m getting behind whomever the nominee is, as long as it isn’t Bloomberg.  Even then it’ll be a vote while holding my nose and hoping for the best kind of moments in life.

I hope to get back to regularly posting.  I’m no where near ready to come back to a daily schedule, but I’ve got some things I want to talk about, like the results later this week, how things might go, and how tax brackets work.

Thank you, and have a good one.

It’s Been A Long Time

Wednesday, December 18th 2019.


I haven’t posted anything since August 2019 Update, so it might look like I’ve disappeared, but I’m still here.  I’m still in the fight, but life has been crazy.

Over the last few months, my wife has continued to recover from her injuries.  She’s getting better, but still has a long way to go.  A broken knee doesn’t heal overnight.  Also, the narcissistic sperm donor’s health has continued to spiral downhill.  He’s currently in hospice with a prognosis of weeks.  On top of that, we’ve been fighting the flu/bronchitis/pneumonia since Thanksgiving.

If we weren’t crazy enough with all of that, we’re looking at building a house.  Something one notices real quick when recovering from knee surgery is how much steps suck.  After some back and forth about buying a new house or building, we decided to build.  If anyone reading this ever thinks “hey, that’s a good idea”, run full speed into a wall until the idea disappears in a concussive haze.

I won’t be returning with Daily Check-In posts for a while, but I’m back today for a special reason.  Today, the House of Representatives vote on two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.  Yeah, a lot has happened in the last few months, and I’m waaayyyy behind, but here’s the short, short version: back in the summer, Trump extorted the new Ukrainian President into announcing that they were investigating Joe Biden’s son and withheld approved military aid until he did so.  After several weeks, the news of what happened leaked, and that led to an Impeachment inquiry where Trump’s White House obstructed Congress by preventing several witnesses from testifying, withholding documents, classifying transcripts, and going out of his way to attack Congress.  There’s probably a hundred crimes that they could have finalized, but the Judiciary Committee recommended two Articles.  Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress.  You can read the full articles here.

I hope to have another post later today going over the basics of the Ukraine Extortion.  I also need to catch up on most of what happened in the last few months.  People are in jail, out of jail, back in jail, dead, disappeared, turned into newts, and deported.  It’ll be a while before I’m back to daily posting, and the delay gives me time to look into what and how to cover.  Also, my writing is rusty.


Hope to be back later.


Thank you, and have a good one.