Taking the bait vs. fighting back

First, I found this amusing:

There are 6 I do not recognize. But still, #walkaway is some program that uses Russian bots to convince Trump supporters that Democrats are just leaving in droves.

But notice whose photo is NOT there? I think that there is a reason for that.

Now among the rank and file “internet” liberals there appears to be two schools of thought as to what to do socially. One is to try to make it toxic to be a Trump supporter in public. People claim that Maxine Waters said to do that, but she was clearly talking about *Trump officials*. No, I do not approve of that. But that was NOT a call to harass Trump supporters.

But yes, some liberals DO approve of restaurants turning away those with MAGA hats or even doing direct harassment.

I do not approve of that and.. frankly, I find it politically counter productive.

Seriously, some people think that screaming “oh, I just HAAAAATE YOU” is going to convince somebody, or at least change their vote?

And yes, Trump is just eating it up…trolling the hell out of us, mocking “me too” and even slurring Maxine Waters:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I said it the other day, yes, she is a low IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. High — I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that.

Yes, these sorts of statements would get one fired from many types of jobs and many Trump supporters know that. But Trump can say them with impunity …so it must feel good to the MAGA crowd to watch the liberals writhe with outrage.

Guess what: they are enjoying this!

I think that our only recourse is political pragmatism; win as many down ticket elections as we can and win in 2020. And saying “if you voted for Trump you are a HORRIBLE human being and I just HATE you” isn’t a winning political message. At least, I don’t think it is.

Nevertheless, many will continue to “take the bait”.

July 6, 2018 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans politics, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Peoria is one city people are fleeing from

Peoria is no. 18 on this list. Rockford is no. 11 and Chicago (area) is no. 1.

Why? People will talk about high taxes. But, at least in my area, while property taxes might be high in terms of rate, property VALUES are low so what comes out of your pocket is less than what it is in other cities.

We do have an income tax but are regarded as a middle income tax state, but “high tax” when one considers both income and sales tax.

BUT…in terms of services…well, our State Police are always at the ready to give you a speeding ticket…is that a service? 🙂

And our highways are dreadful. Oh, they’ll say we are right in the middle but don’t believe them.

High overall taxes, and mediocre state services and complete state government dysfunction. But I’d say mostly it is the decline of economic opportunities which leads to less money to invest in the public good, worse schools, etc. and all that leads to a talent drain.

The weather doesn’t help; over the past few years we’ve had the dreaded “polar vortex” giving us a traditional winter, and climate change leading to Texas caliber summers. I can’t complain today though..last night a rainstorm dumped 2.25 inches in 2 hours…and knocked down the temperature about 10 degrees F.

It isn’t all bad though: I can afford a house where I can walk to work, I have two gyms and a park just a walk or medium run away, and close by sports action (minor and college baseball, college basketball); football requires just a bit of a drive (45 to 2:30 of driving, depending on whether I want I-AA, Big Ten or NFL).

Workout notes yesterday, warm 5 mile walk, followed by some very warm yard work.

Today: weights; usual PT, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (good), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, decline 8 x 170, incline 10 x 170, military: dumbbell 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine 10 x 180, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Usual abs, plank.

Bodyweight 199.

July 6, 2018 Posted by | Illinois, Peoria, walking, weight training | Leave a comment