That your death should be meaningful.
Who gives a shit?
Reading Murder at the Savoy, Sjowall and Wahloo, for perhaps the fourth time.
In a brilliant polar by two Cold War Swedish communists, the Swedish state security services are depicted as fascist clowns far more worried about communists than the CIA.
And it is cause for anger, contempt, or dismay that the Swedish government is in some measure deferential to the American government.
The US state of Absurdia has 1 million voters and comprises 5 US Congressional Districts.
The state government is in course of settling district lines for the US Congress, the state senate, and the state chamber of deputies.
Two plans are under consideration under which the districts of each type will contain, as nearly as mathematically possible, equal numbers of voters (in thousands).
Under both plans, each US Congressional district will be subdivided into 10 state senatorial districts, each in turn divided into 10 state house districts.
Both plans are such that all state senate and chamber districts preserve the ratios of party representation among voters that would exist, under that plan, in the US Congressional Districts within which they are located.
There are two political parties that together encompass all the voters of Absurdia, the Blues and the Greens.
475 thousand of the state's voters are Blues.
525 thousand are Greens.
The two plans under consideration were prepared by the two parties, one being the Blue Plan and the other the Green Plan.
The Blue Plan draws lines so that voters, by party, are located in the US Congressional Districts as follows (in thousands).
1 2 3 4 5
Green Voters 200 81 81 81 82
Blue Voters 0 119 119 119 118
Results of this plan, assuming straight party ticket voting.
In the US senate, the Blues would have no seats and the Greens 2.
In the federal Congress, the Blues would have 4 seats and the Greens would have 1.
In the Electoral College, the Blues would have 0 Electors and the Greens 7 or, under the Maine rule, the Blues would have 4 Electors and the Greens 3.
In the state senate, the Blues would have 40 seats and the Greens would have 10.
In the state chamber, the Blues 400 seats and the Greens would have 100.
The Green Plan, as follows, is quite otherwise.
1 2 3 4 5
Green Voters 105 105 105 105 105
Blue Voters 95 95 95 95 95
Results of this plan, assuming straight party ticket voting.
In the US senate, the Blues would have 0 seats and the Greens 2.
In the federal Congress, the Blues would have 0 seats and the Greens would have 5.
In the Electoral College, the Blues would have 0 Electors and the Greens 7 or, under the Maine rule, the Blues would have 0 Electors and the Greens 7.
In the state senate, the Blues would have 0 seats and the Greens would have 50.
In the state chamber, the Blues would have 0 seats and the Greens would have 500.
One might want to sneak in some sort of proportional representation.
Note that the US Constitution does not require that representatives in the House be chosen by districts.
They could, like federal senators, be chosen in state-wide elections, under such rules that seats would be awarded to parties proportionate to their statewide votes, as nearly as mathematically possible.
In that event, there would be no US Congressional Districts in Absurdia, and its US House Delegation would comprise 2 Blues (47.5% of voters) and 3 Greens (52.5%).
If US senate seats were also allotted proportionately, both senators in each state running always in the same year, then in Absurdia each party would have one seat.
Buchananites of all countries seem to be unanimous on wanting to destroy, and not merely remove their own countries from, the EU.
Even in America, they want to destroy the EU.
Netflix has three Danish TV movies made of three of Jussi Adler-Olsen's novels.
They are excellent, not least because they lean toward the darkness.
In the novels, the curmudgeonly character Carl Morck seems too clownishly like Backstrom.
Not at all in these films.
Netflix has several fine foreign polars, subtitled in English.
Nice to see life can exist in countries that lack a divine mission to lead the world.
Putting an end to evil-doers and making the world safe for democracy, and all that.
To hear our politicians talk, the American people would have no idea what to make of politics, or even life, without American exceptionalism, our divine mission, and our unique status as the indispensable nation, the world's only superpower.
Or maybe it's just they who would have no idea.
Thursday, just the wife and I.
A 12 pound Turkey roasted with a bag of very lightly seasoned stuffing inside it, the stuffing prepared beforehand with a little water and a quarter pound of butter melted in.
Gravy out of a jar.
24 ozs of canned yams prepared with nearly a quarter pound of butter and 2/3 cup of brown sugar and cinnamon to taste, sprinkled with crushed pecans.
Leftovers packed for the fridge, white and dark meat, and also stuffing, in separate baking dishes, moistened with stock made fresh from the neck and giblets (not the liver), covered with aluminum foil.
Leftover yams packed in a sealed plastic container.
Friday, again just we two.
Saturday, the big meal with the kids and grandchildren.
Meat and stuffing heated in the oven in those baking dishes.
Another can of yams prepared as above, to go with the leftovers, all of it heated in a big orange frying pan.
Hawaiian rolls and butter.
Instant mashed potatoes prepared with light mayonnaise, and nuked frozen niblets.
Shiraz and Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Giant Eagle pumpkin and apple pies.
Redi-Whip and crushed pecans applied.
The chardonnay was great with the meal.
The shiraz was splendid with the pies, and after.
Making good memories to enjoy when things are not so good, as Epicurus recommends.
Or any time.
Giuliani has reportedly suggested everyone on the terror watch list be electronically tagged, their locations tracked at all times.
So if something happens at 5th and Main at 10 o'clock they can review the record to see who, if anyone, on the watch list was there at that time.
But since you are far more likely to be killed by your spouse than a terrorist, shouldn't we tag your spouse?
So if you are killed . . . .
Why stop with all the marrieds, eh?
And most progressive writers are spending their ink, this week, flipping out about the perils of Bannon and white nationalism in the White House, yelling about racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism.
But the politicians and nearly the entire liberal commentariat have been silent about a problem that seems only to worry Josh Marshall, so far.
Marshall and others at his site have been writing for days about Ryan getting his way with entitlements very, very soon in a Trump administration.
Will Trump's Trumpism, the whole list of ways in which he has all along rejected the agenda of establishment Republicanism, turn out to have been nothing but hot air?
Will he turn out to be a sock puppet for the standard issue, Wall Street Journal, Koch Brothers Republicans?
Or will geezers be thrown under the bus by him, despite his promises to them, in return for cooperation from Ryan and the rest on Trumpist agenda items closer to Il Duce's political heart?
Ryan and the establishment will want to use Trump's first two years to shove through as much of their radical agenda as possible, destroying as much as they can of what progressivism has achieved in nearly a century and a quarter, since the dawn of the 20th Century, while they control both houses of congress.
They will want to give him as little of his own, distinctive, Trumpist agenda as they can.
And the struggle is already underway.
Thing is, his only real weapon against them, the only tool he has to control them, is the same one Obama had, the presidential veto.
That and the bully pulpit.
No idea how this will play out.
A very good "long read" in The Guardian.
They look a lot like Breitbart, these Euro-populists, but perhaps with more openness toward the welfare and regulatory state than Trump, Bannon, or the Breitbart crowd have shown.
Trump has repeatedly sworn support for Social Security and Medicare, but how serious was that?
And what are Bannon's views, or those of the Breitbart crowd, on such things?
And those Trump infrastructure initiatives look pretty Big Government to me.
None of that is acceptable to the fiscal conservatives who make up the Republican congress and the whole of the party establishment.
Atheists, agnostics, and secularists against believers, sure.
But also and maybe mostly non-eurowhites against eurowhites.
That is how it is, on the left, today.
Once upon a time, even Protestants and liberals would have seen the Catholic conquistadors as the heroes freeing the natives from Mexican and Central American religions of mass human sacrifice.
You could say that even they, most of them, believed in the white man's burden much as Hillary believes today in the white woman's burden, overthrowing the subjection of women and persecution of LGBTs around the world, and perhaps especially in Islam.
How about that?
But Steve Bannon has been assigned a much more significant role in Trump's White House than Pat Buchanan ever had in Nixon's or Reagan's.
And Buchanan has been offered no role at all.
So how far is it just wishful thinking on PB's part, a passé old man's fantasy, that he thinks Trump - or Bannon, for that matter - is a perfect Buchananite?
To some extent, clearly, or else why John Bolton, who could not possibly be a worse fit for the Buchananite policy Trump has publicly espoused regarding Russia, Syria, the Middle East, and NATO?
Maybe Il Duce needs to surf Antiwar.com.
Well, should the Social Democrats have "stolen the Whigs'" - the Nazis' - "clothes" by promising to make Europe Jedenfrei?
What should the Democrats have done to win back uneducated whites, of whose economic interests they have been the staunch champions for over a century, as compared to the Republicans?
In a nutshell, robots, not coolies, have killed the high paying manufacturing jobs in America.
Clueless blowhard and faker Trump is not going to fix that.
0157 hrs EST.
Rachel says Roe is at risk more than ever before.
The GOP will get to appoint more than one dangerous judge if they have the White House and kill the filibuster for judges.
Podesta at 0203 hrs EST tells the folks at Javits to go home and get some sleep.
Nothing more will be said tonight by the Hillary people.
Brexit strikes America.
Even if Hillary wins - which seems very unlikely right now - the polls have been so astoundingly wrong it is barely believable.
The Clinton crowd in New York at the Javits Center is in despair.
Trump may be about to become the most disgraceful president in American history.
Chauncey Gardner with the soul of George Wallace.
Except that George Wallace was a real politician with plenty of experience and achievement behind him as an actual politician.
Donald Trump has not spent one day of his life in public service.
He has never run for or won or served in any public office in all his life.
Add to that that this is the best day in David Duke's life.
Rachel is weirdly and repeatedly pointing out that the Johnson vote is bigger than the lead Trump has over Clinton, castigating those who opposed Trump but could not bring themselves to vote for Hillary.
As if the second choice of Libertarian voters would have been Hillary, of course.
On the other hand, she is the only one in the pack of talking heads at MSNBC who insists on taking him at his word, in contrast to Chris Matthews who is now saying campaign rhetoric is all bullshit so we shouldn't be scared.
She is right that he is winning by spiking the white vote and she is, I fear, right to fear he will be in the awful ways many feared a man of his word.
At 0130 on 11/9 she and Chris are arguing hotly and he is defending the white working class and blaming Hillary for being soft on illegal immigration, and the Democrats for being that for the sake of the votes it gives them.
Chris may be right about that but she is right to insist on taking Il Duce's rhetoric seriously, and he is wrong to forget that even if he is right that white workers are suffering Trump is a malignant airhead with not a hint how to make anything better.
Gene Robinson more than once, but more or less alone (except for Rachel), has expressed alarm that a huge wave of white voters totally overwhelmed a giant turnout among blacks and Hispanics for Hillary.
And he's right that it's so much about race.
On policy and agenda the Democrats are and have been the party of the white working class since FDR.
That has not yet ended.
But the white working class has deserted the Democrats en masse over issues of culture and race, and in truth it seems to be mostly race.
This loss to The Duce was not brought about by fastidious leftists who went for Jill Stein.
But all the same we may have to face the Trump presidency people like Ron Chusid said would be better for America and its future than a Clinton victory.
I guess we'll all see how that works out.
As for me, I see this as something shockingly close to a victory for Buzz Windrip.
It looks like the GOP will control both the senate and the house, and in that case they will certainly not do anything to stop Trump from even egregious violations of the constitution by, for example, abolishing Obamacare by executive order, as he has said he would.
Their only real tool, after all, would be impeachment.
And who thinks a GOP house will vote to impeach a GOP president, no matter what he does?
MSNBC is now explaining how Hillary can win big in the popular vote while losing the Electoral College vote and hence the White House.
Still undecided at 0150 hrs EST.
I must say I will never take pollsters more seriously than my own gut, ever, again.
My gut told me for long this could be a Trump election.
And even if she wins . . . .