Blue Wave Lite: Dems Take the House but Not the Senate… and Don Lemon is Still a Lemon
Welcome everyone to our USA Really daily podcast for November 7. Obviously today is going to be heeeavy on election stuff. So if politics is your thing, I guess you’ll be happy as a clam, and if not, well, take heart, we do have a few non-election pieces, but obviously the elections is THE news of the day!
And again, don’t forget our two chances for you to win wheelbarrows full of cash—our Global Democracy Award where we’re looking for original works on the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for solid evidence of the government enforcing illegal censorship. In both cases, you could find yourself the happy owner of several thousands of dollars, so check both of these items out!
Let’s get this ball rolling with a look at our opinion piece: “The Crisis of Opioid Addiction in the United States as a Symptom of State Collapse” by Luis Lázaro Tijerina. “Every country or nation-state as it begins its decline or collapse, either as a result of economic disaster or through defeat in war, reveals other destructive indicators through other means— drug addiction among the masses and leadership being one of them,” Tijerina writes, and “Currently in the United States, the world is witnessing an unparalleled usage of opioids and prescription drugs by Americans due to various social factors, including social anxiety, the loss of work or meaningful work, the breakdown of family and community connections and interaction, and poverty that leads to homelessness.” So, that’s pretty bleak, so I guess you’d better check out this piece tomorrow to find out what’s really going on here and what the war on drugs is all about!
Looks like we’ve actually got a second opinion piece from Seraphim Hanisch today. He happens to be in America right now, and he took the opportunity to talk to an array of people about their feelings about the midterms just before the elections were held. The piece is called “America at the Midterms - Part I - Before the Election.” A common theme with those he talked to was sheer exhaustion about all of this election nonsense, and good ol’ President Putin! Check it out to get into the minds of those in PA and Florida that Hanisch spoke with.
And onto our “This Day in History” piece: Today we’ve got the Battle of Tippecanoe, the beginning of the Great Lakes Storm, and the Civil War Battle of Belmont. When I hear “Tippecanoe” I just think of that saying or phrase or whatever “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.” No, I don’t know what that’s about. Maybe I should look that up… Anyways, it was actually an important battle in the northeastern Indian Wars. And that Great Lakes Storm of 1913 TORE SOME SHIZ UP. Get all the deets in our full piece.
We’re actually going to kick off the news with a piece that’s political but not directly related to the elections. As we’ve discussed before, Don Lemon from CNN is a turd. And actually, that’s putting it mildly. He’s a race baiter… which is no surprise, since he’s a Democrat and it seems like the number of level-headed Democrats who can make a valid argument is rapidly dwindling. But worse still, Lemon doesn’t apologize when he says something stupid, but doubles down. He says one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard: “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” And then he has the nerve to call Trump a racist pig. And we’re not holding our breath for that apology either. What a jackass.
And let’s kick of the election material with a fun piece—a photo report of election day scenes from around the country. The voting booths look funny—everyone looks like they have their head in a cardboard box. Word on the street is that some polling stations were like a zoo, although these scenes are calmer than that. One lady with a baby even looks like she’s having fun. Who doesn’t enjoy carrying out their civic duty, eh?
Of course, you probably know by now that the Repubs managed to hold onto the Senate, but the Dems took the House. It wasn’t quite the blue wave they were hoping for, thank God, but they did gain some ground. One big story is that Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who was hoping to become Florida’s first black governor, LOST. In Texas, Beto O’Rourke LOST and Ted Cruz won. Phew! We’ve got some more results for you there, so be sure to check it out.
Our next article is actually not about the elections either, but it’s super sad: “Texas Newlyweds Die in Helicopter Crash Leaving Wedding.” About 90 minutes after exchanging vows, a young newlywed Texas couple was killed when the helicopter they left the reception in crashed north of Uvalde, Texas. William Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler were flying to a regional airport from where they planned to fly to their honeymoon destination, according to the Uvalde County Justice of the Peace Steve Kennedy. The guests of the wedding even saw the helicopter go down. What happened is a mystery—the pilot was very experienced and even hand-picked by the couple themselves. Lord have mercy!
The economy is bumpin’ lately: Over the past couple of years, stock prices have soared to unprecedented levels, and Wall Street has seemed to greatly appreciate the pro-business environment that President Trump has attempted to cultivate. Regulations have been rolled back, corporate taxes have been reduced significantly, and many corporate executives no longer fear that the federal government is out to get them. But now we’ve got a split Congress. Is that going to impact Trump’s ability to get things done. Is it going to reverse the positive trend we’ve been seeing? Let’s hope not, but get the details at our piece on the matter.
And another Democrat sign stealer has been caught red-handed! She was confronted in the act but just kept on walking and kept on pulling up them signs. Good ol’ Democrats. Some real class acts! Check out the piece for all the details.
And of course election day is a crazy day everywhere. I imagine it’s probably pretty hard to properly prepare for it. Thus, unsurprisingly, a number of issues have been reported—long lines, not enough ballots in some places, scanning machines not working, and so on. And, of course, there’s also talk of the machines being hacked. Get the full scoop right here!
And in New York, they even had a problem because it was raining so hard that people were getting their ballots wet and then they were jamming up the machines. Sounds absurd, but it’s true! It seems a number of polling places were even just mysteriously closed on election day. The mayor wasn’t happy—clearly the elections people were not well prepared.
Let’s jump off the election train for a brief second—a Colorado man, Christopher Lee Watts, has plead guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and his two young daughters! What an epic piece of garbage. No word of motive, but whatever it is, I hope this jackass goes away for good. The death penalty has been taken off the table because he plead guilty, but he faces 9 charges, including first degree murder, tampering with a body, and the unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Of course—if it’s wrong to terminate a pregnancy that means it’s more than a lifeless lump of cells…
Back to the elections—everyone’s favorite, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won! She’s the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at just 29. As one friend wrote on Facebook, she just might be the dumbest too. I mean, God bless her, she seems sincere, she seems nice, but she seems dumber than a bag of bricks. Can she answer anything coherently? Anyways, let’s hope she does something good, but again, I’m not holding my breath.
A USA Really correspondent went to Washington D.C. to take part in a meeting held by leading Republican political scientists to hear their opinion on the main features of this mid-terms campaign, and what has dramatically changed for the Party in the era of censorship and neo-liberal agenda. The speakers were Saul Anuzis, Coast to Coast Strategies, who has worked for Ted Cruz; Becki Donatelli, Campaign Solutions, who has worked both for John McCain and Lindsey Graham; and Harlan Hill, Logan Circle Group, one of the founders of the Democrats for Trump Movement. Check out the piece to find out what they had to say!
Actually, I’ll let you in on a little secret—in another one of our pieces, we give you more on what Becki Donatelli had to say—Facebook hates us all! No joke, she legit said that, based on the social media platform’s shady history of censorship and banning. I hadn’t ever thought of Facebook as hating us—just that it’s run by giant-sized douche bag, but hey, maybe she’s right.
And it looks like she’s at least right about veterans—for some reason Facebook has given the boot to the page for Veterans Today. Who the crap kicks out the veterans? "Facebook has been in continual contact with us for over two years. This isn't just simple censorship, you can't even mention VT on Facebook. This is warfare,” said Veterans Today Chief Editor Gordon Duff.
Then, American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene has commented on this midterm campaign, touching on its main features of it and the polarization in modern American society: “As a Republican, as a conservative, I find it really dangerous how both sides have dug into each other during this campaign, like never before. The media blames everything on one party, the Republicans, and I see much hypocrisy in it.” He’s got a lot more goodness to say, so be sure to check out this entire piece.
Well, all you loyal listeners out there, that does it for today. But let’s take a quick look at tomorrow’s opinion piece before we peace out for the night. The piece is entitled, “Bashing Immigrants: Trump’s Scapegoat or Red Herring?” by Jeffrey Silverman. America always needs its latest distraction. The economy is good now, so its on to immigrants! “It is not about right or wrong. When times are tough it is often the immigrants who are first to go, and under the most flimsy of excuses,” Silverman writes. He also writes, “The Republican Party’s wide embrace of white nationalist rhetoric on immigration feds the core of the party, hyping up the language of “invasion,” of infectious diseases, of the need for violent retribution — has clearly emboldened white supremacists and other xenophobes.” Now, there, I have to disagree with him for sure. The Republicans are not white nationalists and don’t use such language. That’s an incredibly serious misreading. But that’s my take on it. Check out this piece tomorrow and see what your take on it will be.
And with that, we close up shop. Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.