I had too much to dream last night

I’m not ready to face the light.

I didn’t like the look of the numbers, so I called it a night shortly before nine.

Herself had already toddled off to read something that wasn’t election results. I did likewise, clicked off the bedside lamp, and went to sleep.

But not for long.

Around 1:40 my eyes popped open and I could feel the boss shifting about.

“You sleeping?” I sez to her I sez.

“Off and on,” she sez to me she sez.

“Do we have to check?” I axed.

“Yes,” she replied.

So we did.

How we were able to get back to sleep after that I have no idea. Yet we did.

But those dreams. …

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26 Responses to “I had too much to dream last night”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I can’t believe the results so far. How could Trump get so many votes? Why wasn’t voter turnout bigger? Fingers crossed, we’ll see what happens.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s not over yet. But yeah, as with Bush v. Gore, this one should not have been close.

      Charlie Pierce keeps asking, “How does this guy get even three votes?”

      There are bright spots. Mark Kelly beat the odious Martha McSally in Arizona. John Hickenlooper croaked Cory Gardner in Colorado. Most of our favored candidates here in New Mexico won, though one gun-fondling dipshit prevailed down south.

      We had a record turnout here. For what that’s worth. … As Chazbo notes, “Awful people can still win elections in far too much of this country.”

      Incidentally, your fellow Texan Gilbert Shelton got there waaaaay ahead of us with “Wonder Wart-Hog and the Nurds of November,” a cartoon political-science essay about a presidential election gone horribly wrong. It’s out of stock at Rip Off Press, but you can still find copies scattered around online.

      The people like fascism. Go figure.

      Click here for a larger version.

      • SAO' Says:

        CPP also keeps pointing out that We The People have a strange problem with voting in, not just unqualified, but truly horrible people. The 25 year old in NC11 is a sociopath. The women from our Western Slope is a Q-addict. Ossoff vs Perdue shouldn’t have been close. Perdue is a stuffed shirt if I’ve ever seen one. And Tubberville … any Black football coach with his CV who said, I think I should run for the Senate, would be greeted with a “bless his heart.” But Tubberville is white and lives in Alabama, so he beat a legitimate national hero. (No one seems to care that his veterans charity was a total scam.)

  2. Stan Thomas Says:

    I hung on to see the Florida result … well that didn’t go the way it was supposed to.
    As an outsider looking in, I’ll echo the question “how does anyone vote for this guy?”. But then I look at Britain and Brexit and our very own mini-Trump and go oh yeah, there’s something seriously f**ked up in this world. And being reminded that Hitler was democratically elected does nothing to alay my fears. 90 years on and we seem to have learned nothing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Florida got ratfucked (again) after the state slapped a poll tax on felons who wished to vote. Says Chazbo Pierce:

      And speaking of Jim Crow, it’s hard not to conclude that Florida was allowed to be Florida again because of an infamous decision by its legislature to monkey-wrench a law that passed by referendum two years ago. Two thirds of Florida voters approved a ballot question by which felons were given back the franchise once they had completed every part of their sentence. The Republican legislature leaped in and passed a bill requiring the felons to pay back all their outstanding court costs and fines. This was fairly clearly a poll tax in sheep’s clothing. However, some Republican-installed judges in a federal appeals court sided with the legislature, and about 800,000 people who should’ve been allowed to vote in 2020 were prohibited from doing so.

      There’s a lot of that sort of thing going on around here, which is why we have to pay attention down-ballot, and not just to the people at the top of the ticket. Americans have always had a fascist streak, and lately it seems a couple miles wide.

      On a related note, I will always remember Fidel Castro fondly for offering to send election observers to Florida during the Bush v. Gore debacle. A thumb in the eye for Tio Sam, that was.

  3. si little Says:

    fyi, the last couple of posts seem to have the photos off center to the right. and, yeah, i am glad i live back in the woods in a cave, so far in that daylight is pumped to me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hm. What are you using for a ’puter and browser? I’m not seeing anything out of the ordinary on a Mac with Safari. But I’m posting using the Classic block with the new WordPress CMS and it wouldn’t surprise me if something had gone pear-shaped. Engineers engineering things what don’t need no engineering, is what.

      • si little Says:

        Acer laptop and firefox, but allfine on android smart(er than me)phone. I just miss the footnotes to your photos. Cheers

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I went to sleep but my other half turned on the radio and I heard this awful voice at sometime after one, and it wasn’t pretty. So I get up to check the results and was up till about five watching nothing change.

    Shit sandwich with glass sprinkles.

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Today Charlie Pierce went with my go-to HST quote, the one I almost used yesterday:

    “This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it — that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

    The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes and all his imprecise talk about ‘new politics’ and ‘honesty in government,’ is one of the few men who’ve run for President of the United States in this century who really understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon.

    McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose, as a matter of policy and a perfect expression of everything he stands for.

    Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?”

  6. Chris Ford Says:

    Check into getting an Emotional Support Canadian. Or, maybe we could swap you Alberta and Saskatchewan for Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and California.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We have one of those, and right next door. Born in Ottawa, raised in Vancouver. A godsend she is.

      We need to offload a few states, for sure, but I think we might want to hold on to the ones you’re after. Can I interest you in something from the Old Confederacy? Only driven on Sundays by a little ol’ Klansman.

  7. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Stupid is as stupid does. And us ‘mericans does stupid real good. So, if you is looking for truth and justice, well, that ain’t the ‘merican way boys and girls. Move along, move along, ain’t none of that truth and justice shit round here.
    On a bright note, if they send our house another $2400 that we don’t need, I will buy another amplifier!

  8. khal spencer Says:

    They just called Wisconsin for Joe. Its now 237-214

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      The courts will decide who will be president. Just like they will decide if the laws congress passes meet the constitutional test. Don’t count votes, litigate. Don’t legislate, litigate. Buckle up, it will be a long ride. I would bet money that Joe has already won the popular vote, not that it means a damn thing. BOHICA.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The popular vote is a foregone conclusion.

        Frank Bruni wrote a good piece, including

        “…The dream of a landslide for Joe Biden was just that. A repudiation of President Trump as emphatic as he deserved didn’t come to pass.

        And I can’t get my head around that last part. Just how badly must a leader behave — just how rotten must his character be — for him to be rejected unequivocally in America circa 2020?”

        There is homework for the political science wonks. My guess is we are so polarized that people see either red or blue and pull the lever. You could run a hamster on either ticket and it would get most of that side’s votes.

        Daniel Herriges wrote a nice piece over at Strong Towns yesterday, “We Don’t Live in a World of Cartoon Villains”, opining that this polarization has a very strong positive feedback loop. Kinda like the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. And capable, methinks, of a similar outcome.


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I just went out for a five-mile hike. So that’s one for me.

  9. khal spencer Says:

    Add Michigan. 253-214.

  10. SAO' Says:

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