Monthly Archives: November 2020
I have written yesterday about the Miraculous medal. Today, I would like to make some further reflections on it.
Whilst the apparitions took place in 1830, St Catherine lived until 1876. Born in 1806, she basically saw Napoleon, the Bourbon Restoration in 1814, the July Revolution in 1830, then another Revolution in 1848, then the siege of Paris in 1870 and, shortly thereafter, the horrible Parisian Commune. That’s quite a lot.
I have no doubt that, at that time, there was no scarcity of people claiming that The End Was Near. I actually doubt that there was any time, pacific or violent, revolutionary or conservative, in which a lot of people did not think the same.
The fact is, that the world did not end. Governments come and go. Kings are deposed. Revolutionaries are killed. Normally, things find a way to adjust themselves, albeit at times after a long time, and not without shedding of blood.
The United States are, if you ask me, in one of the most dramatic phases of their existence. The very foundations of their institutions are about to the shaken by the theft of an election which, if allowed to happen, will redefine the way their institutions work, encourage further thefts form the power-hungry Democrats, and severely test the very fabric of the Country.
It is naive – nay, it is stupid – to think that a Democrat victory will, with some little adjustment here and there, put an end to election controversies. Democrats are power-crazed bastards. If they don’t want to steal power for the money (which many do), they want to do it to further their socialist agenda (which more and more among them also do). When they see that cheating pays, they will make of it a massive, permanent fixture of every election. If the Supreme Court allowed the rot to fester there will be peace today, but a likely gangrene tomorrow.
Unless the Country finds the way to prevents the theft now, the possibility of a massive bloodshed down the line is a very real one. We see, looking at the past, that leftists are never happy, and they will never play fair unless they really have to. In 2020 it was the CHAZ. At some point in future, it will be another Parisian Commune. As to the integrity of the elections, this is blindingly obvious: no democracy can go on for very long without bloodshed, whose elections are a joke. At some point, it will be either civil war or communist servitude. To think that leftists can be appeased is to think that the fox will, given the opportunity, kill half the hens.
Unless the Country finds the resources to deal with the cancer that is eating it, I see dark days in its future. Not immediate future, mind; but dark days nevertheless.
Still: the world will not end. Providence will be at work. The United States will likely survive, albeit shedding blood at some point. Presidents will come and go. We will live other dramas, and other triumphs. The world in which St Catherine Laboure’ lived is our world; merely – for the time being – far more pacific.
The Message is as actual today as it was in 1830:
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee.
Catholic Exchange has a beautiful post about St Catherine Laboure’. I am one of the many who carry the Miraculous Medal, and could not imagine being without now.
There is a reason why Catholicism is so attached to “physical” things. The cold feeling on your forehead when you sign yourself with the Holy Cross; the smell of the incense in the church; the beauty and majesty of sacred music; the elaborate splendour of our churches; the contrast between the busy street outside of the church and the quiet atmosphere inside it; the appreciation for relics, things which can you can see and touch; the time-honoured tradition of pilgrimage (another very physical way to approach your faith), or the blessing of objects from Bibles to… cars, are only some of the ways in which a Catholic “connects”, on a purely physical but, still, intimate way, with his faith.
Gold crosses, gold metals and, often, miraculous medals are just some of these physical connections to our beautiful faith. They are, literally, on our skin. When I think of my miraculous medal during the day (say, as I walk through an office corridor), I cannot see it, but I know it is there, right on my skin, connecting with me at a very elemental level, and helping me to connect to the Blessed Virgin on a far superior one.
Nor does this seem to be a purely Catholic phenomenon. I am sure every Elvis Presley or Confederacy museum, or every Hall of Fame, has an extensive collections of objects related to the theme of the relevant institution, exactly for the purpose of the physical connection to, say, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, or Stonewall Jackson. It’s simply the way we humans are wired. The Church, in Her wisdom, helps us on our journey of faith utilising exactly these elementary but, ultimately, very effective mechanisms.
Let the Protestants say that these are all superstitions; that we worship things, or think they have some magical value (where they got this from, beats me), and that the only thing that count is to be “buddy with Jesus” (I hear some of them talking, and I wonder if they think they “high-fived” Him in the morning).
We, who are Catholics, will hold our traditions dear, and will live – and cherish – the particular way in which our faith connects, at a very intimate level, with us.
Yesterday we received a very special Thanksgiving gift in the form of a Supreme Court judgment killing Andrew Cuomo’s unconstitutional – nay: outright dictatorial, arbitrary, and God-hating – ban on gathering of more than a few people in churches.
Slowly, sanity is coming back, and the idea that people would not be allowed to gather in church whilst they are allowed to protest, loot, block streets and do any other sort of things which, in the estimation of Mr Cuomo, are more important than these pesky Christians going to Church – where they learn to better love Christ, and better hate Cuomo – has been demolished. Of particular note here is that it appears that Mr Cuomo appears to have “gerrymandered” the boundaries of the zones where you can and cannot do things in order to include in the prohibition as many Jews as he can. I suspect they vote Republican.
Besides the obvious aspect of religious liberty – a concept foreign to Andrew Cuomo, for whom liberty is whatever he allows you to do – there are another couple of aspects of this that I would like to bring to your attention.
The first: this was a five to four decision. Clearly, we are only one Supreme Court Justice away from having religious liberty at the mercy of any sanitary rule that is not applied to most other people. I am, for the record, not surprised that Roberts has now gone full liberal. I normally do not indulge in conspiracy theories, but boy, unless the man has gone full omega to please the wife or to feel he is part of rich liberal elite, they must have something truly terrible on him.
The second: this was a fairly difficult-to-take, quite unpopular decision. The Justices knew they would be accused of “killing people”, being responsible of “genocide”, and all the other nonsense the basement-dwelling Twitter morons love to spit on these occasions, promptly echoed by the North Korean Mainstream Media. One can only hope and pray that this is, so to speak, a signal or at least an indication that those very same Justices will not be afraid to do what is right in the extremely important decisions that are coming to them in the next weeks.
This is why I always stressed, and will continue to do so, that it is important that the anger of the victim of this Mother Of All Electoral Frauds keep being vocal, keep gathering and (peacefully, of course) protesting, and keep spreading the information that is being unearthed day after day. The justices are humans, and if you think that they are not prone to being influenced by the leftists mob and the calls of Biden as “President Elect” I have a bridge I would like to sell you.
Pray, hope, and try not to worry.
Providence is at work, now as ever.
This year, as people all over the United States reflect on the many graces God has Given to them during the year (most of us do not fret over the harvest anymore; but life never changes, and we all have our challenges), I think one reflection becomes obligatory.
God has given us Donald Trump. The man has been, for four years, such a beacon of hope, that I do am unable to see in his rise and many successes anything but the Divine Hand at work.
Trump continues, to this day, to amaze us. I would actually say that he has never amazed me during the last four years as he did during the last three and a half weeks. This man is truly unique.
We may win or lose this battle. God allows, at time, those on the right side to suffer setbacks, defeats, or humiliations, so that their fight – and their faith in the face of adversity – may shine even more amongst the iniquities of men and the snares of the devil. Make no mistake, this can go either way, and after a massive, obvious fraud the destiny of this elections will, most likely, be in the hands of five people who might, or might not, do the right thing, instead of being that glorious dawn of victory that would have been if the United States’ voting system had been less of a joke.
Still, if – quod Deus avertat! – Trump were to become, no matter how unjustly, a one-term President, I will – as, I am sure, will History – remember him as one of the greatest of all times, and these last weeks as his finest hour.
Keep praying. Give thanks to the Lord for the gift of this man. Keep hoping. Be realistic about the possibility of injustice being consummated, but be confident that the efforts we are seeing, and the obvious facts that are emerging every day, will give us victory in the end.
There is a lot I have to be personally thankful for in this otherwise horrible 2020.
But Donald Trump, he is a gift to us all.
This article (Achtung: Daily Mail!) about so-called “gay” marriage is, in its tragic way, funny in the total confusion of minds it shows.
The lowdown: “married” dykes are divorcing like you wouldn’t believe. The person who complains about it is one of those her(it, him) self.
The alleged explanation? “Marriage” promotes traditional, normal roles; and dykes are, as we all know, all but normal.
Still, the reasoning goes this way: abnormal people (I agree) want to be normal (you wish; but I agree this is the intent), and so they “marry” and buy themselves the normalcy and the “respectability certificate”, courtesy of the UK Government (I agree). However, nothing in their reality really changes (I agree). Hence, the disorder within translates into the easily to be expected disorder without. No surprises there. What we discover now, say these people, is that the evil they celebrated is, actually, not good at all even for them. My head is spinning.
Still, I wonder: if this normalisation of deviancy is, in fact, a celebration of the normalcy that is just, erm, not there, why all the screeching to get it? My answer: in order to pretend, to delude oneself that some normalcy is there, when this is clearly not the case.
Also, adultery seems to be in play in the vast majority of these, erm, “divorces”. This is another contorted hypocrisy. By definition, these people should be against the rules of normal society. If they aren’t, it means that they live in a world of lies, lies that cause the fast breaking of their relationships.
Mind, I do not think that putting a fake “marriage” label on these arrangements is what make them fail. The label only attracts more attention on something that was there before: the obvious inability to form a real relationships, because the complementarity of male and female, which is at the very core of them, is so obviously missing.
The years since the legalisation of these abominations have shown one thing clearly: the total failure, and the total ridicule, of the attempt to disfigure a God-Given institution for entirely anti-Christian (and, in fact, satanic) purposes.
In the next years, more and more middle-of-the-road, conformist sheeple will come to realise that these people are children playing responsible adult, clamouring for the toys they are not allowed to have, and unable to use them when they get them.
Still, the ridicule on this earth is a very small price to pay. The one that will be paid at death will let everything else pale in comparison.
Pray for the salvation of every soul, “praesertim eas, quae misericordiae Tuae maxime indigent”. But never cease to remind yourself and others what path these people have put themselves on.
I must say, this was an instructive week. In fact, I can barely remember another week that was so rich in new insights.
I have learned that a man called, for decades, America’s Mayor, one of the most famous prosecutors worldwide, and a man universally admired from both sides of the aisle before aligning with Trump, has thrown away everything he remembers about how to do his job. I have also learned that he has decided to be remembered for a several week long exercise in shenanigans, at the end of which he will come out with absolutely no evidence at all for what he claims. This is strange, because, looking at him, he doesn’t come across as another Biden.
I have, also, learned that “evidence” is a quite difficult hurdle. Hundred of affidavits, exposing their signatories to jail if they have lied, are now not considered evidence. Who would have thought? This is, I must say, shocking news. Still, I heard it on CNN, so it must be true.
Then I have learned that some of the most extremely famous lawyers in the Country; people who, other than Giuliani, are still active and extremely well paid, have clearly decided to destroy their reputation and forego a couple of decades of extremely remunerative professional activity (let’s call it, very likely, tens of millions of dollars) for the sake of a useless charade that, as CNN clearly told me, will end up with absolutely nothing.
Finally, I have learned that I do not have to encumber my little mind with stuff like electoral fraud, or votes switched from Trump to Biden, or votes with date falsified, or votes with no signature verification at all, and the like. This is a waste of time, that makes of me a conspiracy theorist, a racist and a bad, bad man. The legacy media tell me that there is nothing to it, so that is settled. Also, I need to really understand that when the legacy media write that all Trump lawsuits have been thrown off by the courts and he has now nothing else to do but concede, they must be right, without bothering my little brain with the attempt to understand why, more than a week after after all these lawsuits have been thrown out and Trump had nothing left, the man has still not conceded and Giuliani & Co. pretend that nothing has changed.
Mind, there was a time where I thought (I apologise for this!) that there might have been something in the accusations, and that dead people, people residing in other States, dogs, cats, and squirrels might have voted. However, after I knew that a second count, including all the votes cast by dead people, people residing in other States, dogs, cats, and squirrels was being carried out, my mind was at ease. Clearly, if there was something wrong with the first count, recounting the exact same votes will certainly allow any irregularity to emerge. I didn’t know it worked that way, but I have been assured on TV that this is the way it works. Therefore, it must be true.
I must, again, apologise with my readers for having come dangerously near to a Conspiracy Theorist. I should have trusted CNN et al. to explain reality to me, without bothering my little brain with the attempt to reconcile what they say with what I see. This is dangerous thinking, because it encourages one to think that there might be another reality than the one objectively reported to us by the Legacy media.
This clearly cannot be. How do I know, you ask?
I have heard it on CNN!
Let me tell you my experience of voting in the Eighties, in Italy.
Background: Catholic Countries have no problems with voting on a Sunday. Communists were strong. They would go to vote. As a result, the others went, too. There was strong mistrust in the other side. Blessedly, there were no computers involved.
This is how I remember them.
First: you need to haul your ass to the polling places. There are people who are nonagenarian, or centenarian. There are people who physically die whilst on the ballot box. There are people coming in in gips, on wheelchairs, on stretchers! If you don’t want to go to vote, you don’t deserve to live in a democracy. If you cannot vote, tough luck. The integrity of the process comes first. There might have been some slight exception (I never asked how they vote in hospitals), but they were scarce, if any.
You walked to vote on a normally sunny Sunday morning, normally in June. The voting place is a local school or public building. Little queue, as there is one voting section every few hundred voters. After the couple minutes of waiting, which you use to greet your friends, if any there, look at the girls, and read the instructions, you enter the (class)room (where only authorised people can enter, so you are invited to get in) and show the president of the section (with two aides on the side) the certificate that was sent to you at home and your valid proof of identity. The voter rolls are scrupulously kept. There are, in the room, party observers: one per party (only the big parties are generally interested) and section. They are recognisable from the obligatory arm band with the symbol of their party.
The president of the voting section notes your ID, in the presence of the aides. He retires and files your certificates and gives you the physical polls and a special, indelible pencil. You get in your boots and stand there in complete privacy. You vote according to instructions you have just read.
You go back to the president and give him your folded, color-coded paper ballots. He (not you) puts them in the relevant ballot boxes. You return the pencil. He says “buona giornata”, you say “anche a Lei” ( but it’s not unlikely that you know him; then “ciao” will do).
The Army stands in every school where the vote takes place. They are very visible, because they want to be seen. A handful of people, five or six if I remember correctly. They have beds. Of course, they have firearms.
On Sunday evening, IIRC at 8 PM or 10 PM, the section closes, but the vote will go on on the Monday until 2PM. The rooms with the ballots are sealed, doors and windows. The President signs the seals. The army will guard all the rooms, from the inside and the outside of the school or polling place, during the night.
The following morning, fairly early, the voting commission is there again. In the presence of the army guy, the President of the section certifies the integrity of the seals (doors and windows) and brakes them.
The voting resumes, allowing those who work on a Sunday, or had to visit the in-laws, or had other reasons, to vote on the Monday morning. On the (generally slower, hence, no queue at all) Monday morning, everything goes as the day before.
At 2pm, the polling place (say, the school) closes. Of course, those still in the line can complete operations.
At this point, a very complex procedure begins. Every citizen can assist to the count, but the party representatives are the ones authorised to physically stay near the president of the section, look at the ballot and talk to (or quarrel with) him as the president calls the votes aloud, singularly, and his aides record them manually. Contested votes are, not without the usual, emotional Italian discussions, set apart as “contested votes” but counted in (means: if the president says this is a vote for the Democrazia Cristiana, it is *provisionally* counted for them but set apart). Discussions can be long and tiresome (the pencil sign cannot go out of the relevant box; at times it is very feeble, etc). Everything is read aloud and showed: vulgar expressions (very few), jokes (some), salami slices, an Italian symbol for “corruption” (some). If anyone gets violent or disruptive, or keeps harassing the president without accepting his (provisional) decision, the president, who has the power of arrest, can order the army to have the disrupter arrested and removed on the spot. Make no mistake, there will be a criminal record, possibly jail time.
All this is done manually, by hand, and called in the presence of the public and the party representatives. The numbers are counted and recounted, manually, with frequent tallies during the day. They are called, in the presence of everyone. All the ballots are kept religiously filed by voting issue, and with the contested ones separated from the rest.
When the vote counting has ended, the ballots and all documentation are put in sealed boxes. The transport part starts. At least one member of the voting commission, plus the army, *plus any party representative who so asks* (and they always do!) enter the transport vehicle (s) and remains in the physical presence of the sealed boxes, so that there is confidence that no one has tampered with them during the transport phase.
The ballots are transported to vote gathering centres. There, they will be kept, the vote counted and tallied to other sections coming from all over town, and there will be a special second examination of the contested ballots, an “appeal” so to speak, with the same procedure as before.
Everything is handled scrupulously. Every single ballot, voting certificate, ID documentation is kept for any check or recount that should be ordered.
No software, no machines, no levers, no algorithms. No one claiming he is too stupid to make a cross on a paper ballot. No one too lazy to go to vote.
Democracy does not come to you. You go to it, and thank God you have it.
This is how it worked. It worked well.
I think it’s how it should be.
I wish I were helped to keep my sanity in these trying times.
I have cut the MSM to basically zero (I can’t escape them by virtue of my job, but other than that, they’re dead to me). I pray and try to keep serene.
But I think I should be helped. And I am not.
First culprit is Breitbart. With their always polemic style, they do not hesitate in writing dozen of, ultimately, defeatist headlines just trying to rile up their readers against the Democrats; which, like it or not, is their usual style and what made much of their success.
Countless Breitbart headlines along the lines of Biden “will” do this and Kamala “will” do that, and *that* guy has been appointed, and so on, just send the wrong message. The message should be that Bidet and Kamela “would”, not “will”; that they play government like the children in kindergarten, etc.
Second culprit is Trump. Boy, I love the man. But gosh, I wish he would stop and think before sending many of his tweets. I remember the one when he said that he would “move abroad” if Biden won. Can you imagine George Washington openly contemplating defeat in the midts of the battle, and proclaiming it openly to all his armies? Then there are the many tweets (not just the very recent one) where he says “won” in connection with Biden. One understands the spirit in which it is said, but for heaven’s sake, language is important and tweets should be carefully crafted. Then there would be the matter of all those tweets all or largely in capitals; which, if you ask me, don’t look very self-confident. His lawyers, on the contrary, are much more measured and factual and, therefore, much more reassuring.
Third is Trump’s inaction in the presence of indiscretions concerning him. Fake media reported a “close friend” of him stating he had a phone conversation with the guy, and stating that he was under “no illusion” about the outcome. This comes, mind, as Trump said on Friday that “it can go either way”, another big mistake when the opponents do not say this and pretend their fake victory is as unquestionable as the sun. It is clear now, several days after the phone call, that the phone call’s content was either misinterpreted or willfully falsified. No tweets on that that I know of.
Some might say that Trump is playing 4d chess. I’d be happier with the usual, 3d one, played properly.
This can be won or lost.
But I wish it were played differently from the people on our side.
The article linked here is some days old, but is not a parody. It is a simple fact that a MSM outlets reports about the (mediocre) results of Facebook attempt to censure its members. As if it was the normal, sane, obvious thing to do.
There are lawsuits going on everywhere. The Country is in turmoil. This is, unquestionably, the most contested election in the last decades, 2000 one not excluded.
But for the MSM, this is all fake news, conspiracy theories, Alex Jones stuff. Hey, Facebook needs to stop this. Otherwise where will it end, with people supporting Trump?
Make no mistake: this is the world that awaits you if Biden wins this. Constant indoctrination, and censorship seen as normal by the sheep; they will, as always, follow their evil shepherds in the Democrat party and elsewhere.
I am informed that there will be Stop The Steal gatherings on many State Capitals today. Please try to get information and take part if you can.
And pray. Pray as much as you can. Give thanks to the Lord that he has given us such a fighter as Trump.
However this goes, this guy is a legend.
I can’t look at the news anymore as I feel like this is giving me a cancer. But I can’t sleep well at night, either. I wake up and pray and pray, at some point exhaustion wins and I have an uneasy sleep, dreaming horrible stuff about a demented nincompoop now President, and a harpy laughing like the evil witch in a cheap movie.
I have lost 2 kilos in a few days out of sheer inquietude, then gained them again as it was clear that Trump really wanted to fight this to the end.
Most of all I blame myself for – besides praying, of course – not being able to abandon myself to God’s perfect Will. “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry” has become “Pray, Worry, and Don’t Sleep”. Working on it, though.
Every day that this fight goes on some good news trickle its way to me. It is very encouraging how many of my colleagues come to me to signal their support for Trump (I am never particularly shy about my political orientation). Still, I wonder if this is like the Wehrmacht rejoicing at the initial success of the Battle of the Bulge. I think it’s better than that, but you get my drift.
Still, I found some peace (and regained my weight) when it was clear to me this is going to be fought, then there is little that is worse than impotent rage at a great injustice consumed under your eyes, without you being able to do anything.
I also see encouraging signs of a culture war that will keep raging on even if this particular battle should be – quod Deus avertat! – lost. Newt Gingrich very recently was the stuff of legends, the likes of Jim Jordan represent the next generation, however this goes.
But I should practice what I preach, relax, pray in serenity, go on with my life, and put my trust in the Lord whatever happens. Still, here I am, before 6 in the morning, tired before the day has started, feeling like a truck has gone over me, another day in front of me when I try to avoid the news and focus on work, of which – by God’s grace – there is a lot.
I’ll have to revisit the “Abandonment to Divine Providence”.
But I think I’ll keep that in reserve for the case we lose.
I had suggested some days ago that Trump keeps holding rallies, to show the immense support on his side.
The optics are very dangerous when there is one side trying to convince the planet that they have already won, and that’s that. The obvious play here is to create a situation where the Supreme Court has no courage to overturn the verdict of the press.
It appears Trump understands it and will be holding more rallies.
It’s a good idea. It’s bringing the fight both to the courts and to the streets. It’s showing that a nincompoop who couldn’t get 20 people at his rallies has not had more votes than a man adored by the people like he is The New Elvis.
Please support your President as you can, but particularly with your prayers. I wake up at night and pray for him and his cause, and I live one ocean away.
I can tell you as a total fact that many people, here in Europe, perfectly understand what is happening and side with President Trump.
Do not lose courage.
As always, Lord, Thy Will Be Done.
But it should not be because of lack of effort on our side.
“Something is telling me to stand firmly behind President Trump and stay the course. Do not give in to this, do not capitulate, do not get disheartened. We need to be bold right now. We need to say this is obvious fraud (which it is) and that we demand a recount and we demand this go to the Supreme Court if necessary. There is something even bigger than the election that seems to be going on.
Stay BOLD and sure. Don’t talk as if we lost. Don’t admit defeat. Whatever he is doing, get behind it, and pray, pray, pray. He most surely is a warrior, he will not give up. We cannot give up, this is our country, we cannot give in to criminals who pretend we need to have someone ride in on a donkey with the abacus to count votes. That is nonsense.
This is their COUP”.
Yes. There is something bigger than Trump going on.
Give in on this and it is the end of the confidence in the vote, plus a licence to the Dems to steal as much as they please in the corrupt parts of the Country they control.
The consequences could, in the long term, be unimaginable.
Well I could finally sleep (one night without closing an eye, then an entire day at work; sleep is sweet after such a day!) and I think I can offer some reflection.
This massive fraud was already in the making. Still, the brazenness and scale of it astonishes. It is also astounding that election fraud is treated so lightly in the US compared to Europe. The voting rules and voting standards are pure Third World.
Those Democrats who thinks local fraud and manipulation are enough to get rid of Trump have learned nothing from the shampeachment theater. Trump is no Romney. He is a fighter, which is why we love him.
Plus: Trump is in. Biden is out. The Supreme Court will be (I very much hope) reasonable. There is so much that is crooked in what has happened that a reasonable person, and a reasonable judge, will immediately see what is what.
I think Trump should go full-scale lawfare, and keep campaigning. He should keep mobilising thousands whilst his opponent embarrasses his dog. He should make clear to everyone whom the people of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona have chosen.
Mind: we might still lose. The world would not end. It would not be the end of the United States. A Great Nation, who has survived far bigger tests, would, with God’s grace, survive this test, too. But there is no denying that, if things were to go the wrong way, this would be a great test for freedoms all over the West, and the influence of China and the illiberal Internet Plutocrats would cast a very sinister shadow over not only on the United States, but the entire Western world.
Still, I think we will win in the end. I just can’t see a fraud of this scale, so foreseen, so obviously prepared months beforehand with the help of unscrupulous judges, will come to pass.
Trump is still in. Biden is still out. The Supreme Court is in good shape. The fraud was evident.
As I prepare to spend a sleepless night rooting for the unborn (and many other things besides), I would like to give my readers some last pieces of advice.
Stay away from the exit polls
I have already suggested that the MSM be avoided altogether. However, as the day progresses the temptation “to know” will be very strong for some. Please avoid it. They are toxic. They will gaslight you to the very end. Please stay away. Thanks.
If you really want to have an idea of how things are going…
… look here. This is the Florida map, updated every half hour or so, by party affiliation. This is now by total votes, that is: votes by mail plus early vote in person plus vote cast up to… now during election day. As I write this, Republicans are up 148k (at last update before press: it was +133k when I started writing!). This is amazing. If Rs lead even by party affiliation, when you add the expected (small) lead among independents and the obvious, bigger crossover from Ds to Rs than from Rs to Ds (the unavoidable consequence of all those Cubans and Venezuelans, plus a no small number of Blacks, now supporting Trump) you get an idea of what is happening. I think we might end the voting day with Rs up 200k + in the party affiliation, and much more than this in the final tally. Florida is a safe state now, and there will be no “malarkey” in Broward County anymore (tightened rules, and at least one “usual suspect” people kicked out in recent years).
And if you really are not easy to please…
… reflect on this: in the last decades, whenever an incumbent President has increased his vote in Florida, he has very often increased it also in the States which interest us today: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin.
Folks, things are going seriously well, and it is stunning to read on Twitter all those Dems still so confident of victory. They will, I think, cry twice as hard.
Summa summarum: a realistic (not assured, but realistic) scenario sees Trump carrying more or less easily all the States he carried in 2016, ex PA, WI and MI. This is 260 electoral votes reasonably in the bag. No, I don’t think AZ is in play. Close, yes, but lost, no. I might be wrong. But I am often right.
The only thing that Trump will, then, need, is a last assault at the remaining ten electoral vote by winning *one* of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or the combination of Nevada and New Hampshire. He won the first three in 2016 and is well placed now, particularly in the first two. He is well within the reach of the other two. And he needs only one of these paths, whilst Biden would need all of them.
“But Mundabor, Mundabor! Trump might not win any of those states!” Yes, he might. He might lose Arizona, for all I know. I just don’t think he will. Plus, remember: the incumbent increasing his vote in Florida is quite likely to increase his votes it in WI, PA and Mi, too; all three are States he carried in 2016.
Yes, there will be litigation. Yes, PA will be a mess for days to come, and I think likely that only the Supreme Court will put an end to the Democratic machinations and frauds. Yes, there will be moments when you think things are not going so well. But stay cheerful and pray. Biden surely would want to be in our situation now.
Last pieces of advice
Ohio will likely count the early vote first. Expect an early lead of the Dems in Ohio, hopefully (I would say: quite likely) destroyed by Rs as the night progresses.
Iowa: I seem to remember they do like Ohio: early votes first = early Dem advantage.
Pennsylvania: Scranton and Philadelphia votes tend to come faster than the rural zones. I also don’t know how they treat early votes. Expect a sizeable to huge advantage for Biden at the start (particularly if they count all early vote first), and then enjoy the ride as the Republicans run after the lead in the race.
Florida: Broward/Palm Beach/Miami-Dade County votes tend to come somewhat late, possibly because in the past they had the habit of first deciding how many votes they “needed”. Wait for Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach to be depleted of votes before you open a bottle. However, I suggest you put the bottle in the fridge now.
Florida: the panhandle has a different time zone. Expect a lot of R votes to come from there, potentially offsetting the onslaught of “late votes” from, say, Broward.
Conservative Treehouse: see other posts.
Larry Schweikart will have his live feed here.
Steven Crowder has a youtube channel that should have another live feed (I think language can be raunchy at times. But they are good people).
Peoples Pundit Daily (Twitter feed here) should have a database here. It does not work well as I write this, and I fear it will repeatedly crash if the traffic is too much. An alternative to the damn NYT (who also want your email for a “free trial” to get past their paywall) is the just as damn New Yorker, which has one that seems free from paywall. I’ll try to avoid it, but in a pinch it will do. Lovely typeface, too.
[EDIT: RIGHT SIDE BROACASTING NETWORK appears to have a live programme on Youtube].
Guys and dolls, it has been a glorious ride, and I will never forget the excitement and hope of these days of prayer and battle.
We are, hopefully, and God willing, almost there.
There is something funny about these people. They still talk as if the Country listened to them. It probably never did, it certainly does not do it now.
It has been reported that pollsters need to phone 100 people to get 6 to answer. This means that, of 100 people called, 94 will tell them to go pound sand in one way or the other. Who do you think will talk to the polls more frequently: the Republicans, who abhor and, in case, like to troll them, or the Democrats, who know the pollsters are on their side?
The figure above, if true, would certainly destroy any pretence that this industry has any credibility left. It would, in fact, confirm what a joke they have become. If you read a poll presentation that states “poll taken out of 1,000 respondents; please note that another 15,500 did not want to talk to us”, would you take it seriously?
The mainstream media poll industry does have a future, though. As paid shills of the Democrats, busy trying to fabricate a convenient narrative for month before the election, before saying that the race is “tightening” in the last hours (actually, Nate Silver seem not to do even this, at least for now. It’s as if he lived in a parallel planet, where early vote data do not exist, everybody is blind and common sense has been banned par ordre du mufti), they certainly will have no scarcity of newspapers and TV stations commissioning polls with the results they want. It is what they all do now anyway, and it seems this particular fake news industry is thriving.
Nor is poll deception something new. Reagan was given as a sure loser mere days after the 1980 vote. Bush 41, too, in 1988. After 2016, when the pollsters promised to “do better”, they gave Andrew Gillum (yes, that Andrew Gillum: the drug addicted homo the Dem wanted as governor in Florida; I bet it cost them some votes now!) an insurmountable 11 points advantage one week before election day! They have always deceived. They were merely more subtle with it, and sounded slightly less ridiculous forecasting a Dukakis landslide than a Biden one. Poor Biden is now forced by his handlers to go out in the cold, and he embarrasses himself several times a day just trying to open his Chinese-bought mouth.
In the future, we will have two kind of pollsters: the jokers, who will be on ABC and CNN all the time; and the serious ones, on the Internet and outside of the MSM channels. Still, we will always have clown pollsters. There will be clown pollsters for as long as there are clown news outlets willing to employ them.
If I were Frank Luntz, I would not fear for my job.
As we approach the Moment of Truth (likely, but without any certainty, followed by the Weeks of Triumph; accustom yourself now to the idea that Election Night will have a coda several weeks long, with litigation galore even if the final outcome is clearly a Trump victory), I would like to give my reader some warning about two last minute tricks that might be played on them.
- Early Calls to influence voters
This is an old trick, successfully played by Fox in 2018 to discourage late-voting California Republicans from going to the polls. It worked. Don’t be fooled this time.
I can easily imagine very, very dirty tricks like, say, ABC or CNN, or even the Associated Press, calling states like Florida, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania 30 minutes (or 3 minutes) after polls close. The news would spread like wildfire. Millions in the West (Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico) would be discouraged from going to the polls, and House seats all over the West would be lost. I trust these institutions (including the Associated Press) with such tricks. They have no shame. They would “recall the call” two hours later, and say “sorry folks, the data we had said that Biden was winning with 99% advantage. Unfortunate, uh?”. Insulate yourself from everything that is not a) fact and b) coming from the right source.
2. Talking Heads Pushing Hard for Biden To The End
In 2016, the allegedly conservative people at Fox were happily discussing Texas turning Democrat on Election day. This is the kind of dirty trick they are extremely likely to play this year, too (yes, Fox not excluded). Fox is not your friend, merely some show hosts among their people are. They have lost the right to be called I do not say friendly to us, but even balanced. Fox is some heroes and many villains, it’s what they are.
Isolate yourself from MSM and official news of all kind. This includes Fox.
Follow the election on one or more of the sources available on the Internet. “Louder with Crowder” will go live on Youtube. Sundance at the The Conservative Treehouse will be, as always, amazing. There will certainly be many other reliable channels following this live. This is the best choice for your sanity.
I remember that night (for me it will be an all-nighter and on into the following morning) in 2016. I followed exclusively The Conservative Treehouse for the news, and the site of the New York Times with the live count of the votes for the raw data. That was all, until that time when I was satisfied that things were going really well. It is only at that point that I switched on my TV/Youtube and enjoyed the Liberal Tears, by now flowing copiously. It was great, great fun and, considering the circumstances, a fairly relaxed night. Shockingly, the Youtube recordings of that night show that all big outlets considered the race a done deal for Hillary, and were not subtle at all about it. This year, the level of propaganda will reach a new height.
Summa summarum: pray, hope, don’t worry, and choose your news outlets well.
If the MSM have managed, once again, to fill your hearts with dread and your minds with fear, read this.
At this point, to say that this man is a rock star is an understatement. No rock star on this planet can rival Trump’s stardom. This man is Elvis on steroids.
What do you have on the other side? A good-natured, honest candidate with some personality and a friendly appeal? A warrior fighter for those he considers the oppressed? A bright, winning, laser-focused, admirable intelligence? A brilliant past as a war hero, or as a successful entrepreneur? A nice, reassuring embodiment of family values? Or, at the very least, someone in possession of a physical trait the Democrats clearly prefer; like, say, a vagina, or the required content of melanin?
Joe Biden is nothing of all this. Actually, he is pretty much the contrary of all this. Which is why he is constantly humiliated buy the extremely low presence at his rallies (boy, not even the local activists want to be near him!), up to the point of being, hilariously, escorted by Trump supporters out of town (watch this and try not to laugh! Mind, other versions of this have more than one million views!).
Do not give in to the gaslighting. Refuse to believe the propaganda. Shut the MSM down entirely, *entirely*, until after the election. Choose not to poison yourself with their venom and their lies. Read attentively what they say around, and you will see that whilst they try to put some varnish on it, they are slowly starting to panic.
If you give in to the curiosity of knowing what fake pundits and paid for talking heads are thinking, it’s your fault. You are choosing to be manipulated. You are choosing to be influenced by lies. You are choosing to be poisoned by their toxic pills.
Get rid of the MSM. Particularly the TV stations.
Enjoy this wonderful ride, and the Rock Star President.