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Friday, October 16, 2020

Campaign enters the silly season

To everything there is a season, and in the presidential campaign we have entered the silly season where stars threaten to leave the USA if the Republican wins -- and Democrats claim early voting means their candidate will win in a landslide.

Amid all this craziness, though, are two new signals that this is a re-election. 

First, drummer Tommy Lee and mumbler Bruce Springsteen have promised to leave the country when we re-elect President Donald John Trump.

Lee said, "Dude, I swear to God if that happens then I'm coming over to visit the UK. I'm out of here. I'll go back to my motherland, go back to Greece and get a house on one of the islands."

Chris Christie will help him pack. (Easily the greatest line ever uttered by a Republican governor in New Jersey.)

Springsteen mumbled to an Australia news outlet, "If Trump is re-elected – which he will not, they're predicting right now he's going to lose – but if by some happenstance he should, I'll see you on the next plane."

A reader wondered will he head for Epstein Island?

The reader pointed out the lyrics of a Springsteen song:

Hey little girl is your daddy home
Did he go away and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire
I'm on fire


In 2016, the list of stars saying they were leaving if we elected Donald Trump president included Cher ("If he were to be elected, I'm moving to Jupiter"), Miley Cyrus ("My heart is broken into a 100000 pieces. I am moving if this is my president! I don't say things I don't mean!"), Barbra Streisand ("I'm either coming to your country [Australia], if you'll let me in, or Canada"), Samuel L. Jackson ("If that motherf---er becomes president, I’m moving my black a-- to South Africa") Amy Schumer ("My act will change because I'll need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain, or somewhere. It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It's too crazy"), and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad ("I would definitely move. It's not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won't.")

Out of all of them, she is the only one who is no longer here.

I am tempted to file a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission. After all, these stars all promised to leave and none of them did. Can't we deport them anyway?

Then there is early voting.

Bloomberg reported, "Millions of Americans are breaking voter-turnout records with three weeks to go before Election Day and Democrats are casting early ballots at a far higher rate than Republicans.

"Concerns about the corona virus pandemic have increased mail-in voting and led to unprecedented levels of early voting, especially among Democrats. More than 21.2 million voters have cast their ballot early, either in person or by mail, in states that report voting data, according to the University of Florida Elections Project."

And the Associated Press followed through with its own spin, "More than 17 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes driven both by Democratic enthusiasm and a pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes.

"The total represents 12% of all the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, even as eight states are not yet reporting their totals and voters still have more than two weeks to cast ballots. Americans’ rush to vote is leading election experts to predict that a record 150 million votes may be cast and turnout rates could be higher than in any presidential election since 1908."


Don't be.

This is a quadrennial story. 

Politico reported the day before the 2016 election, "Record-breaking early voting fuels Democratic optimism."

The story said, "More than 46 million votes have been cast in advance of Election Day, breaking records in state after state and suggesting the prospect of a heightened Hispanic turnout that could upend politics in several battleground states.

"While there’s no way to know whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is ahead, the available data about who has voted so far, and where, provides some insight into what the results might hold. There are signs of an unusually diverse electorate, marked by robust Hispanic numbers in places like Florida and Nevada. Women seem to have turned out in disproportionately high numbers in some states. In others, Republicans appear to have made late gains."

Finally, this post does have some news. Fox News ratings are through the roof. 

Heck, The Five at 5 PM drew 5 million viewers and beat everyone except the Masked Singer.

But big numbers at Fox News are nothing new. What is new is Fox News is attracting viewers. Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham were No. 3, 4, and 5 on cable among people 18-49. Only two baseball games beat them on cable.

In fact the entire Fox News lineup from 5 PM to midnight held top 10 slots in that age bracket.

Carlson was No. 1 among women 18-49.

Among people 18-34, Carlson was No. 3 and Hannity No. 4, and the rest of the Fox News lineup also scored high. 

This bodes well for President Trump in that it shows the under-50 crowd is engaged in conservative politics. 

Wait a second, that was not silly enough for this post.

This is.

WPVI reported, "It's a heated election season and political conversations can get a little tricky. But in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a bakery is adding a little levity by making the race more fun and delicious.

"Political cookies flying off the shelves at Lochel's Bakery in Hatboro. They feature the name and party color of each candidate. The bakery tallies the sales like votes in an unofficial, tasty little poll that's now sweeping the nation.

"'Everyone can agree on a cookie,' says Kathleen Lochel, the owner of Lochel's Bakery.

"But this is an election year and that means everyone's picking their cookie on party lines."

The story also said, "For the past three elections, the sugary sales have accurately predicted the presidential winner."

And the Lochel woman said, "If the winner was chosen today, from our poll, Donald Trump would blow it out of the water."

I for one am gonna miss Tommy Lee.


  1. As always, your sense of humor, Don, is greatly appreciated.

    Love the way that Cher simply assumed that Canada will automatically accept her as a new citizen.

    The University of Toronto (Medical Face Lift Clinic) could hire her as a model to demonstrate to the young 'uns what happens when one's puss is uplifted once (twice, ten) times too often.

    Imagine that. Streisand being useful/doing something productive for the very first time in her life.

    Don Reed

    1. Speaking as a Canadian I can tell you she won't have any trouble settling here.

      Don't bet against Donald Surber.

    2. The only Jupiter that she can actually move to is still in the USA. But I would gladly chip in to get her on the next SpaceX flight.

  2. If Montgomery County is going for Trump, he doesn't have to worry about PA.

  3. Halloween masks sales will be definitive. More Bidens or more Trumps?

    1. Just like in elections, the democrats will cheat. Skeleton masks will be counted as Biden masks.

    2. I want a Covid-19 mask.

  4. The stars ought to leave NOW. They can come back if Sleepy Joe wins.

  5. The pay attention to me whining from these spoiled rotten brats gets tedious. “If I don’t get my way-sniff sniff-I’m going to run away-sniff sniff-you meany poopy heads-sniff...sniff...“

  6. Well check this out...the news for the next three weeks will be about how many “shy Trump” voters there are. But what about the “sly Trump” voter who DELIBERATELY lies to a pollster and says he/she is voting for Joe Mama, just to fook with them. Huh? How many of THOSE people are out there?

    I’m one of them.

    1. Ditto-I know you can really screw up a smallsample. by doing that and if enough do it the larger the sample the bigger the error.

  7. "Out of all of them, she (RBG) is the only one who is no longer here."
    And ... I don't think she went to New Zealand :) :)

    1. Just west of New Zealand lies the Tasman sea. On the west side of that sea sits a small island, home to a creature called the Tasmanian Devil. Not wanting to settle for a clone, Ruthie is now visiting the real one.

  8. Help eradicate STDs send Tommy Lee to Mexico or Canada!

  9. If Springsteen thinks being named 'Bruce' gives him a pass here, he's in for a big surprise.

  10. is engaged in conservative politics

    There is no "conservative politics" in America any longer. That is unless you mean

    $3 trillion fiscal deficits
    sending every adult $1200 cash for nothing
    locking down the nation to flatten the curve
    continuing 20 year old wars for no reason save graft

    And the coup de grace....

    Ordering the CDC to stop landlords from evicting tenants who refuse to pay their rent

    There is now nothing further to restrain the federal intrusion into your life; just declare an emergency and presto!

    Enjoy the final decade of the American Empire. You richly deserve its demise.

    (cue for cognitive dissonance to begin)

  11. Get a Conga Line of all those pieces of shit and let them board a plane at Trump's next airport rally. That would bring ratings through the roof. To watch Brucie and the boys/girls Conga up that ladder would be epic!!!

  12. The leaked Democrat emails showed reporters seeking John Podesta's approval of their stories

    You mean the Wikileaks data dump. You refused to identify the source! More than anything else Wikileaks got Trump elected.

    Hill and Bill panicked after their released evidence of election tampering and then in a speech she labeled half the voters "deplorable".

    So after doing all of that which got Trump elected you see no support whatsoever here for Wikileaks. Isn't that strange? At first glance yes. A real head scratcher.

    But dig deeper and you see why. Wikileaks also reported war crimes in Iraq in particular the slaying of multiple journalists. The video is crystal clear.

    That's intolerable for the neo-cons. For them there are never any war crimes. Ever. Just ask AIPAC.

    1. "You mean the Wikileaks data dump. You refused to identify the source! More than anything else Wikileaks got Trump elected."

      Don doesn't have to. We are smart enough to know where they came from. And no, those emails did NOT get Trump elected. Fools like you helped though.

      "That's intolerable for the neo-cons."

      That may be true, but there are no "neo-cons" commenting here. You are at the wrong blog. Keep trolling other blogs elsewhere to find the "neo-cons" you are looking for.

    2. Neo-cons went back home to the left. They can stay there.

  13. Record-breaking early voting fuels Democratic optimism????
    Shouldn't that be Record-breaking early voting fools Democratic optimism

  14. It's a funny tradition, the threatened exodus of the celebrities. On the one hand it's like they're trying to say to their fans that they're really just like them and wouldn't be coddled away safe from Trump's brutalisation of the nation. But isn't abandoning the minorities to genocide while you buy your Greek island not exactly the most heroic pose to strike?

    Or is it all just a big set-up for when they play pretend at freedom fighters after so they look all patriotic and sacrificial for staying?

    What's another layer of delusion anyway at this point.