Blogmeister Bait

29 05 2016



Few Americans have a lot of confidence in any of the branches of the government. Just 4 percent say they have a great deal of confidence in Congress, while 48 percent say they have only some and 46 percent have hardly any.

The other branches of government fare a little better, but still don’t inspire much confidence. Fifteen percent say they have a lot of confidence in the executive branch, 50 percent have some and 33 percent have hardly any. And 24 percent have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 58 percent have some confidence and 17 percent have hardly any.

On the other hand, 56 percent of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in the military.

There are some partisan differences in Americans’ confidence in their government institutions. With a Democrat occupying the White House, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to express a great deal of confidence in the executive branch, 24 percent to 6 percent. And about 7 in 10 Republicans, but just under half of Democrats, have a great deal of confidence in the military.

Blogmeister bait because I see two of my perennial hobby horse themes here:  #NRx, and Living in the Differentials.

#NRx, just because the military is the only institution listed here whose approval rating is above water.

Living in the Differentials, these things really leap out:

* The delta between the approval rating of the military itself and the approval rating of the institutions whose members control and fund the military.

* The delta between the low approval rating of the executive branch as an institution (15%) and the mediocre but halfway respectable current approval rating of the current occupant and chief executive of the executive branch (mid-40s).  Baraq Obama has admitted that he experiences a chronic net wind to his back in his approval rating precisely because of race.  But I don’t think that explains how about 30% of people approve of the President but not of the Presidency.  The race thing is probably good for 5-10 points of it, pure blue team partisanship is probably another 5-10, and I think the rest is simply because of the ubiquitous celebrity of whoever is the incumbent President, as long as the economy isn’t in a total disaster and clusterfuck.

* The delta between the very low approval rating for Regress (4%) and the very high odds that its individual members have to get re-elected, and for the fact that within their districts or states, individual members of Congress or the Senate have approval ratings far higher than 4%.  This has long been baffling to far many more people than your ever-lovin’ blogmeister.  And I think none other than Cass Sunstein a short while ago provided the answer:  Because political parties are becoming more and more congruent with socio-racial tribalism.

* What is a bit surprising to me is that only 24% of Democrats approve of the Presidency, but you know the current occupant of the Presidency has around a 70-80% approval rating from the same group.  I think this delta and the overall delta (see above) can be explained by the same things:  Race, blue team partisanship, President as celebrity, non-clusterfuck economy, but the difference is that they’re wider spreads within the Democrat-only universe.  That “just under half” of Democrats approving of the military is a bit curious but very easy to explain:  It’s because its current Commander-in-Chief is a Democrat.

As If We Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About

28 05 2016

Fresno, California


It appears there was a security failure by allowing a horde of anti-Trump protesters with a history of violence across the state and nation to gather en masse within feet of Trump’s departing motorcade at a vulnerable point as it crept out of the service entrance for the arena and had to make a hard turn off a driveway exit ramp. The apparent high-speed detour through the police line moments later seems to have been a corrective action.

A security failure, sure.

Baraq Obama runs the Secret Service.

Sleep tight.

Da Unduhfeeted

28 05 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

I just started a new parody Twitter account trolling ESPN’s “The Undefeated.”

Hey, I can’t let SalonNotCom and DemsRRealRacist steal all my snark thunder!

Dindu Because Yoots

27 05 2016

Antwerp, Belgium

They were planning at first to assassinate Filip Dewinter, but moved on to other plans, before their planning drew too much official interest.

The defense:

Their lawyers said it was doubtful that the men would have gone ahead with their plans because of their young age — the youngest is reported to be 16.

Allah cards people at the door on their way to get their 72 virgins?


Already Surrendering to World War T

27 05 2016

Washington, D.C.

Here’s the actual article.

The late news is that the conservatives were able to ride to the sound to the guns and stop this.

For now.

Just as gay marriage has been a conservative value for going on ten months.

Getting Squared Away

27 05 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

New IRC network for future Watering Holes:  Rizon.  They have a web based client.  All you’ll need to do is pick a screen name (and hope it’s not already being used on the network) and join the channel #countenanceblog (include the hashtag).  If you have the current version of mIRC, you’ll have to add the Rizon network by hand.

I have no objections to any of you using the channel any time you want to chew the rag; however, I won’t call it an official Watering Hole episode unless I’m there after announcing it in advance here.  My mIRC client logs chats, and web-based IRC clients do not, so I want to do the Watering Hole on mIRC so I can go back and get the log to post it here afterward.

Today Is Give-a-Shit Day

26 05 2016

City Hall


Downtown leadership calls for ‘regional outrage’ in wake of Washington Avenue murder

The leader of downtown’s booster group is calling on residents across the region to be outraged by the recent spate of violent crime in the area’s urban core.

Everyone in the metro area should be outraged about violent crime that happens in Downtown St. Louis?  I thought the official admonition was for us not to care, because it’s not our problem.  Though I know we go through an almost daily narrative change — One day, give a shit, the next day, don’t give a shit, etc. etc., lather rinse repeat, until you’re dizzy.  Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, Oceania has always been allied with Eurasia in a war against Eastasia, and don’t you forget it.

Next question:  At what precisely are we supposed to be outraged?  Are they giving us permission to notice and name the ook?  Or are we supposed to be outraged generically?  Lots and lots of outrage, to be followed by more outrage.  I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it until I take more of it tomorrow and get even more outraged.

Downtown STL Inc.’s president Missy Kelley met with Mayor Francis Slay’s chief of staff Thursday and says she’s been assured that police are going to bolster patrols and will battle all crimes, including ordinance violations like panhandling, noise and public urination.

Quiet, don’t tell BLM, @Deray and the GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS crowd, or they’ll chip in and bring Ta to town so he can lecture us about racially profiling black bodies based on trivial ordinance violations.

“I am committed to making sure this is just the start,” Kelley said. “We have seen a similar response from the city in the past after a sensational crime or a series of criminal activity in a short period of time. It is not enough for us to be reactive then revert to the status quo.”

But what other choice is there?  Don’t think you can start telling the truth; Tony Messenger won’t let you.

Ponder said the officers will be pulled from special ops task forces.

Robbing N’Deshawntavious to pay Jamal.

Meanwhile, Kelley said it is time for St. Louis to “take back” its downtown.

With lots of OUTRAGE.

“The entire region should be outraged by this because what happens in the central business district, the economic engine and heart of the St. Louis region, affects us all. It affects our national reputation,” Kelley said.

She’s mad because she’s mad.

Our national reputation?  There’s hardly a big city central business district that isn’t in constant danger from (censored censored demographic OUTRAGE).  Them picking on us would be like throwing stones out of glass house.

“Downtown St. Louis is the region’s Downtown. We all own it. We all deserve to feel safe visiting the many assets that can only be found in the heart of our city.”

And while I’m tempted here to say that they’re all anxiously awaiting AFFH to start kicking in soon, realize that the vic in the most recent Downtown OUTRAGES, she turned out to be a young black woman, lives in O’Fallon, the one on this side of the river, not the other side, but one of the two suspects is from Belleville, which is definitely on the other side of the river.  This means that neither one of them lived in the city, yet both were there for some reason.  Best I can tell, Washington Avenue has a really bad problem of cruising ooks on weekend nights.  Point being, AFFH wouldn’t have mattered in that case; their games of sweep-the-dindus-under-someone-else’s-rug has its limits.

I should have turned “outrage” into a drinking game.


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