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Ralph Shortey is probably a sex addict

Republican Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, chair of a county Trump campaign and actively anti-LGBT, has been arrested for engaging in child prostitution with a 17 yo boy. Yes, I know, he’s a massive hypocrite and all. Yet I just don’t get schadenfreude, (pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune), by this. Because, this is more than just another hypocrite, it’s a self-destructive addict who just made a complete train wreck of his life. To put it crudely and also accurately, some men will follow their dicks through the Gates of Hell. Shortey is one of them.

He’s married with three kids. Imagine trying to explain the arrest and all the gory details to them. Not only has he mangled his life, he’s mangled their lives too. His behavior is very much like that of an alcoholic or drug addict spiraling downwards. He’s a sex addict. And it’s a real addiction.

“Some words are best not spoken,
some things are best not said
But since this is your public execution
I think I’m gonna go right on ahead”
— Mouse and the Traps – A Public Execution

His public execution has been complete. He’s resigned from the state senate, all his political connections are gone, and as for getting a job (if you doesn’t go to prison), no one will hire him, especially not if it involves during with the public.

Attacking allies after a defeat is definitely a cunning ploy

Trump is blaming Preibus, Ryan, the Freedom Caucus, and pretty much everyone but himself for the  healthcare defeat. I suppose we should be happy he’s so politically illiterate that he thinks Congress simply needs to bow down to him. Politics doesn’t work that way. A determined minority can often punch way above its weight.

So now, rather than ponder what mistakes he made and try to fix them, Trump instead is attacking allies and people whose help he will need. Trump has no experience in politics. Running what essentially is a small family business does not prepare one for the knock-down combat that is DC politics.

On Friday evening, a somewhat shellshocked president retreated to the White House residence to grieve and assign blame. In a search for scapegoats, he asked his advisers repeatedly: Whose fault was this?

Increasingly, that blame has fallen on Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, who coordinated initial legislative strategy on the health care bill with Mr. Ryan, his close friend and a fellow Wisconsinite, according to three people briefed on the president’s recent discussions.

Despite the public displays of unity with the speaker, Mr. Trump and his team now regret outsourcing so much of the early drafting to Mr. Ryan.

Trump is about to get kicked in the teeth on healthcare


The Freedom Caucus in the House just rebuffed Trump’s offer to make his proposed healthcare plan nastier and less inclusive. God forbid anyone should actually be able to get meaningful coverage. Trump, political neophyte that he is, thought he could bully members of the House to get it passed. That didn’t work. (Pro tip: Bullying should be the last tactic, not the first.) So then Trump tried to make his healthcare plan acceptable to House troglodytes, and that’s not working either.

Trump has no clue how to get bills through Congress. Good. His budget is in trouble too. A couple of big defeats and even his hard-core supporters will begin to leave him, because it will be clear he is incompetent.

Republican Senators have already loudly and repeatedly said the House healthcare plan is not acceptable. That was before Trump made the plan even worse, which lessens chances of it passing the Senate.

Conservative House Republicans rebuffed an offer by President Trump on Thursday to strip a key set of mandates from the nation’s current health-care law, raising doubts about whether House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has the votes to pass the bill.

If Republicans fail this initial test of their ability to govern, Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans may face a harder time advancing high-priority initiatives on infrastructure, tax reform and immigration. They might also find themselves navigating strained relationships among themselves.

Don’t moan about Trump. Fight.

So, within just two months, our new president has the lowest poll ratings ever for this point in an Administration. He and his cohorts are being investigated by Justice for colluding with Russians on the election. His immigration, budget, healthcare plans are in deep trouble in Congress. Ranking members of his own party say he just made shit up when he accused a former president of wiretapping him through a foreign intelligence agency. He makes enemies constantly, and is no doubt embroiled in slimy financial arrangements with foreign governments.

You would think those who oppose him would be going woo-hoo, let’s throw some gasoline on this fire. However, too many liberals and progressives continue moaning about how bad Trump is, pondering if the investigations will go anywhere and what happens if they don’t, and isn’t it all just so terribly tragic.

There is a very good chance Trump could be toppled from power early. Sen. Feinstein thinks Trump he will resign within a few months. The chances of this happening are greatly increased if everyone fights hard and does everything they can to topple Trump. This is not the time for moaning. This is the time to fight!

California may have its wettest water year on record


Water years in California go from Oct 1 – Sep 30. The drought has broken, and spectacularly so. It’s already been one of the wettest years ever. If rainfall in the remaining months is normal, it will be the wettest year on record. Amazingly, more storms are coming, and they will fall in northern California watersheds and the Central Valley. This is great news for California, and for Southwest states, because the more water California has, the less pressure there in on the crucial Colorado River, whose water is shared by seven states and Mexico. Several major reservoirs in California are above their historical capacity now, which is way better than things were last March.

Now that we’re more than 2/3 of the way through California’s wet season, it’s pretty clear that much of the state has experienced its wettest 3-6 month period on record. Virtually every corner of the state is above average to date, though anomalies have been much more impressive in the north. The Northern Sierra watersheds are currently sitting at just above 200% of average precipitation for the season to date–a rather extraordinary statistic. If California receives at least average precipitation for the rest of the season, 2016-2017 would become the state’s wettest Water Year on record.

What is pretty clear, though, is that this year’s extreme wetness on the seasonal scale has pushed parts of California’s aging water infrastructure to the brink.