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    When I was in my local library this afternoon, this book jumped out at me.

    The full title is ""American Carnage - on the front line of the Republican Civil War and the rise of president Donald Trump."

    It was written by Tim Alberta, who is the chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine. To write the book, Alberta conducted hundreds of interviews with Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Jim DeMint, Reince Preibus - and Trump himself. It was released on July 16, 2019.

    It should be a fun read.

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    It caused quite the stir when it was released not too long ago. Per usual - Republicans who are no longer in office felt freely to speak their minds about Donald while those still in office continue to act like Donald is Jesus reincarnate.

    As much as I used to love these types of books, I find myself being drawn more towards books that cover long spans of time recently, especially ones that focus on the rise and fall of empires. I still get my political fix by listening to various podcasts and my online news subscriptions, but I've found that reading books about Donald just makes me want to rip the pages out one by one and then burn those pages in a dumpster fire.

    To each his own though, so enjoy the book and let us know how it is.

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    Jared:

    The last time I checked, there were about 150 books that were written about Trump - and the vast majority of them are not positive. I've probably read about a dozen, but usually avoid them because I can only handle so much insanity.

    Speaking of insanity - there are actually people who have gotten tattoos of Trump plastered on their bodies. Here is one sample:

    If you want to see more, click on the link below:

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=trump+tatoos&qs=n&form=QBILPG&sp=-1&pq=trump+tatoos&sc=8-12&sk=&cvid=23F025D3832F4B5CA0ED26F6AF781D3F

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Jared:

    The last time I checked, there were about 150 books that were written about Trump - and the vast majority of them are not positive. I've probably read about a dozen, but usually avoid them because I can only handle so much insanity.

    Speaking of insanity - there are actually people who have gotten tattoos of Trump plastered on their bodies. Here is one sample:

    If you want to see more, click on the link below:

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=trump+tatoos&qs=n&form=QBILPG&sp=-1&pq=trump+tatoos&sc=8-12&sk=&cvid=23F025D3832F4B5CA0ED26F6AF781D3F

    TGIAZ,

    Why on earth would anyone

    a) Want to tattoo themselves with that asshat’s likeness

    b) Look at anyone who did tattoo themselves with that asshat’s likeness

    Simply proves Bird’s Theorem: “We The People” are stupid.

    Btw, somebody should have told the artist that the Velveeta Vulgarian generally seems to wear red ties.

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    It's been a long and grueling journey, but I finally finished the book this afternoon. No easy task, since it runs to 612 pages - and that's before you get to the footnotes. If you have a lot of time on your hands, I'd recommend reading it. If you don't, here's a few snippets that you may find worthwhile:

    1) Page 364 - Trump was the first presidential nominee in history to receive no major newspaper endorsements.

    2) Page 394 - "The margin of the GOP victory was found in three states (Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin ) which Trump won by be TOTAL of 77,744 votes - less than the capacity of some Big Ten football stadiums. In those states, Hillary won 600,000 fewer votes than Obama did in 2012, with particularly deep drop -offs in the urban precincts.

    3) "Exit polls revealed that Supreme Court appointments were "the most important factor" for 21% of the electorate. Trump won 56 % of those voters, compared to Clinton's 41%. Without the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2014, which allowed Mitch McConnell the opportunity to prevent a vote from getting passed on Merrick Garland, it's very likely that there would now be a Democratic president.

    4) David Wasserman, of the Cook Political Report, concluded that the most likely brand to be found in a Republican county is Cracker Barrel, while the most likely brand to be found in a Democratic country is Whole Foods. In 1992, Bill Clinton won 61% of the Whole Foods counties, and 40% of the Cracker Barrel counties. By 2000, George W. won 75% of the Cracker Barrel counties, and 43% of the Whole Foods counties. In 2008, Obama won 80% of the Whole Foods counties, and 35% of the Cracker Barrel counties. In 2016, Trump won 76% of the Cracker Barrel counties, and only 22% of the Whole Foods counties.

    Broadly speaking, Cracker Barrel counties are most often found in rural ares with less population density, less diversity, lower incomes, and lower education rates. Whole Foods counties, meanwhile, tend to concentrate in upscale urban and suburban settings, with diverse populations and high numbers of college graduates.

    Cracker Barrel was founded in Tennessee in 1969, with a "Southern country" theme. The excerpt below says a lot about the Cracker Barrel philosophy - and its customers:

    "During the 1990s, the company was the subject of controversy for its official stance against gay and lesbian employees and for discriminatory practices against African-American customers and female employees. In 2004, a U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) investigation found that Cracker Barrel discriminated against minority customers; patrons complained of racially segregated seating and service quality. In an agreement with the USDOJ, Cracker Barrel implemented non-discrimination policies and pledged to focus on improving minority representation and civic involvement, particularly in the black community. Company shareholders added sexual orientation to the company's non-discrimination policy in 2002."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracker_Barrel

    5) Page 412 - the 2016 Steele dossier reported that Russia had been cultivating, supporting, and assisting Trump for at least five years. and that his team had accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin on his political opponents (sounds like collusion, doesn't it?).

    6) Page 423. Trump used the term "American carnage" in his inaugural speech, even though NONE of what he said was true.

    7) Page 44 - The day after Trump fired James Comey, Trump hosted two top Russian officials in the oval office, where he described Come as a real nut job. In that same meeting, he also disclosed highly sensitive intelligence (obtained from Israeal) about ISIS. The only photos of the meeting were shared by a Russian state photographer. NO AMERICA MEDIA WERE PRESENT.

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    In yesterday's post, I mentioned "Cracker Barrel" counties, and this morning's New York Times provided another example, which they called "the Land of Self Defeat:"

    A 2016 analysis by National Public Radio found that as counties become more rural, they tend to become more Republican. Completely rural counties went for Mr. Trump by 70.6 percent over all, which makes my county politically average — Van Buren gave Mr. Trump 73 percent of its vote. Rural America is not a monolith, but a majority of rural counties fit perfectly into Mr. Trump’s preferred demographics: They are largely white (96.2 percent in Van Buren), and rates of educational attainment are low.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/opinion/sunday/trump-arkansas.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

    What was true in 2016, though, is unlikely to be true in 2020.

    Bankruptcies in farm counties, caused by Trump's tariffs, will hurt the GOP in the next election, and Sonny Purdue's comments in Minnesota (remember the "whine cellar" comment? ) didn't help matters either.