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Animal’s Daily Political Execution News

Before we get started, check out my latest Profile in Toxic Masculinity over at Glibertarians.

Last weekend, the festering sore that is Portland saw an actual by-gosh political execution, right in the street.  Excerpt:

One person was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night as tensions between pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters boiled over.

The victim was pictured lying on the ground wearing a Patriot Prayer baseball cap, appearing to show support for the far-Right group which is frequently present during Portland protests. 

The Portland protest was one of many that Donald Trump‘s supporters staged across the country on Saturday, with hundreds of people congregating in Los Angeles, Georgia and beyond to celebrate their president and rally for his re-election. 

In Washington DC, Black Lives Matter protesters were tear gassed to push them away from the White House, while in Kenosha, Wisconsin – where Jacob Blake was shot on August 23 – protests continued, but were largely peaceful.

The White House announced that Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha on Tuesday – which many fear could exacerbate tensions in the city.

Here’s the onion:

In Portland – where there have been 95 nights of unrest in the wake of the May 25 shooting of George Floyd – more than 600 cars flying Trump flags and banners set off in a convoy around and through the city, after tense scenes at their meeting point and clashes with counter-protesters.

Now, let’s do a little thought exercise.

This counter-protest included six hundred cars and trucks from the suburban and rural areas outside the city (almost certainly.)  I’d bet next week’s invoice that none of those cars and trucks was occupied by only one person.  If we posit two people per vehicle, that’s twelve hundred citizens on the road.

That’s a big response.  And, by all evidence, their goal was simply to drive through the town and show the flag, although they were prepared with pepper spray to fend off attackers.

Bearing Arms

Now, let’s add to that the police “failing” to find this perp for several days, in spite of plenty of video evidence – and there is little mention of his arrest in June on firearms charges, when he was released with no charges filed by the DA.  Instead, the perp was apparently identified by photos and videos online and positively identified by his own family.

One of two things will happen here.  Either the out of town folks decide it’s not worth it and stay home, or the rage grows, and they return with more people, more vehicles, better weapons and a whole different ROE.

This is the kind of thing that results in people hanging from lampposts.

The fact is that the suburban/rural folks that have been repeatedly and continually demonized by Profa and BLM agitators have shown enormous restraint.  If they decide enough is enough – and political executions may well be the tipping point, when you add it to the utter lack of any action on the part of city and state officials – it may well result in these folks arming up and deciding to shut things down themselves.

At that point it’s Bleeding Kansas all over again.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Funny how markets on various items are affected in crises, like the Kung Flu and the ongoing rioting and looting by AntiProfa fascists.  Gun sales have gone through the roof, and ammo is not to be found, unless you’re shooting 9mm Largo or some such oddball caliber.

Model 12 Black Diamond

Still – the kind of stuff I like, for example pre-64 Model 12 Winchesters and Belgian Browning Auto-5s, are still available on the various online auction sites.  Prices on these fine old guns don’t seem to have gone up – in fact, if anything, they’ve gone down a little, maybe because the various panics have everyone trying to get hold of Tacticool stuff.  If you’re looking for a gun that will actually appreciate in value, this might be the time to look at some older collectibles.  This needn’t rule out something effective for home defense, either; an old slam-fire Winchester 97 or Stevens 520A trench broom with a bayonet would be a hell of a thing in the event of a home invasion.

Damned effective, if you ask me.

Now then:

On To the Links!

Denver’s own Mike Rosen on BLM – and BLM.

This from last Sunday over at The Daley Gator:  Chris Wallace Should Know Better.  But, like many, he doesn’t.  And neither does Groper Joe.

Peaceful Protest I.

Peaceful Protest II.

Peaceful Protest III.

Peaceful Protest IV.

Not good news for Groper Joe – he’s going to have to come out of the basement.

In related news, Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, is advocating for open insurrection.

Now this is some world-class trolling.

Good shooting!

Flat Earth “Science” Wrong, Not Stupid?  Sorry, no, it’s both wrong and stupid.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy, although honestly his sister/successor looks freaking scary.  Cold, dead eyes.  Of course, maybe it’s just a bad photo.  Look at your driver’s license photo – I look like a serial killer in mine.

A pool boy?  Seriously?  How much more cliched can you get?

Groper Joe needs to start answering questions.  You mean, like this?

This Week’s Idiots:

NY Magazine’s Frank Rich is an idiot.

What kind of idiot steals a cap from a seven-year-old?  These kinds of idiots.

Alyssa Milano (I know, low-hanging fruit) is an idiot.

Former ESPN writer Jemele Hill is an idiot.

And So:

We’ve had a bunch of summer wildfires here in Colorado in the last few weeks.  It’s not surprising, with all the beetle-killed trees primed to go up; but it has been bad enough to negatively affect air quality down here east of Denver.  Which takes me back to 1977 – remember the Midnight Special?  Here’s a relevant performance.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Convention Postmortem News

Be sure to check out the latest in my Profiles in Toxic Masculinity over at Glibertarians – this week’s entry, USMC hero Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone!

Here’s one of the better postmortems of last week’s Democrat National Convention I’ve seen.  Excerpt:

Much of the Biden convention was an exercise in base mobilization. There’s a reason for that. A Post-ABC News poll just before the convention showed that while 65 percent of Trump supporters say they are “very enthusiastic” about supporting the president, only 48 percent of Biden supporters say the same about the former vice president.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has an enthusiasm problem with two key constituencies he needs to win: younger voters and African Americans. Only 25 percent of voters aged 18-39 are “very enthusiastic” about voting for him. And CNN reports that Biden’s support among Black voters is smaller than Clinton’s was in 2016. Worse, only 68 percent of African Americans aged 18 to 29 say they intend to vote for Biden — 17 points fewer than supported Clinton four years ago.

If you think Democrats are confident these voters will turn out, count how many times they urged viewers to “make a plan” to vote. An energized base doesn’t need that kind of encouragement.

Those efforts at base mobilization came at a cost. There was virtually no effort to win back the working-class voters who voted twice for Barack Obama but defected to Trump in 2016. The reason Trump is president today is because about one-third of the nearly 700 counties that twice voted for Obama went for Trump in 2016. According to Nate Cohn of the New York Times, Trump won because he “flipped millions of white working-class Obama supporters to his side.” If you were a working-class Obama-Trump voter watching this week’s convention, you heard a lot about gun violence, racial justice and climate change, but not much directed at you. The message you heard was: Democrats are not interested in your support.

If you had any doubt about that, Groper Joe(‘s handlers) selection of Kamala Harris, a California Democrat machine chameleon who rode to political prominence on Willie Brown’s penis, should have sealed that doubt for you.  She brings literally nothing to the ticket.  The only sane reason I can think of for putting her in this spot is to set her up for a Presidential run in 2024 – and just look how well her first attempt worked out!

My own thinking on this is that Groper Joe is the Dem’s Bob Dole for this cycle.  He’s a “senior statesman” in Democrat circles, despite his senility and past and ongoing corruption; his best argument for the nomination is that it’s “his turn.”   Like Republicans in the 1996 election, I suspect plenty of Dems think they have little chance of winning this election.  “So,” the thinking may well go, “…let’s give Joe his shot.  When he loses, he can quietly retire and we can move ahead with some real candidates for 2024.”

Problem is, I don’t see that they have any young candidates with any broad appeal for 2024.  Who are they going to run?  They have no moderates left!  Will they run Harris again, with her badly checkered background?  One of Crazy Eyes’ acolytes?  It’s a stumper, isn’t it?

 

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Energy policy and environment commentator Michael Shellenberger has weighed in on the Democrat Party’s energy policies, and it’s worth reading.  Excerpt:

In many respects, the Biden-Harris plan is even more aggressive than California’s. “The plan is very bold,” Leah Stokes of the University of California, Santa Barbara, told the Financial Times. “There is no [US] state right now that has a target this ambitious.”

But California’s big bet on renewables, and shunning of natural gas and nuclear, is directly responsible for the state’s blackouts and high electricity prices. 

“We will be forced today to ask utilities to cut off power to millions today, and tomorrow, and beyond,” said Stephen Berberich, the President and CEO of California’s Independent System Operator, CAISO, on a Monday morning conference call. “Demand will greatly exceed supply.”

The immediate cause of California’s blackouts is a mismatch between electricity supply and demand. Higher temperatures have led to greater demand for air conditioning. And California has less electricity, including from wind energy, available.

And yet, while California is hot, weather conditions are well within the normal range for the state’s summer weather.

The underlying reason blackouts are occurring is because California lacks reliable, in-state supply. And the reason for that is California has been closing both natural gas and nuclear power plants.

“People wonder how we made it through the heat wave of 2006,” said Berberich. “The answer is that there was a lot more generating capacity in 2006 than in 2020…. We had San Onofre [nuclear plant] of 2,200 MW, and a number of other plants, totalling thousands of MW not there today.”

California has been descending into madness for at least a couple of decades now, but the Groper Joe/Roundheel Harris ticket intends to take this insanity nationwide, at least on energy policy.  Along with all of their other insane, intrusive, statist policy proposals, of course; fortunately I still think their chances of actually winning the election are pretty low.

Even so.  This insistence on wind/solar and so forth, even in the face of rolling blackouts, seems another facet of a problem the Left (and, honestly, more than a few on the Right) have – the idea that they can make some desired outcome a reality by believing in it really really hard.  But physics is a harsh mistress; believing really really hard won’t help people who are in the middle of a rolling blackout, who lose their refrigerators and air conditioning in the middle of a heat wave.

I don’t doubt that many of the people that buy this “green energy” horseshit have good intentions.  But we all know which road is paved with those.

Animal’s Daily Switching Sides News

Earlier this week, civil rights attorney and long-time Democrat Leo Terrell announced he was switching sides and will be proudly voting for President Trump in November.  Excerpt:

As the Democratic Party gets ready to hold its national convention, I’d like to explain why I’ve left the Democratic party and will proudly cast my vote for President Donald Trump. First let me say, I did not leave the Democrats, they left me. The party of the Civil Rights movement, the party of JFK and “Ask not what your country can do for you” has abandoned all its principles and handed the reins over to extremists.

Let’s start at the top with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden. On May 22, in an interview with Charlamagne tha God, Biden told him, “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” In case you don’t know, I AM Black, and I did not know that the color of my skin also came with a mandate that I vote for the old White guy who’s been in politics for 47 years (without a discernible record of accomplishments on behalf of Black people.)

I didn’t know that Black Americans were expected to form a monolithic voting bloc, one in which we bow down to the almighty Democrats, and do whatever they say. Again, I ask, what has Biden done for Black America? It’s not just Biden — or his dubious choice for vice president — that has me casting a Republican ballot.

What has happened to the Democratic party? I don’t even recognize it anymore — not since they allowed all policy decisions to be made by extremists within the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements. Thanks, but I’ll take a hard pass on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. dressing up in a kente cloth and taking a knee.

First of all, I’d like to say two things to Leo Terrell:

  1. Good for you – you’ve recognized what an unmitigated train wreck the Democrats have become in the last few years.
  2. Don’t get your hopes up too high – the GOP has disappointed plenty of people over the last few decades as well, but of the major parties, they’re only bad and not worse.

While I could launch into quite a soliloquy as to how Team Statist Big is worse than Team Statist Medium, and my own preferences for Team Leave Us The Fuck Alone, this is nevertheless a welcome story, and hopefully an indicator of a larger awakening.  Especially, if we are going to insist (stupidly) on such labels, in the “black community.”

Mr. Terrell aptly points out the state of so many of our major cities, in which live many of our minority communities; he also correctly points out who has run these cities for decades, as we noted only Tuesday.

Spread the word, Mr. Terrell.  It’s only a small step in the right direction, but that’s leagues better than a step in the wrong direction.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The Kung Flu continues to show up in new ways.  The Border Patrol is seeing illegal immigrants coming in carrying the virus, and at least one officer has succumbed because of it.  All too much of the action taken against the virus has been futile, because it’s a virus, and the way you handle these is to protect the most vulnerable and let her immunity develop, which almost no country is doing.

Still – we should be seeing a vaccine within the next couple of months.  Once that’s in use, do you think we’ll be back to normal?  Maybe.  Here’s a prediction:  If President Trump wins re-election in November, the rheeeee from the political left will be some variation of “OMG WE HAVE TO STAY LOCKED DOWN” because, you know, we can’t let Orange Man Bad get credit for anything good.

With that said…

On To the Links!

It’s time to cancel the income tax.  Amen!

You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.

New York City is dead.

I’m shocked – shocked – to find the Dems are hiding from pre-convention interviews!

I’m shocked – shocked – to find the FBI was up to shenanigans in 2016!

I’m shocked – shocked – to find that Antifa didn’t fare well when they decided to take on the world’s biggest gathering of hardcore bikers!

This Week’s Idiots:

Senator Dick Durbin is an idiot.

Gov. John Kasich is an idiot.

Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, Dowager Empress of Chappaqua, is an idiot.

Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca is an idiot.

You went full retard, man.  Never go full retard.

Maxine Waters (I know, low-hanging fruit) is an idiot.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

And So:

I don’t have anything else to add, so instead of just another image from the archives, have this song from the King of Country Music.  I could listen to George Strait all day, and sometimes I do.

On that note (hah) we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Daily Urban Flight News

Before we start, check out my latest over at Glibertarians.  This week, it’s North to Alaska.

Now then:  It’s funny how we sometimes get tidbits from the British press that the American legacy media is reluctant to cover.  Take this bit, from the UK Daily Mail, on how the rich and famous are fleeing the shithole that decades of stupid policies have turned the L.A. area into.  Excerpt:

Gold’s Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream. 

Set just a few hundred yards from the ocean in sun-kissed Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Gold’s was the backdrop for Pumping Iron, the 1977 documentary which followed a young, unknown Austrian bodybuilder called Arnold Schwarzenegger as he prepared for the Mr Universe contest.

The film turned him into an overnight sensation. He would go on to become a global superstar, marry a member of the Kennedy clan, and become Governor of California.

Yet today Gold’s sits amid post-apocalyptic scenes which have consumed much of LA, turning the City of Dreams into an urban nightmare from which people are fleeing in droves.

A makeshift tent city made up of flapping tarpaulins and cardboard boxes surrounds the gym on all sides. 

Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies – all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific.

Stolen bicycles are piled high on pavements littered with broken syringes.

Here’s the onion:

British-born Danny O’Brien runs Watford Moving & Storage. ‘There is a mass exodus from Hollywood,’ he says. 

‘And a lot of it is to do with politics.’ His business is booming. ‘August has already set records and we are only halfway through the month,’ he tells me. 

‘People are getting out in droves. Last week I moved a prominent person in the music industry from a $6.5 million [£5 million] mansion above Sunset Boulevard to Nashville.’

O’Brien, 58, who moved to LA from London 34 years ago, is also planning to move to Tennessee. 

‘Liberal politics has destroyed this city,’ he says. ‘The homeless encampments are legal and there’s nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don’t feel safe any more.’

I can confess to just a little bit of schadenfreude here.  Mencken said that ‘democracy is the theory that the people know what government they want and deserve to get it, good and hard.’  He may not have been talking about LA (and San Francisco, and Chicago, and New York, and many other cities) but he sure as hell called it.  The people of these cities have been voting for the very pols who put them in this mess, and they’ve been voting for them for a couple of generations now.

It’s a shame.  My Dad spent a weekend in San Francisco in 1945, right after V-J Day, and my uncle was stationed there in the Presidio in the early Fifties.  Both of them talked about what a beautiful city it was in those days.  No longer.  The barbarians are not only inside the city walls, they have largely taken over.

Col. Jeff Cooper, some years ago, said of LA:

The consensus is that no more than five to ten people in a hundred who die by gunfire in Los Angeles are any loss to society. These people fight small wars amongst themselves. It would seem a valid social service to keep them well-supplied with ammunition.”

One wonders how bad an idea that would really be.

Rule Five Enthusiasm Gap Friday

Earlier this week, Townhall’s Ellie Bufkin noted some (anecdotal, but still) examples of the enthusiasm gap between Biden and Trump supporters.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

If one were to believe wholeheartedly in the America portrayed by social media and cable news, they would think that President Trump is loathed by most of the country and Joe Biden is looking at guaranteed victory in November. 

News outlets have focused heavily on stories of civil unrest, protests, and looting in the past few months, framing a nation on the precipice of total fracture. Stories flood front pages about major cities voting to defund their own police department, even as murders and other violent crimes spike. 

And here’s the thing; based on my own random gassing with folks while out and about my normal business, it hasn’t escaped a lot of folks which party has been running those major cities for the last few decades.

But here are some of the events:

1. Seattle, Washington Pro-Police Rally

To trust the coverage of the events in Seattle would mean believing the city is inhabited only by the furthest left, socialist faction of America. Not widely reported, however, was the throngs of protesters who assembled outside of City Hall on Sunday to cry out in defense of the Seattle Police Department and rally peacefully for America. Unsurprisingly, that rally also incorporated sound support for the reelection of President Trump, who has steadfastly vowed to restore law and order to the city. 

Seattle was a liberal city when I spent a weekend there in 1987.  But nowadays it’s gone full retard – but most of Washington state isn’t like that.  I expect lots of the pro-police rally attendees came from outside the city, but, the point stands:  How much coverage did this get from the legacy media?  Next to none.

2. Lake Okoboji, Iowa Boaters for Trump Rally

No one shows unbridled support for President Trump quite like America’s boaters. At Lake Okoboji in Iowa this weekend, thousands of floating ralliers waved MAGA flags, American flags, and other symbols of patriotic pride. This weekend, more than 1,000 boats converged on Lake Okoboji in Iowa to bust the narrative of the “silent majority.”

Iowa (full disclosure; as many of you know, I was born there and lived in that state until I was in my twenties) is a funny state, politically.  The farmers still hold a lot of political power in the state, but the mostly-blue cities of Waterloo and Cedar Rapids control a lot of votes, as do the university towns of Iowa City, Ames and Cedar Falls.  But this rally in support of the President doesn’t come as a big surprise; he ran on and runs now on a strain of economic populism that appeals to lots of Iowans, but what appeals most, I think, is his America-first plank.

4. Montauk, New York ‘TrumpStock’ Rally 

In a part of the country much less associated with support of Trump, thousands of boaters and spectators gathered in the Hamptons on Long Island to show their support for the president ahead of a fundraiser in Southampton. 

Let’s be honest – the President won’t carry New York, unless we see a landslide of Nixonian or Reaganian proportions, which isn’t likely today.  But if the President’s folks are thinking, and they aren’t stupid, his campaign should send someone out to talk about this event, and share the video liberally (hah) just to put the Biden folks on defense.  Not that they won’t be on defense throughout the fall.

Finally:

5. Cleveland, Ohio Pro-Trump Boat Parade

On Thursday, the president touched down in Ohio for a fundraiser and tour of the Whirlpool factory. His local supporters in the battleground state made sure to share their enthusiasm with a boat parade that attracted several hundred. 

Unlike New York, Ohio is a state that is in play; it is a state that the President took in 2016, and it is a state he needs in 2020.

Read the entire piece by all means, and when you finish, ask yourself this question:  Where are all the spontaneous shows of support for the campaign of Groper Joe Biden and Round-Heel Kamala Harris?  Where are the hundreds of boats flying Biden flags?  There sure are “spontaneous” events, but they aren’t for Biden, they sure as hell ain’t for Prison Labor Harris, and the overwhelming majority of voters are sick of the rock-throwing, looting and burning.  My guess is that this sickness will be discharged in the ballots this fall.

But be ready, True Believers; if Trump wins re-election, as it looks like he will, the big cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and most especially Portland, will melt down.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Our recent trip to the Great Land has our future home search narrowed down to a few locations, all in the Mat-Su Borough north of Anchorage, which is good.  One old fella we spoke with advised us that the “…hunting is better north of Wasilla, the fishing is better down on the (Kenai) peninsula.”  That’s good information.  But as long as I can have reliable electricity, road and fire service, a decent internet connection, and hopefully a place for at least a pistol range, we’ll be happy.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Groper Joe(‘s handlers) has made his VP candidate pick, and it’s Kamala Harris – who rode to political prominence on Willie Brown’s penis.  Good choice, if he wants to throw the election.  Speaking of:

I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin’ bushwackin’, hornswagglin’ cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter!

Now who can argue with that? I think we’re all indebted to Gabby Biden for clearly stating what needed to be said. I’m particularly glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.

This is actually racist.

I want one!

Utter horseshit.

This should come as a surprise to no one.

Good.

A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Because, you know, to hell with any pretense of fiscal responsibility.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Atlantic’s Ibram Kendi is an idiot.

Willie Brown (too late, Willie!):  Kamala Harris should say ‘no’ to the Vice Presidency, but ‘yes’ to my penis – again.  What an idiot.

Taking the other side, The Hill’s Doug Schoen is still an idiot.

Paul Krugman is still an unprincipled hack, and an idiot.

And so:

After a red-eye flight Sunday evening that landed us back in Denver at 0630 Monday morning, Mrs. Animal and I have more or less recovered and are back to day-to-day business.  Such overnight excursions sure used to be a lot easier, back when we were young.  There are some compensations for easing into senior status.  But boy howdy, stamina ain’t one of them.

For the moment, now, and for a while longer, we have to deal with increasingly-nutty Colorado.  Soon, though:

With that, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Rule Five Election Odds Friday

I found this interesting; the Daily Reckoning’s James Rickard is wondering how secure Groper Joe Biden’s lead really is.  Excerpt:

There has never been any mystery about the Republican nominee for president — it’s Donald Trump, case closed. But the identity of the Democratic nominee was contested between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders during the primary season as other contenders dropped out one by one.

Finally Sanders stepped aside and Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee, although curiously, Biden never did win a simple majority of the delegates — the nominating process and primaries were brushed aside by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But no one cared because the competition dropped out and released their delegates to support Biden. Now, the world awaits Biden’s decision on who his Vice Presidential candidate will be.

An announcement is expected in a few days.

The candidate will definitely be a woman (Biden pre-announced this), but the identity is still unknown. Elizabeth Warren appears to be the frontrunner, and she would be acceptable to the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, which seems to be calling the shots.

But whoever it is, the VP pick will probably be president within a year if Biden wins. That’s because Biden’s cognitive impairment will render him unfit for office early in his administration. Biden is already surrounded by Sanders’s handlers. Some Obama retreads will make up the Biden cabinet.

Under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution a majority of the cabinet and the VP can declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office.” In that case, the Vice President becomes Acting President.

At that point, the takeover of the White House by the radical wing of the party will be complete. It’s already well underway…

That last sentence, that’s what makes me skeptical of the prospects of a Groper Joe victory.  It’s painfully obvious to anyone that’s paying any attention at all, that the Democratic Party has trended sharply to the loony left over the last few election cycles, and Groper Joe seems to be embracing that trend, possibly out of survival, but more likely because he never had any real convictions of his own to begin with.

But here’s the real takeaway from Mr. Rickard’s analysis:

Not so fast. For over 80 years, pollsters have asked two key questions in election polling. The first is, “Who are you voting for?”

That’s the intention question. The second question is, “Who do you expect to win?” That’s the expectation question.

The answer to the intention question gets all the headlines. Those are the polling results we describe above. The answer to the expectation question gets buried and is scarcely discussed.

But guess what? In cases where the intention and expectation questions have different answers, (in effect, “I’m voting for A, but I expect B to win”), the expectation answer had the correct result 78% of the time.

The intention question had the correct result only 22% of the time.

And, Trump is leading the expectation question right now 55% to 45% for Biden. So, Trump actually is ahead in the polls. You just have to be looking at the right polls. That’s key. So don’t write Trump off just yet.

So, in the more productive poll, President Trump is well ahead.  Keep that in mind as Mr. Rickard continues:

The Antifa crowd will use a Trump victory as evidence that “democracy doesn’t work,” which will validate their violent tactics at least in their own minds. They’ll find plenty of supporters.

Either way, there’s more violence on the way. It might not be as immediate if Biden wins, but it would still follow.

Are markets ready for this? Is your portfolio ready? Investors should get ready; the chaos is not ending anytime soon, regardless of the election’s outcome.

Physical gold bullion is a good way to preserve your wealth and profit as it all unfolds.

My predictions on this topic, assuming a Trump victory:

  • There will be more unrest; probably much more.  But it will be confined to the big, Democrat-controlled cities.  Why?
    • Look at the few instances where leftist rioters have attempted to push into the suburbs and small towns; it hasn’t gone well for them.
  • More violence will result, as sure as shooting (hah) in an electoral backlash.  That’s one of the reasons I’m reasonably confident of a Trump victory in November; most Americans don’t take kindly to intimidation tactics from idiots.  I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see a few liberal/progressive big-city mayors to be replaced by more moderate, law-and-order candidates in the next round of elections.
  • If things get really, really bad, I’d rather have a good supply of brass and lead than gold; but in the event of any such major collapse, what would be really valuable are skills; welding, carpentry, soap-making, tanning, and so on.

Of those scenarios, I think the second primary bullet is most likely.  If a moderate Democrat were to run for Mayor of, say, Seattle or Portland right now, promising a crackdown on violent protestors, I think their odds would be very good indeed.

And bear this in mind:  The violence will end, one way or another; people will only put up with so much bullshit.  It can end through the restoration of law and order, or through an overwhelming, violent response by the majority who are just sick of these people’s shit.

One choice or the other; and I think that within the next couple of election cycles, we’ll know the answer.