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Let’s not jump off the ledge just yet, three shame bells of the week, Astros rumors, congrats to local winners and, oh yeah, rugby porn: The update for Nov. 9

So America elected a new president last night. Donald Trump rode a mandate from the people to a resounding win. As usual, the media-driven overreaction will be over the top. Twitter’s head exploded last night, and some of the stuff I saw was embarrassing.

In truth, we were given two shaky choices, so either result was going to be questionable. But I hope now that this circus is over, everyone takes a step back and looks at the big picture. Be willing to respect the will of the people. Respect the position of president. I would have said this about either winner: I am not going to judge before the fact. I will give Trump the benefit of the doubt. I will judge him on his actions as president, how he deals with crisis, what policies he actually supports. I don’t really know what those are, because this election was never about that. He might turn out to be a terrific president — the last entertainer we elected worked out pretty well, in my opinion. We might have also elected a monster. No one knows. I am going to ignore the noise and let it play out.

So in the words of Aaron Rodgers, “R-E-L-A-X.” Almost all of the state and local election results — the ones that matter most to us on a day to day basis — went to good, qualified people. Stop threatening to move to Canada or Australia, sit back and see what happens then form an opinion. Maybe turn off the TV for a while so you don’t get caught up in the scare tactics and the media speculating on Armageddon. Don’t get caught up in the “Nightmare for America” headlines. Let’s see how it goes. And take some advice from the simple words on the cover of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

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Don’t panic.

Now let’s move on to the three shame bells of the week:

Five thirty late: I bang on the media a lot, even though I am a big part of it. One of the major issues with this election was how it was presented and covered. That could be an entire book.

Today I saw headlines like “Trump wins in a shocker.” Why was it a shocker? Because those same newspapers relied on polls and Nate Silver saying Clinton had a 70 percent chance to win? Because they had already decided for us who was going to win? There was nothing shocking about it. Think about the huge number of people on your Facebook who told you they voted. Then think about how many said who they voted for. The people voting for Trump were quiet about it, because they did not want to be vilified. They were not embarrassed, they just did not want to be attacked. And who could blame them? Our media society has made it where if you have an opinion on a candidate, you are immediately branded and called an idiot. That’s silly. It also skewers polls and was one reason I dropped a few bucks on Trump at plus-220 last night. By 9:30 he was minus-110. Silver’s projections missed on Trump early in the primaries and again badly in the general election. It was fun watching him squirm on ABC last night when asked about it. He made his reputation nailing the last two elections. In this one, the methodology was fundamentally flawed. He needs to go back to the drawing board.

Shame bell 1.

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One last thought: In my opinion, Hillary Clinton lost this election with a poor choice for Vice President. She relied on her own name to carry the day, and that was a major mistake. Had she chosen Bernie Sanders, many of his supporters would have voted for her and it might have turned the tide. Or Cory Booker, the next young star in the party. Or even Elizabeth Warren. A dynamic, well-known VP candidate could have changed everything. Instead, she went with a milquetoast no name that added nothing to her campaign. She did not want someone who would challenge her or take away from her message. If she looked at it logically, America had already told her they did not want her. They might have accepted her with someone else they could believe in backing her. I’ve seen a lot of “how could people elect a man who said ‘grab her by the p—y?'” Might want to look at what was trotted out on the other side. The Democrats did not send enough firepower, and that is on the candidate. Then again, maybe she spent too much time looking at poll projections.

Shame bell 2.

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Porn school: You might remember Jarryd Hayne, the superstar rugby player who had a cup of coffee with the San Francisco 49ers. He was doing a presentation for a high school about cyber security, and it could not have gone worse. Yes, pornhub was involved.

Shame bell No. 3.

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Astros looking for bats? According to a Twitter report, the Astros are going to pursue Edwin Encarnacion (free agent) or Miguel Cabrera (trade). Either would be expensive additions on the wrong end of their careers, but would make a huge impact on the lineup. They also need another starting pitcher, even if they make a substantial move for a bat.

No controversy here: The Playoff Committee could have created another stir, but they put the four main unbeatens in at 1-4. You can argue the order, but not the teams. A&M somehow stayed in the Top 10 but realistically they are dead.

And finally…Congrats to Kim Ogg on winning the Harris County District Attorney race. She was the only candidate I publicly endorsed. I believe this is a big win for the people. Also, congrats to all the winners in the races that did not get plastered all over front pages or talked about on TV. Some really hard-working, talented people from both parties were elected last night. Thanks for your public service and I hope you all do the best for all of us.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”

— Donald Trump

4 Comments on Let’s not jump off the ledge just yet, three shame bells of the week, Astros rumors, congrats to local winners and, oh yeah, rugby porn: The update for Nov. 9

  1. Well done, Falcon. Let’s hope everyone can think with such lucidity.

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  2. Lumpy Space Princess // November 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    Is Mama Falcon taking your advice? Or is she already half way to Saskatchewan?

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  3. Hah. She was pretty quiet before work this morning. But I think she will be OK.

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  4. Great posts. I have shared the site with lots of friends in El Paso

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