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Monday, April 22, 2019

Pierwalker Log: April 22, 2019

Writing start: 10:05 A.M.
Finish: 4:00 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 500
Edited (est.): 12600

1. Failure: Primary edit number two of chapter twenty-five

2. Book Three Melody: 500 new words
Notes: Screw-up with chapter order today. Massive panic. I think, however, that the situation is resolved.

3. Angel: Book Three: Primary edit number three of chapter one

4. Rumpel: Read-through of chapter three
Notes: I completed the chapter today, because it only needed a few additions. I'll start the primary edits tomorrow!

5. Random Chance: Read-through of the prologue of Book Two

6. LOTR: Read-through of chapter seven

7. Port Story: Read-through of chapter one

8. Hidden Bookmarks: Off till Thursday
Notes: This is a brand-new project (one I've been thinking on and off again about for more than two years).

Special Projects: Transcribing Montaigne: day 3/3; work on "Looking Out Her Bedroom Window"

Extra notes: Is this the fourth week of my presidential horse race? How fast time flies when you're having fun.

All right. In order, here are my favorites to replace the Orange Ass Boil in 2020. (Given, of course, that he and his cabal and Russia don't declare martial law and end the United States as we know it.)

1. Elizabeth Warren
2. Cory Booker
3. Kamala Harris
4. Pete Buttigieg
5. Beto O'Rourke
6. Julian Castro
7. Amy Klobuchar
8.+: Everyone else
Dead last: Bernie Sanders

Like I mentioned last week: my mother used to say that the louder someone else is in an argument, the less sure they are with their position. Long experience has taught me, again and again, that this is true. And Lord, is the Bernie Sanders crowd loud these days, especially when it comes to Elizabeth Warren.

Daily Kos is, sadly, a very flawed site, one that can count among its many inadequacies that it has been overrun by Bernie bots. I read their comments. The awful HuffingtonPost, which I peruse every now and again, has been as well. Their articles, analyses, and comments are increasingly strident and overwrought, and their attacks on the other candidates, Warren in particular, are becoming toxic. Which is scary, considering we're not even officially in the campaigning season yet.

As I've said before, I'll vote for Sanders if somehow, in some nightmare scenario, he manages to become the Democratic nominee. It's like looking at two turds and told at gunpoint to eat one of them, or die. The Trump turd is worse, but it takes some inspection to notice that it is. I'll choose the Sanders turd. But like any turd, I'll upchuck it in short order.

As for Pete Buttigieg, I'd be all about him if he'd retract or clarify his comments on Hillary Clinton and her campaign, which, by the numbers, was second only in terms of the popular vote to Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. Once again, I must remind the brain-dead lot of you--no small percentage--that Clinton won the popular vote by almost 4 million votes, and didn't win the Electoral College because Trump CHEATED. All right? Jesus f'in Christ, y'all.

Buttigieg has some great ideas. But he's going nowhere with me until I see or read his retractions.

Booker has overtaken Harris for second place because I'm inspired by his passion and by his ideas. But truthfully, it's nose-to-nose with Harris, whose ideas I find excellent too. The Sanders goons are going after both of them as well, I've noticed. A sure sign that both are popular, and that their messages are resonating with voters.

Elizabeth Warren still leads the pack, and in fact is pulling away a little. She was one of the very first, if not the very first, to call for impeachment proceedings to begin against Trump this past week. Her policy plans are comprehensive and are winning plaudits from many pundits, especially the more educated and balanced of them. She is passionate, inspiring, incredibly smart, and on-the-nose with ongoing issues.

To finish, I've noticed that Amy Klobuchar is stepping up a little. I've read a few of her policy ideas and find them palatable. I think she needs to confront the many and credible charges that she's a bully before she moves up in the pack, however. We don't need another bully in the White House.