Writing start: 10:18 A.M.
Finish: 3:03 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1000
Edited (est.): 7000Tasks
1. Failure: 600 new words
Notes: I believe this is the final chapter of the novel. I believe there will be an epilogue, but no matter how I look at it, this is it!
2. Book Three Melody: Read-through of chapter fifteen
3. Angel: Book Three: 400 new words
Notes: Miracles do happen.
4. Random Chance Book Two: Off
5. LOTR: Primary edit number one of chapter seven
6. Port Story: Read-through of chapter two
7. Hidden Bookmarks: Read-through of chapter one
8. Rumpel: Off till 5/13
Special Projects: None
Extra notes: Another week, another update to my presidential horse race. Let's get started, shall we?
As of today, here is where the candidates, in my opinion, stand.
1. Elizabeth Warren / Kamala Harris (tie)
2. Cory Booker
3. Beto O'Rourke
4. Julian Castro
5. Pete Buttigieg
6. Kirsten Gillibrand / Amy Klobuchar (tie)
7. The rest of the field, including Joe Biden
8. Bringing up the rear, and with his head in his own--Bernie Sanders
Biden's centrist position is a dangerous one. It's also, in my opinion, borderline immoral. Republicans do not want want to govern; they want to rule. There is no bipartisanship with such a scenario! The Republican Party, as outstandingly evidenced by the Orange Ass Boil himself this morning, who thinks he should get "at least" two more years in office, no questions asked, because he was put through an investigation, have no intentions for anything other than totalitarian rule. Want more proof? Nancy Pelosi herself warned that she was concerned that Trump would not cede power should he be defeated in 2020. That should scare the shit out of you. If it doesn't, you are part of the problem.
Biden is also taking corporate cash, and is doing so with no compunctions whatsoever.
Bernie Sanders is ... Bernie Sanders. His followers and supporters are just as vile and toxic as ever. Here's a prayer, offered to Anyone listening up high, that he flames out soon. Very soon.
Pete Buttigieg needs to address the rifts within his own campaign, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to his campaign and message, or he'll drift even farther downfield.
Julian Castro has been getting more and more of my attention of late. I like his thoughts--no person is illegal, for example--and I like his humble approach. He seems like a smart, affable candidate.
Beto O'Rourke is making some strides, and is almost nose-to-nose with Cory Booker for second place in my race. He's really been hammering home salient and pressing points on climate change, and I very much appreciate that, especially as it pertains to farming and sustainability. He seems to be focusing a bit more and not so interested in being a rock star. He and Booker both are earning respect points from me.
Kamala Harris had a monster week last week, ripping our traitorous Attorney General, William Barr, a new asshole. You should watch that. Seriously. I was deeply impressed by her no-nonsense attitude, her intelligence, her passion. She has pulled into a tie with Elizabeth Warren, who continues to run a flawless campaign, and is seriously picking up steam in the polls. A Warren/Harris or Harris/Warren ticket would be phenomenal, and, I believe, a sure win with voters. Both women are approaching their campaigns with real integrity and style, and I admire them both deeply.
Again, as I said above, Republicans aren't interested in governing; they are interested only in ruling. Bipartisanship is not possible, by definition, in such a case. I know O'Rourke and Buttigieg and Biden and even Sanders think they can pull it off, but they're dreaming. The problem is, that dream is a nightmare, one that will end this country and likely be the final nail in the coffin for the biosphere of this planet. I'd love to say I'm being wildly hyperbolic here, but I'm not.
Republicans don't care. It's that simple. Even when you factor their children into the equation. Either that, or they are eyelash deep in the river Denial. They've bought the propaganda. They believe the Fox News horseshit. They believe Limbaugh and Hannity and every day bury their fat white heads deeper and deeper into the polluted sand. Reasoning with such numbnuts is a monstrous waste of time.
I've said it many times before, but it bears saying yet again: this is a war. We are already fighting it. It is real; it is existential; and the casualties of it are piling up, whether or not you're willing to see them or acknowledge them. None of this is normal; so for you to pretend that it is is to add to the evil, not subtract from it. We are at a moral and spiritual crossroads in this country (and in the world, too). We must choose. Fence-sitters and the apathetic are just as awful as those working tirelessly to destroy democracy and the biosphere, and must be opposed just as fiercely.
Of all the candidates I've listed above, only Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris seem to have a firm grasp of these facts. Until I see strong evidence that the others have as well, they stand no chance to win my little horse race.