The Blue Wave Meets the Red Wall

Well, they were right: that was a midterm to remember.

A lot to chew on. Much more will be said in due time. For now I can say that we’ve only begun to grasp the implications of Trumpism, not only here but around the world.

The most immediate thing that comes to my mind at least is that the Republican Party is now completely beholden to President Trump. He not only saved the Senate but increased the number of GOP members. If nothing else, I’ve never seen a president work as hard as he did to work for his party. Never.

Bottom line: the Democrats can spend the next two years holding all the hearings they want –they can even impeach Trump–but it’s all for naught. “Go ahead: bust your head”, he seems to be taunting them. The House is impotent. All power now resides in the Senate and the judiciary. And the executive.

Who knows? Maybe autocracy is the normal course of events for governing human beings. I’m not saying that I like it but it may be inevitable. And here’s the irony: the Democrats are more than complicit in this turn of events. It’s been their dream ever since they abandoned Jeffersonian self-governanance in favor of Wilsonianism. Only now all this power rests in the hands of a Republican president.

In any event, it means that Trump can govern by executive fiat. It’s not an ideal situation by any means but it’s the legacy of the New Deal, when Congress first started ceding its power to the executive. Deal with it. It only got worse during the Great Society.

Anyway, below are my thoughts on the midterms. As always, feel free to comment.

P.S. The time off was needed. Thanks for your prayers.


  1. John Sakelaris says

    Has executive fiat been successfully used by a president in the past? Oh, sure, you can cite examples, but I am guessing that all such examples would have this one thing in common: Those executive fiats were accomplished with the active support of the liberal news media and the academic establishments. And we know that those liberals will not be supporting anything Trump says or does.

    Trump should proceed cautiously; concentrating not on executive fiat, but upon saying what he will do in a second term if he gets a Republican House as well as a Republican Senate.

    And he must keep things from getting any more tense with Russia.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Good points, John. My analysis re executive fiat is not prescriptive but descriptive. What will be, not what I want.

      In reality, it’s inevitable. We are witnessing the fracturing of the Democratic Party which is being played out in the new Congress (even before they take office). That loon Ocasia-Cortez is openly calling for the ouster of the old guard and about 20 Democrats have vowed not to vote for her.

      The crisis will boil down to this: the crazies who will demand nothing short of guillotines and tumbrels and the “centrists” who know that reelection requires bringing home the bacon.

      There is no compromise between both positions. And now that the GOP has 54 of the Senate seats they can play the spoiler in any legislation that comes out of the House.

  2. George you are quite the optimist for my former state. Silicon Valley and Hollywood elites are oblivious to the needs of whats left of Cali’s middle class, because they are not affected by rising living costs. The truth is, the majority of these rich environmental wackos, don’t realize that the wisdom of California’s WW2 generation vision and accomplishments of water flow, reasonable living expenses and jobs is key to a thriving farming industry, and lower living costs for average residents. California needs water to survive, and thrive. That means more reservoirs to hold snowmelt, for a never ending growing state.

    Cali Leftist agendas trumps the reality and needs of a population that has grown by 10 million since 1990. Ironically the fastest growing group, Latinos, might finally get it that obsessive environmental regulations results in fewer jobs, and higher living expenses.

    As to red and blue states along the border with Mexico, plus Latino growing Florida. Sorry but with the current trends of immigration patterns all I see is forever blue in the next 10 years. Immigrant growth, is out pacing citizen growth.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Dino, not optimistic at all, just realistic. Your description of CA is spot on but human beings (even deluded liberals) can only take so much suffering. As in the Soviet empire, the point will come when the people simply can’t take any more political posturing/moral preening.

      In eastern Europe that point came she the people ran out of toilet paper. We’re witnessing that now in Venezuela. I suspect that the longer the fires burn, the more illegal squatter camps proliferate in the Central Valley and the more that Normies have to be mindful of the feces and used needles that for the streets of San Francisco, the quicker that that point will arrive.

      Or it will just permanently collapse.

    • cynthia curran says

      Well, Trump turn off people in Orange County. Now, granted Orange County is changing but John Cox still did well there. Trump also turn off suburbs in Oklahoma, Kansas, Houston, and Dallas.

  3. I posted a lengthy comment on the election yesterday. I can’t help but note that it still hasn’t been published, even though several later comments have been.

    Considering there was nothing even remotely objectionable about the contents of the post this leaves me with two likely scenarios:

    1) The proprietor of the site has decided to 86 me from the establishment. This is entirely their prerogative. However, and especially since I do not post under a pseudonym, doing so without ever communicating this to my virtual ‘face’ but rather by silently blackholing comments seems a bit…well, fill in your own word here. At the very least I think it calls for a moment of reflection before ever throwing the term ‘snowflake’ out again.

    2) This I view as rather unlikely, but it is rather obvious that there are other individuals that have been handed moderation powers. I suppose it is technically possible that one of those has taken a personal dislike to my posting and just nukes anything I write regardless of content. As I said, I view that as rather unlikely.

  4. For the next two years, it may be a circus. But it may be relatively benign circus nonetheless. The House can’t do much of anything on its own but investigate. It can impeach, but impeachment is the equivalent of an indictment. It takes a vote by the Senate to convict or remove a sitting president.

    That ain’t gonna happen.

    You recall that Clinton was impeached but not removed. He proceeded to finish out his term.

    The other significant part is that the Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. So Trump can govern by executive order (much like Obama did) and still get conservative judges and justices confirmed to the federal courts since they only require the “advice and consent” of the Senate.

    At the end of the day, it would have been better if the Republicans had not lost the House. However, short of that, this is the very best that could have transpired. A greater majority in the Senate means less anxiety in the event of another Kavanaugh scenario when you might again have a couple of centrist Republicans seriously considering withholding support.

    So we tread water for a couple of years until the House changes hands again and Trump is reelected. Then he has one heck of a second term. Trump will certainly benefit from being able to run his reelection campaign against the antics in the House-Pelosi-Occasio. That is a gift from heaven.

  5. Cali’s only hope is older local children of Latinos, Asians, and Euro immigrants(over 45) who remember what Cali used to be. If they awaken before the ruins, then maybe. Green, leftist, Newbie Cali Utopia is unsustainable.

    Imagine in this day and age of statue destruction, and historical moral shaming, the leftists forget the words and actions of Cesar Chavez. In today’s world, if Mr. Chavez was white, he would be considered not Hitler, but President Donald Trump.

    Chavez a man ahead of his time, and the hope of California today. Of course I would never approve of Mr. Chavez calling undocumented immigrants, “Illegals”, and “wetbacks” as Mr Chavez did, nor organize angry citizens or farm union members to travel to the Mexican border to harass and in some cases beat up the scabs crossing the border undocumented. People “just” looking to take the jobs of pickers already in America trying to earn a living wage supported by unions. Since then they have taken more than pickers jobs and wages. They have removed a real middle class in Cali. America is next.

    Cesar words and actions would be uncivilized, un-American, and cruel in today’s America. Yet Cesar Chavez streets are everywhere today! Can Cali be great again? Cesar says,”Si, se puede!” or in English, “Yes, one can!” San Francisco is hopeless, in fact it is in a special class, something to the effect of East Berlin, it has walled itself, from the deplorables.

    My hope for Cali is in it’s Latinos long in the tooth, and longer in memory of what once was California, the Golden “livable” State!

  6. Michael Bauman says

    Our only hope is the mercy of God.

  7. Take two at assorted thoughts and commentary on the elections and above election commentary.

    * The Obama years were really horrible for Democrats at the state legislature level. Even only two years in, the Trump years are tracking to match that carnage for the GOP.

    * That the GOP performed so poorly in the midterms at a state and national level despite still being in a nearly decade long period of economic growth and in a state of near-full employment really emphasizes that Trump is as deeply unpopular as the polls report.

    * Claiming that ‘populism’ was a winner is a bit of a head-scratcher when the national congressional popular vote is evaluated.

    * The reason Trump is President boils down to less than a hundred thousand votes spread across three states. Analysis of those states in the midterms in conspicuously absent.

    * Considering how favorable a map the GOP had for the 2018 Senate contests, being exuberant about going up one seat compared to January 2017 is like doing a victory dance when your ball team scores a run in the top of the fifth. When they had the bases loaded with no outs.

    * The GOP reps that resigned rather than lose in the midterms made the right call. There were districts with defending incumbents that had 20 point swings! George Michalopulos appears to have tried to calculate how many seats the GOP would have held without retirements without looking at how weak the incumbent advantage actually was in 2018.

    * The Trump Administration is without parallel in modern American history for the level of corruption, incompetence and ethical scandals. The utter failure of the congressional GOP to even put a token show of oversight has handed the incoming Democratic House leadership a giant gift-wrapped basket.

    George Michalopulos said
    “Clearly there was voter fraud going on in Arizona and in Florida.”

    No. There was no voter fraud going on in either state.

    George Michalopulos said
    “The nature of her (McSally) concession was rather suspicious.”

    In the Trump era, any graceful concession by a losing GOP politician rather than going with unfounded accusations of fraud is now viewed as ‘suspicious’ by Trumpists.

    George Michalopulos said
    “I want to talk about Texas briefly”

    So briefly that you failed to cover advances the Democrats made at the state and local level in Texas. Abbott easily winning reelection does not mean Texas as a whole was a sweep for the GOP.

    George Michalopulos said
    “In a mid-term election the out party, the Democrats, should have won handily everywhere and anywhere.”

    Nonsense. The out-party effect isn’t that strong.

    George Michalopulos said
    “And they didn’t win in Florida, even with rampant cheating.”

    Again, there was no cheating, much less rampant. The Florida Senate race was so close Nelson might have lost in Florida due to incompetence: both in Broward County ballot design and in failures to mail out absentee ballots in timely fashion. The closeness of the race for either the Senate seat or the Governorship in Florida was not surprising based on polling.

    George Michalopulos said
    “What happened to him (Kavanaugh) brought out white Republican women in the suburbs.”

    The suburbs were a bloodbath of GOP losses. In generalities Trump has turned off far more suburban voters than base GOP voters being ‘energized’ by Kavanaugh and voting when they might not have voted before (hint: they were already going to vote).

    • cynthia curran says

      They sure were since Trump been around Orange County has been going more Dem. Also, suburbs in red states not blue states.

  8. Goes without saying Michael B.

    If I may ask, you stated that you had a vision of Jesus Christ walking thru your Church. What do you make of a devout Orthodox Christians witnessing an ugly vision of a typical depiction of the devil or demon? The reason I ask, could it be Christ, or the Saints, trying to scare us straight? I would imagine demons would try to lure us with beauty and safety nets, not fear.

  9. Michael Bauman says

    Not a vision, just a sense of His presence so deep that I could not even lift up my head until the priest had passed into the altar again. I was physically unable to lift it up not as a matter of will. Now, had I not been in pews kneeling, I would have been fully prostrate and I was unable to do that. That is a real downside of pews. It would be better not to have pews. But to say that it is impossible for “real Orthodox worship” to occur in a Holy Temple with pews is pure, unadulterated nonsense and a lie. I have heard such rubbish too often and am deeply weary of it.

    Then there are the many cases that Brother Michael Stankovich mentions. Previously used churches now transformed into Holy Temples by the Grace of God and the love of the people who gather there. One such is my brother’s parish, it is almost impossible to remove the pews (they have tried with some limited success) plus it is on the National Register of Historic Places and many changes are simply not possible or have to be approved.

    I do not get visions but sometimes I have been blessed with a sense of the presence of the unseen people of God our Lord and His ministers around us in the Holy Temple. Indeed, the first time I set foot in an Orthodox Church (one with pews as that is all there are in my neck of the prairie) I was graced with a simpler, but not as intense sense that Jesus Christ was walking down the aisle with the scantily bearded priest during the Great Entrance. That is one of the ways I knew I was were I was supposed to be.

    I found out later after I had been received by Baptism and Chrismation at the hands of that priest that he was wholly unsuited to the priesthood and he inflicted deep wounds on me and my family and others. Still, Jesus walked with Him and I received great blessing through that man and I thank God for him.

    Saidna Basil (Essey) is my bishop. He served as priest at my parish before being elevated to the Episcopate at that very same parish. Does that mean since it has pews and it was the beardless excoriated Met. Philip who was one of those who laid hands on him that Bp Basil is not a “real” bishop–God Forbid! He does have a lovely beard though.

    While serving as a priest there and consuming the Holy Gifts after the Liturgy one day, he heard several voices singing a hymn. He thought the choir had stayed behind to be with him, but when he looked there was no one else physically there. He has spoken of this publically on a number of occasions. Were the total list of such blessings to be known in that parish over its 100 years of existence always with pews (PWP?) it would be quite extensive.

    I am totally unworthy to be blessed with such things and I bring it up only to refute the baseless lie that “real Orthodox worship” CANNOT occur in Holy Temples that happen to have pews. God is no respecter of persons, He goes where He will even into the life of me, a great sinner.

    So I ask Jk, since I came to the Church guided by Jesus Christ and found him in my original parish and was received into the Church at the direction of a beardless Bishop, had hands laid on me by a nearly beardless priest in a Holy Temple that has pews, does that mean I am not really Orthodox and living in delusion somehow? Not to mention the many times I have been confessed in my parish by another beardless priest. Am I unforgiven? Lord have mercy!

    I can make no comment on vision actually, I am not qualified, it should be taken up with the person’s spiritual father/confessor. Demons are real, they are at liturgy with us I am sure, not to worship but to try to prevent us from worship.

  10. Michael Bauman,
    Yes I understand the distinction between visions and sense of Holy presence. I always had a sense of Holy presence during the moment of deaths of loved ones. So far as demon visions you are correct not a good forum. You are most likely correct, as to distractions and in my opinion also sinful thoughts.

  11. Constantinos says

    Hi George,
    I apologize for getting off topic; on both the CNN and Fox News websites, they have written that a man was crushed to death by his fork lift which was being driven by his dog, a Jack Russell Terrier. May he rest in peace.
    Thank you kindly Sir.

    • George Michalopulos says

      When I was little, we had a Jack Russell Terrier named Rico. I still think about him.

  12. Constantinos says

    Hi George,
    A nameless whiny poster on this forum has alternately stated that Monomakhos is a ” sandbox, and has complained that this place “wreaks of testosterone.” Well, studies have shown that women find the smell of testosterone sweet, especially when they are ovulating. I have compiled an informal “wreaking of testosterone” Hall of Fame. In no particular order, I shall proceed with your kind indulgence. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. Generals George Custer, U.S. Grant, Robert E Lee, John Kelly, Douglas MacArthur, and Norman Schwartzkoff. Boxers Rocky Marciano, Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Dwight Braxton, Ron Lyle, George Foreman, and Earnie Shavers. Baseball players: Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Reggie Jackson, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Joe Torrie, and the 2018 Boston Red Sox. Historical figures: Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Kaiser, the Greek Army during World War 2, Lord Byron, Archbishop Damaskinos, Elvis Presley, and Father Augustinos Kaniotes, the US Marine Corps, the Texas Rangers, Bill Russell, and Dick Butkus. On this forum: George Michalopulos, Archpriest Alexander Webster, Bishop Tikhon, Michael Bauman, Michael, Tim Mortiss, Mikail, JK, Brian, and Misha. Gentlemen, welcome to the “Wreaking of Testosterone” Hall of Fame.

    • George Michalopulos says

      There is solid science behind what you are saying Costa:

      At the risk of sounding like a patriarchist/cis-gender/supremacist, women are more attracted to men with higher testosterone levels. I’ve long learned that when the propagandists on TV talk about high-minded ideals like equality, etc, it’s best to look at what these propagandists (esp if they are women) do in their personal lives rather than what they say.

      In other words, do they date/cohabit/marry soy-boys or he-men? Soy-boys are invariably put in permanent “friend-zone” status. If the do cohabit/marry them, they are invariably cuckolded.

    • Constantinos says

      Hi George,
      With your kind indulgence, I would like to add three names to my Wreaking of Testosterone Hall of Fame: General George C. Patton, Constantine the Great, and Sam Walton- US Army veteran, and founder of WalMart.
      Also, there is an excellent article by Rabbi Aryeh Spero in The American Spectator on why he loves our country so much, supports our great President, and is a proud US nationalist. Let’s add him to the list, he wreaks of male testosterone. By the way, The American Spectator is must reading. They are the ones who broke the Troopergate Scandal, Whitewater, and reported extensively on the Clinton Crime Syndicate when they were desecrating the White House. Many thanks! Oh, Jackie Robinson belongs in the Hall of Fame as well, and Margaret Thatcher is an honorary member because of her assistance in ending the Cold War. We need to eradicate the Democratic Party, despotic liberalism, and male testosterone bashing. Thank again!

      • Michael Bauman says

        Constantinos, as a proclaimed member of your hall of fame, I would like to share a different understanding: While testosterone is an important hormone, it alone is not really the determinant of the masculine traits you admire. I am clinically low-T.

        I am my father’s son. The DNA and environmental factors are significantly more important than testosterone in my personality. It is important that he was a generation earlier than most father’s of people my age being 48 when I was born.

        He was an actual pioneer, living as a child in a sod hut as the family was homesteading in the high plains of eastern New Mexico.

    • Reeking vs wreaking
      Overpowering smell vs destroying
      Please gentlemen, exude rather than extinguish.

      • M. Stankovich says

        Better you pointed this out than me (I was waiting for Vladyka Tikhon). And good heavens, I was directly quoted as “complaining the place wreaked of testosterone.” Now I may suggest we be concerned about when and how the Lord will “wreak vengeance on the nations and chastisement on the peoples,” (Ps. 148:7 LXX) I would personally claim feeling remarkably fresh from Dove’s Men +Care Mineraux + Sauge face & body bar. “Une dose de fraicheur pour la sensation d’une peak renouvelée.” Renouvelée, “renewed !” What a country we live in…

    • Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald) says

      “Constantinos” wrote “A nameless whiny poster on this forum has alternately stated that Monomakhos is a ” sandbox, and has complained that this place “wreaks (SIC) of testosterone.” I have no idea who that poster without a name might be, but I certainly agree with that poster that Monomakhos serves as a sandbox for some of its more infantile contributors, but I can’t agree at all that it reeks of testosterone! What an idea! Testosterone is, rather, a glaring lack here. I think I understand how “Constantinos” might be attracted to the idea of testosterone enough to devote several lines to it.
      I also admit to liking how Konstantinos misused the word “wreak” in yet another message on that topic so fascinating him. Wreak is a transitive verb. Reek is not. Anyhow, he thinks our loser of a president is somehow imbued with testosterone!!!!! He listed a lot of males to whom he ascribed testosterone. He left out the Red Army and Germany’s SS. Some of us who remember World War II know that that ascribing testosterone to Gen. MacArthur is a little debatable.. It’s not just that he ran from the Philippines and left Gen. Wainwright to his fate, saying something like, “I’ll be RIGHT back,” but that many GIs serving in the South Pacific despised him. Then there is the matter of his always notoriously having a “gay”left officer or two on his general staff.. Perhaps they, too, appreciated his testosterone? “I pray that “Constantinos” does not let his attraction to testosterone develop into Lust! I’m not one of those who, in president Trump.s case, decipher “CinC” as Coward-in-Chief just because he’s afraid to visit our soldiers in any war zone, unlike President Obama. I wouldn’t envy any man who lost the American popular vote and got into the presidency on a constitutional technicality called the Electoral College, but I do wish he’d quit compensating for that by trying to destroy every achievement of his predecessor.

      • Constantinos says

        Your Grace,
        Thank you. I got your message. I’m looking forward to seeing our great President’s visage on Mt. Rushmore someday as I’m sure you are as well.

      • Constantinos says

        Your Grace,
        If I’m not mistaken, on this very forum, you have expressed admiration for Nancy Pelosi, the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives. Are you aware that on the week of November 17, 2018, she spoke at the “Rev. Al’s” nonprofit organization, going so far as to call to him ” a national hero?” Is that appropriate? Mind you, this is the same man who was caught on an FBI tape during a 1980s drug sting, and had to become a ” confidential FBI informant” to save his own skin. If someone as disgusting as “The Rev. Al” is ” national hero,” all I can say is our “heroes” certainly have feet of clay. Would you agree, Vladyka?

      • Antiochene Son says

        The Electoral College is not a technicality. It is the means by which the President is elected. There’s no such thing as the “popular vote.” California is exhibit #1 why we don’t have a “popular vote.”

        I thought someone who served in the military and swore to defend the constitution would understand what he was defending?

      • Antiochene Son says

        In fact, it was not until the 1840s that Electors were universally chosen by plebiscite. Electors were chosen by the legislatures for a good long while.

        When George Washington was elected, only Pennsylvania had a statewide vote.

        The US has never been a direct democracy, it was not designed to be. And every step taken to make it more democratic has resulted in things getting worse. The democratic election of Senators for its part being a huge blow to federalism.

        • George Michalopulos says

          Indeed. I know it’s counter-intuitive, but the regime for electing Senators before the Seventeenth Amendment was enacted was far better for republicanism and the safe-guarding of individual liberties.

          The direct election of Senators was a direct blow against States’ Rights which has led at times to a near-tyranny. (Of course, tyranny may be the inevitable lot of mankind, hence my belief in containing central authority within the person of a hereditary monarch.)

          It’s possible however that these United States still has some fight left in them. One of the supreme ironies of Trump’s election is the desire of certain (blue) States to start fighting the Federal government. I look to them to start fighting the Federal judiciary s well. Trump has also done much to enervate the Congress to take back its constitutional prerogatives.

          This all may be due to the DNA that makes up America –founded as it was as a confederation of several independent States. Unlike other polities (such as Russia) which crave a strong central autocrat, I don’t believe that –barring a military cataclysm brought out by a disastrous civil war–such a regime is possible here.

          Oh sure we’ve tried. Wilson was the first and he was largely successful but the Lord intervened and he was felled by a stroke.

          • Constantinos says

            Dear George,
            Most of the ideas for the founding of our great country come from the Age of Enlightenment. Thomas Jefferson was very influenced by these ideas such as the separation of powers, religious liberty, etc. The United States rejected the idea of monarchy with the founding of America.You many favor monarchy, but not in the US. Don’t you think the French Revolution found a little bit of inspiration from the American Revolution? As I recall, they weren’t too friendly to the king.
            Personally, I believe the President of the US should be elected from the aristocracy. For example, classes like the Boston Brahmins. Take Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.; read his biography; he would have made a great president.

            • Michael Bauman says

              Mr. C. You are correct many ideas from the apostate, anti-Christian Deist “Enlightenment”. Also the pagan Greeks. Some of their best ideas came from the Iroquois Nation.

              But we have become too big and too “diverse” to allow them to really function any more. Ultimately, the restrictions in the Constitution depend entirely on virtuous men abiding by them a fallacy that was proved wrong as soon as John Adams, a true giant and one of the most virtuous of the Founders, pushed through the Alien and Sedition Acts once he became President.

              Marshall, Jackson, Lincoln, the Radical Republicans, all of the Presidents from Grant through Cleveland, Wilson, Franklin, each and everyone finding ways to obliterate Constitutional protections and extend the power of the Federal government.

              The declaration that Obamacare is unConstitutional as it surely is is too little, too late. There will be no return to anything that might actually work. It will become more intusive, more expensive and more rationed.

              A bad king could not have done worse.

              • Tim R. Mortiss says

                How has it lasted so long? How was it possible for me and so many of my generation to have great upbringings, fine public schools, happy and yes, free lives and family lives? And all this a couple of centuries on…

                This idea that the Republic started to go down the tubes within less than a generation after the Constitution was adopted is, to say the least, a real stretch…

                And there is surely no reason that Pagans and Deists cannot have excellent concepts of good government. A devout accomplished professional woman of my long acquaintance once said to me: “Thank God the Constitution was written by white male deists” !

  13. M. Stankovich says

    Mr. Michalopulos,

    I’m sure you have your reasons for withholding my comments regarding your “solid science,” but how about we try an “executive summary”:

    Your own article states: “Whether these chemicals are signals of masculine qualities, or just a byproduct of them, remains unclear.” They know. It’s a byproduct. No good scientist paints himself/herself into a corner.

    In computer security, “sandboxing” is a technique whereby legitimate developers may test their code accessing the core components of the operating system, but cannot alter the core of the operating system. Obviously, the actual intent is to prevent dark hackers from injecting malicious code into the core of the operating system (e.g. botware, ransomeware, etc.). Developers, however, complain that that the “sandbox” environment is not the “real world” in which their program will operate; it is only an approximation. That, in fact, was my point in using the term: hide behind a wall of Walter Mitty anonymity and throw stones, without any responsibility or consequence, all while sitting in Batman Underalls, and pretending to be a “champion.”

    Finally, the whole matter of the essential human hormone testosterone is extraordinarily complex in both genders. Unfortunately, while it is assumed to be “the” source of “masculinity,” it is only one of a number of essential hormonal and other contributing sources acting in concert. Much has been made historically about a correlation between increased levels of testosterone and competitiveness, aggression, and violence (e.g. research showing that subjects such as elite athletes on one end of the spectrum, and extremely violent predators who are necessarily segregated in prison settings. Nevertheless, research has also found the identical behaviour in males with very low testosterone levels. How old and convincing is this theory? Read some of the “auction” announcements for slave trade in the US south, advertizing excellent “breeding results” based upon the physical characteristics of the object of sale. Further, the epidemiological literature is consistent: >40% of all men over the age of 45 will experience the onset of hypergonadism (the loss of the body’s ability to produce testosterone). My point: to attribute a man’s character or accomplishments – or lack thereof – to a male adnostane class steroid is – how can I put it – dumb. So, when I said, “The smell of testosterone gives me a headache,” I was sspecifically referring to:

    J Clin Neurosci</em. 2018 Apr; 50: 165-171. doi: 10. 1016/j. jocn. 2017. 11. 011. Epub 2018 Feb 1.

    Li, W, Diao, X, Chen, C, Li, C, Zhang, Y, Li, Y.

    Changes in hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in migraine patients.

    The incidence of migraine is higher in women than in men. Abnormality of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is believed to be implicated in the pathogenesis of migraine. The aim of this study was to detect serum hormone levels in the HPG axis of migraineurs and analyze the relationship between the hormone levels and migraine-related clinical characteristics. One hundred and nineteen migraineurs were enrolled. Serum FSH, LH, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, prolactin and GnRH was detected. Pain intensity and migraine-related disability were evaluated using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Migraine Disability Assessment questionnaire (MIDAS). The relationships between sex hormone levels and the VAS score and the MIDAS score were also examined. Progesterone levels in male migraineurs were lower than those in healthy controls (P < . 01). In female patients, in the follicular phase, testosterone levels were lower than in healthy controls (P < . 01). In the luteal phase, estrogen and testosterone levels (P < . 05) were lower than in healthy controls. Progesterone and testosterone levels (P < . 01) were lower than in healthy controls in the postmenopausal phase. In male patients, estrogen levels were negatively associated with the MIDAS score (r = -0. 602). In female patients, in the follicular phase, estrogen levels were positively correlated with headache duration and VAS score (r = 0. 374, r = 0. 331, respectively) and negatively related with MIDAS score (r = -0. 334). In the luteal phase, estrogen and progesterone levels were negatively correlated with the MIDAS score (r = -0. 772, r = -0. 464, respectively). The levels of HPG axis hormones were abnormal in migraineurs and were associated with migraine-related clinical characteristics.

    Always happy to help, Mr. M.

  14. Constantinos says

    Hi George,
    In my humble opinion, this poster is the perfect example of the kind of guy that if you see him out in public, you hope and pray he doesn’t see you because he will talk your ear off for at least twenty minutes rambling, babbling, lecturing about various and sundry subjects. You know, the kind of guy you can’t get away from.

  15. cynthia curran says

    What I don’t like about Trump is he has no feelings for a lot of Republican Oil Patch guys that could get laid off if oil prices dropped more but he has sympathy of union types in Michigan that probably voted Democratic this time that worked for GM, GM is smart its dropping the heavy union plants in Ohio and Michigan and keeping open the plants in Texas or Ohio but Trump doesn’t understand that union types in more liberal states like Michigan might not vote for him next time while loyal Texan oil workers will.