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September 18, 2020

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Sept.25, 2020

Post election blues version Two:

Sept. 24, 2020

My story today 


In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Republicans from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to the third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) promised a peaceful transfer of power and emphasized its importance in our constitutional republic. But in each of their statements, Trump was basically Voldemort. There was no suggestion that they were responding directly to Trump or that he actually said something wrong.

Some Republicans were firmer and more direct, with Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) saying, “Yes” to a question about whether the GOP would act if Trump refused to leave office, and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) saying, 

“The president says crazy stuff. 

We’ve always had a peaceful transition of power. It’s not going to change.”

As the day wore on though, other Republicans weren’t content with generalized comments. Rather than invoke Trump, they began to invoke Democrats.

“This year, both candidates must commit to abiding by the results, no matter the outcome,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) tweeted.

“Well I think the president will accept the result,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said, before asking: “How many people have you asked on the Democratic side if they’ll support the outcome of the election?”

Don’t underestimate the spiteful chaos Trump’s defeat and sociopathology can unleash on an ungrateful America after the election

Sept. 23, 2020

My story below (just about nobody is reading it on Daily Kos)

PAUL: “You’ve been a big fan of Cuomo and the shutdown in New York, you’ve lauded New York for their policy. New York had the highest death rate in the world. How can we possibly be jumping up and down and saying, ‘Oh, Gov. Cuomo did a great job’? He had the worst death rate in the world.”

FAUCI: “No, you’ve misconstrued that, Senator, and you’ve done that repetitively in the past. They got hit very badly; they made some mistakes. Right now, if you look at what’s going on right now, the things that are going on in New York to get their test positivity 1 percent or less is because they are looking at the guidelines that we have put together from the task force of the four or five things — of masks, social distancing, outdoors more than indoors, avoiding crowds, and washing hands.”

PAUL: “Or they’ve developed enough community immunity that they’re no longer having the pandemic because they have enough immunity in New York City to actually stop ...”

FAUCI: “I challenge that, Senator … please, sir, I would like to be able to do this because this happens with Sen. Rand all the time. You are not listening to what the director of the CDC said, that in New York it’s about 22 percent. If you believe 22 percent is herd immunity, I believe you’re alone in that.”

PAUL: “There’s also the preexisting immunity of those who have cross-reactivity, which is about a third of the public … [crosstalk]”

FAUCI: “I would like to talk to you about that also, because there is a study that recently came out that preexisting immunity to coronaviruses that are common cold do not cross-react with the COVID-19.”

Woodward says CNN reporter urged him to release Trump tapes

Bob Woodward says he hadn’t planned on releasing audio tapes of his interviews with President Donald Trump for his book “Rage” until CNN reporter Jamie Gangel and the author’s wife convinced him.

That turned out to make a huge difference in the book’s reception and impact, the veteran author and chronicler of presidential administrations said at an online conference hosted by CNN on Tuesday.

“It’s not the same as it is on the page,” Woodward said. “The microphone really is a microscope.”

Gangel worked in tandem with Elsa Walsh, herself an accomplished reporter who helps edit her husband’s books, to encourage release of the tapes. They were first given to CNN and The Washington Post.

For a CNN reporter to help push a news source toward a decision that amplifies the impact of a book that is highly critical of Trump may open Gangel to some criticism. CNN is already one of the biggest targets of the president and his supporters.

But it’s an important role for journalists to advocate for public release of as much information as possible, said Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin.

“I have no problem with a reporter telling an author that it’s in the public interest to see that the tapes are released,” Culver said.

CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who was interviewing Woodward at the conference, also said that “we’re all better” for Gangel pressing the point

Trump aides feared his supporters ‘would cheer’ if he announced RBG’s death during rally: summary of NY Times report

According to the New York Times’ Peter Baker, aides on Friday “opted not to pass word to” to Trump of Ginsburg’s death because “if he announced the death of the liberal justice from the lectern, they feared the crowd would cheer.”

More from a Trump rally: “They’d grab one guy — I’m a reporter. I’m a reporter,’” Trump said, imitating the scene. “They threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn. Honestly, when you watch the crap that we’ve all had to take so long, when you see that — you don’t want to do that — but when you see it, it’s actually a beautiful sight.”

“It’s a beautiful sight,” he repeated. 

Click to view #ByeKayleigh view video

A Canadian Woman Was Arrested For Allegedly Sending An Envelope With Ricin To President Trump

Authorities say she used a now-deleted Twitter account to also post tweets that were critical of the president, including one with the hashtag #KillTrump.

Sept. 22, 2020

Cuban-American columnist slams Trump’s fraud on Florida supporters: He tried to make money off the Castro regime

On Tuesday, writing for the Miami Herald, Cuban-American columnist Fabiola Santiago, a refugee of the Castro regime, slammed President Donald Trump for courting Miami’s conservative Cuban community with anti-socialism rhetoric — when he spent a good portion of his business career trying to make money off the communist state.

“[Trump] may peddle the hard line to his Republican Cuban-American supporters in Miami, but when he looks south of the city, he only sees dollar signs,” wrote Santiago. “He promises that he won’t do business until Cuba is free of the Castro brothers’ regime — and prohibits Americans from traveling to the island — but Trump and his team have been chasing business opportunities in Cuba for the past decade.”

Whistleblower on Jared Kushner’s COVID task force says he was told to "fudge" death data model

Robert F. Kennedy's grandson revealed that he was the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on the pandemic response

Trump's prerecorded speech to The United Nations shows he's found a way to replace the usual teleprompters on each side of him. My hunch is that he has a giant screen TV with the text placed above the camera. There's no way he could have memorized a speech this long. Below: not a link

Link above: It is clear who the editors meant Moses to be pointing at when they decided to use this picture to illustrate this story.

Finland to deploy coronavirus-sniffing dogs at Helsinki Airport

Sept. 21, 2020

I JUST HAD TO EMBELLISH THIS from HuffPost ad: I mean, well duh! Haven't we known this for a long time?

Sept. 20, 2020

Who knew God gave Trump his rights? “President Trump will fulfill his constitutional duty to protect our God given rights and do his part to fill the seat,” the White House spokesperson added.

‘He truly despises Black women’: Cohen walks through Trump’s outright ‘hatred’ for women of color

Excerpt: It has become clear to anyone paying attention that President Donald Trump has serious problems with people of color. But his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, revealed that it goes much deeper. 

“Trump is a racist white supremacist” is a story that may as well be “water is wet,” but Cohen explained Sunday in an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that Trump has a particular issue with women of color. 

“The fact is, as much as he has a disdain for Black people, he truly despises Black women because he doesn’t know how to handle them,” Cohen said. “He doesn’t know what to do.”

At a rally on Friday in Minnesota, Sharpton noted the “mostly white” crowd was one that Trump heralded for having “good genes,” meaning white genes.


Democrats’ constitutional Jiujitsu: How the party can out-maneuver and decisively vanquish Trump’s GOP

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The sad passing of RBG underscores the stakes.

Democrats must fight to win.

But this is a complex fight, and it will not be settled by a single blow. Trump and his Republican enablers are not to be taken lightly. But they are vulnerable, and opportunism in responding to RBG’s passing could make them more vulnerable, by mobilizing women and minority voters—including so-called “suburban” Republican women who care about reproductive freedom—to come out in droves in November. There are a range of tactics that need to be employed to position the Republican opponent in such a way that he can be decisively defeated.

Trump and his party must be defeated. They must be out-maneuvered, brought down, and decisively vanquished.

And once they submit, and the Democrats again are in control, the real work of renovating American society and reinvigorating American democracy can and must proceed. It would be a wonderful irony if the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who always argued that only democratic politics can ensure social justice, would help to energize the democratic politics we need now more than ever.

Excerpt:  If Donald Trump wins reelection in November the U.S. faces the very real threat of a racist, misogynist and deadly dystopia.

That’s the rather dire warning from Dr. Judith L. Herman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a renowned expert on the traumas of interpersonal violence. Herman is one of the authors of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

Those experts considered a number of possible explanations for Trump’s behavior and performance as president:

“Is he a malignant narcissist?  A sociopath?  Is he psychotic?  Cognitively impaired?  Is he “crazy like a fox” or just plain crazy, i.e., when he lies constantly, does he know he’s lying, or does he believe his own lies?  When he makes wild accusations and promotes conspiracy theories of the far right, is he truly paranoid, or is he consciously manipulating the media?”

Herman’s conclusion is that the answer might be “yes” to all of the above. She adds that while it may not be possible to diagnose Trump’s true state of mind, it is possible to make a professional assessment of his dangerousness. 



Actually, coincidental to the disclosures about using sedition laws, came news that federal officials had been stockpiling ammunition and devices that could emit deafening sounds or singe anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire to clear Lafayette Square in Washington for that Donald Trump Bible photo op. The disclosures came in The Washington Post from D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco, who led the brigade there, and filed them as a whistleblower.

Are we nuts all of a sudden as a nation or can we see this as the excess of a bad political campaign? Does Barr think we are idiots? He actually compared his own prosecutors to pre-schoolers and asserted that he and Trump are in charge, not those career prosecutors who make daily decisions in individual cases.

Barr was wrong in citing “a dozen cases” each year in which Black citizens are mistreated; there are 250 deaths at the hands of police this last year. He and Trump are wrong to deny that there are systemic elements to racism in this country and to our policing practices.

The federal sedition law is rarely invoked, and something that does not seem to fit the circumstances of the unrest in places like Portland in response to police killings of Black men. So, too, would be ordering the arrest of the Seattle mayor for allowing a protest to cool itself in that city.

Promoting sedition laws to stop protests is an extremist Justice Department policy. Barr has no business being attorney general.


Trump distorts CDC info and spreads vaccine lies because he thinks faking it is always better than doing any work

It's hardly new or revelatory to say this, but it's critical to remember the role that "The Apprentice" played in turning Donald Trump, a notoriously bad businessman with a string of bankruptcies, into an American icon of capitalist success. Everything from careful editing to set designers giving the dreary Trump Organization offices a glow-up came together to create the illusion of success where only failure and mediocrity had been before. 

It was an experience so profound for Trump that he did something highly unusual: He learned something. He absorbed the idea that a well-constructed illusion of competence gets you all the benefits of being accomplished, without having to do the hard work of actually achieving anything.

Unfortunately, it was a lesson we are all paying the price for now.

Sept; 19, 2020

Trump threatens to call off 2020 election with executive order saying Biden can’t serve as presidentTrump threatens to call off 2020 election with executive order saying Biden can’t serve as president

Below: From a conservative website:

Lucian K Truscott IV takes a shot at Trump's preening narcissism:

Sept. 18, 2020