…so…you know how sometimes it all gets to be a bit much?
…yeah…well…this is going to be one of those times, I’m afraid
Many see a wannabe despot barricaded in the bunker, stubby fingers clinging to the levers of power as words that mean nothing to him — democracy, electoral integrity, peaceful transition, constitutionality — swirl above. One presidential historian sees something different in Donald Trump’s swan song. Michael Beschloss has been tweeting pictures of Hollywood’s most famous divas, shut-ins and head cases.
@bryanlsplinter predicted I have amassed a somewhat absurd quantity of links in the days I’ve been failing to get one of these together…he may have lowballed the number, though
…so don’t forget that jump-cut routine is available if you click on the number of comments up at the top…or just take my word for it that I did in fact leave a few out & scroll on like the intrepid souls I know many of you to be…the choice is yours
Over the past week, President Trump has axed his defense secretary and other top Pentagon aides, his second-in-command at the U.S. Agency for International Development, two top Homeland Security officials, a senior climate scientist and the leader of the agency that safeguards nuclear weapons. Engineering much of the post-election purge is Johnny McEntee, a former college quarterback who was hustled out of the White House two years ago after a security clearance check turned up a prolific habit for online gambling. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-white-house-purge/2020/11/13/story.html
…I know january still feels like a long way of in this the longest year in living memory
Special committees, mostly in Democratic-led states, will seek to reassure the public that an F.D.A.-approved vaccine is safe and effective amid doubts about the Trump administration’s virus response.
…but while floundering through the headlines
Why the 2020 Election Makes It Hard to be Optimistic About the Future
…I keep trying to cling to the notion that however poorly served I think my personal wish-list of political possibilities might end up being under a biden presidency
Leading medical groups urge Trump to share Covid data with Biden to ‘save countless lives’
…at least it’ll be an actual fucking presidency
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/mcconnell-says-there-will-be-orderly-transfer-power [ …sure mitch…just as soon as you transfer yours to someone with a goddamned conscience you dessicated corpse of a man]
…with an actual fucking president
A former right-wing media creator on how a ‘different reality’ became so prominent.
…& people in posts that they are in fact not absurdly unqualified to hold
Just five short years ago Jared and Ivanka were dinner-party royalty here in Manhattan. It’s that kind of place. They had money, they had youth, they had celebrity. They were thin. I’m told that their manners were impeccable, so you’d never know that his father was an actual felon and her father a de facto one. Besides, you can’t hold family against someone, can you? We don’t choose how we’re born. But from then on, we do make choices, and we’re accountable for those.
…that don’t make the whole fucking thing seem like a sick parody of government
The End of Trump’s Reign of Tweet Terror Is Near
Facing the end of his time in power, the president is pushing to accelerate withdrawals from counterterrorism conflicts. He campaigned on ending the longstanding wars.
…meanwhile…courtesy to the the constitutionally-contradictory-courter-of -disaster approach to two-faced grandstanding
…& I don’t know about you but for me the whole transition-away-from-insane-assholes-in-charge thing can not come around fast enough
…& then there’s the ongoing cavalcade of everyone-knows-they’re-full-of-shit “I didn’t lose – you lose” parade of
Trump, the Absolute Worst Loser
…I mean, do we really have to call them lawsuits at this point
The Post-Presidency of a Con Man
…wouldn’t liesuits be more accurate?
Even before he was elected in 2016, Donald J. Trump was building a conspiracy theory about voter fraud that took on new energy this year, as his political fortunes ebbed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Federal employees are required under ethics rules to keep political activity separate from their government roles. Officials with the Voter Integrity Fund said the political appointees participating in the project are doing it in their personal time. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-voter-integrity-fund/2020/11/15/story.html
To the Editor:
In interviews with sympathetic Fox News hosts, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani has made several wild claims alleging that election fraud and malfeasance was responsible for Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. His claims have been echoed in weekend tweets by President Trump, accusing a software company of somehow manipulating the vote in favor of Biden. These presidential tweets have been flagged by Twitter as misleading. Moreover, this nonsense has already been debunked by Trump’s own government. In a statement issued Nov. 12, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, and partners such as the National Association of Secretaries of State declared: “ There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/11/16/giulianis-fantasy-parade-false-voter-fraud-claims
Fifty-nine of the country’s top computer scientists and election security experts rebuked President Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and hacking on Monday, writing that such assertions are “unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”
…I mean…somebody go ahead & correct me if I’m wrong…but
even if all these bullshit suits won it still wouldn’t mean he didn’t lose the fucking election
…because really the lying is the most consistent thing about the whole audacity-of-mandacity approach that is the defining characteristic of the feckless fanta-faced forever-fuckwit fabulist & his fantasy-fomenting flotilla of fermented fiends
…& of course we’re just starting to climb the veritable mountain of takes we’re going to have to wade through about who voted for who & why & what we all ought to be taking from that…mostly according to people who seem peculiarly at home speaking for millions of folks they don’t know & generally tend to have fuck all in common with…which is always fun, I’m sure you’ll agree
Liberals Envisioned a Multiracial Coalition. Voters of Color Had Other Ideas.
…while we’re at it…can we just take a moment to consider that the electoral college tally for biden this go around matches the one for the “win” (I think maybe TKO might have been a better term?) that foisted the shitshow of the last few years on a largely unsuspecting (apparently…although fuck if I see how, quite frankly…) world despite the fact that where one candidate lost the popular vote by upwards of 3million votes the other won it by a margin in excess of 5million
…so a swing from a negative aggregate score through a positive one that represents something a little over 10% of the volume of votes that actually went in his favor this time…gave the same result in electoral college terms…& there are still folks out there who want to claim the thing is anything but a fucked up way to settle this shit?
…is it just because at some point I missed a memo about how the highest calling in the world of elderly & overly-entitled white anachronisms-on-legs became what I think is technically called “whining like a little bitch” in a number of circles?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/georgia-senate-runoffs-gop-weigh-trump-s-influnenc e /2020/11/16/story.html
Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.
President Trump and his allies in the Senate have packed the federal courts with more than 200 conservative judges over the last four years, including three Supreme Court justices. In doing so, Mr. Trump made explicit that he wants “his” judges, and the 6-to-3 conservative majority on the court, to achieve what he could not through Congress, including eliminating health care for millions and undermining what remains of the Voting Rights Act.
…because let’s face it
…there’s no shortage of ground that needs to be covered that hasn’t really got a look in under the alleged administration of the “who knew being president was hard work?” years
Hate Crimes in U.S. Rose to Highest Level in More Than a Decade in 2019
…some days it just seems like we’re doing shit backwards
Living Near Drilling Is Deadly. Why Don’t California Lawmakers Care?
…in the sense of against what I quaintly think of as stuff like all reason & logic
…or (sigh) principles that aren’t a euphemism for short-term self-interest
let’s take a look at some numbers that don’t involve political philosophies. Rather, they involve investment philosophies — Value and Growth. As a bonus, I’ll give you an example of how an honorable investment professional behaves when the numbers go against him. So let me introduce you to numbers that most retail investors have never heard of that help explain what’s been going on in the U.S. stock market the past few years. I’d also like to introduce you to the person who introduced me to these numbers. He’s an honorable guy named Ted Aronson, who is closing his Value-oriented money-management firm, AJO Partners, and sending back his investors’ $10 billion because he has grown increasingly dissatisfied with his investment performance and doesn’t want to keep fighting a losing battle against markets. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/11/13/value-investing-growth-investing
…well, shit…you done made it this far…I’m guessing you might care to comment?