…welp…emmer did warn you…there’s gonna be links…but I don’t know as I can entirely recommend reading all of them
…because I have to be honest with you
…it hasn’t exactly done me a lot of favors when it comes to feeling better about much of anything today…not least if you happen to be busy trying to save or otherwise archive anything from the kinja blogs I gather are set to disappear as of monday
…& I don’t know about you folks but I could stand to feel better about how things look to be shaping up…so if you want to skip to the bottom reel this back up to the top & click the comment number to jump down there…wouldn’t blame you in the slightest
…which isn’t to say that there aren’t things trying to sound like good news
President-elect Joe Biden is poised to embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government, from the departments of Agriculture to Treasury to State — expanding it beyond environmental agencies to speed U.S. efforts to mitigate global warming and to acknowledge that the problem touches many aspects of American life.
The far-reaching strategy is aimed at making significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions even without congressional action, by maximizing executive authority.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/11/11/biden-climate-change
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen longtime Washington operative Ronald A. Klain as White House chief of staff, sending an early signal that he intends to rely heavily on experience, competence and political agility after a Trump presidency that prized flashiness and personality.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/klain-biden-white-house/2020/11/11/story.html
The pressure on Georgia’s top elections official began almost immediately after Joe Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in the battle for the state’s electoral college votes, fulfilling Democrats’ years-long quest to turn the Deep South state blue.
Georgia’s two U.S. senators demanded that he resign, declaring that Brad Raffensperger, their fellow Republican, had “failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.” Trump tweeted a barrage of unfounded accusations that the state’s election was a sham. And the president tapped one of the state’s GOP congressmen to lead his effort to find evidence of fraud, though no such evidence has surfaced.
Raffensperger isn’t budging.
While his announcement Wednesday that he had decided to conduct a hand-counted audit of the presidential vote was taken by some Republicans as affirmation of their suspicions, Raffensperger has his own expectation — that the new tally will confirm a Biden win.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/brad-raffensperger-georgia/2020/11/11/story.html
…& then of course there’s the part where I can’t help but wish we lived in a world where this lady was the top of the ticket instead of Joe…because if I’m honest I still haven’t got my head around why she didn’t get more traction in those primaries
…it’s not like you can claim ain’t nobody listening to the ladies these days
…& I know some of this shit is complicated
…but – to the surprise of literally no one who has been paying attention
…somehow it doesn’t seem to matter how much the GOP bicker amongst themselves whilst on team blue anytime the call seems to be coming from inside the house it’s like there’s blood in the water
Some, like House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) have agreed with Spanberger that slogans such as “defund the police,” as well as calls to ban fracking, for example, hurt Democrats. But others in the party’s more liberal wing said they felt like they were being blamed for losses, or that the voices of their constituents — many of them minorities — were being silenced.
“To be real, it sounds like you are saying stop pushing for what Black folks want,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said to centrist colleagues on the call. Ocasio-Cortez whose name and face hovered in the background of some GOP attack ads in Virginia, tweeted that the “‘progressivism is bad’ argument just doesn’t have any compelling evidence,” noting that many Democrats who co-sponsored Medicare-for-all or the Green New Deal won reelection.
“When it comes to “Defund” & “Socialism” attacks, people need to realize these are racial resentment attacks,” she wrote. “You’re not gonna make that go away. You can make it less effective.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/webb-spanberger-defund-attacks/2020/11/11/story.html
…but damn if the other side of the coin doesn’t take the shine off
With the Trump White House blocking the administration from formally cooperating with Biden, the members of the Democrat’s transition team are under strict orders not to have any contact with current government officials, even back-channel conversations, according to people with knowledge of the situation, who presented several explanations for the directive.
Biden transition team members are instead making contact with recently departed government officials and other experts to help them prepare for the new administration. And they are relying on a team led by a former senior State Department official to handle an influx of calls from foreign leaders — all without the benefit of a secure government line or language interpretation services provided by the current State Department.
The scramble shows how President Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has become much more than a symbolic stand. His administration’s blockade comes amid a deadly pandemic, an economic downturn and volatility abroad, stoking growing concerns that it will set back Biden’s effort to meet the swirl of crises confronting the nation.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-transition-team-trump/2020/11/11/story.html
…it’s not even as though they don’t fucking know how dangerously full of shit the current round of partisan appointments are
Congressional aides say the anodyne public expressions represent a concerted attempt to self-muzzle, as the political party that prides itself on being strong on national security grapples with its fear of antagonizing an erratic and impulsive lame-duck president while battling to keep control of the Senate.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-biden-esper-republicans-georgia-runoff/2020/11/11/story.html
…or what the fucking point is of lethal grandstanding like this
Even in a year that has tallied a record number of federal executions, Lisa Montgomery’s case stands out. Montgomery, 52, is scheduled on Dec. 8 to be the first woman in nearly 70 years to receive the federal death penalty. Her punishment is being carried out on an unusually fast timeline — all amid a pandemic.
The announcement of Montgomery’s execution date came on Friday, Oct. 16, after business hours, according to her federal public defender, Kelley Henry. Justice Department guidelines typically give prisoners 120 days’ notice of an execution date; Montgomery got 54.https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/11/record-breaking-spree-of-federal-executions-could-end-biden
…or whatever calamitous attempt to steer the narrative you choose to look at
Still, the absence of evidence and of a comprehensive and realistic plan to overcome Trump’s significant deficit and secure him a second term have not stopped some of the leading figures in the administration and the Republican Party from amplifying the president’s misinformation about the election outcome.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-election-results-strategy/2020/11/11/story.html
…because that “strategy” – in case it wasn’t fucking obvious on account of how it’s what all his shit boils down to in the end – is mostly variations on the singular tactic of trying to bilk as much cash as he can out of as many hateful idiots as possible on insanely thin pretextx before he’s out on his ass & the creditors come calling
Sixty percent of the contribution, up to $5,000, goes to “Save America,” Trump’s newly created leadership PAC. And 40 percent of the contribution up to $35,500, goes to the Republican National Committee’s operating account, its political (not legal) fund.
Only after reaching the first maximum would a single penny go to Trump’s “Recount Account,” and only after reaching the second maximum would a penny go to the RNC’s legal account.
“It’s a straight-up bait and switch,” Paul S. Ryan, the vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, tells me. Such email solicitations target small donors, so for the “overwhelming majority of people contributing … none of their money will end up in recount accounts” or be used for otherwise challenging the election.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/11/trumps-election-challenge-looks-like-scam-line-his-pockets
…all in all it’s hard not to find your thoughts straying to some doomsday scenarios
…much as I don’t want to really credit the possibility on account of how it seems like it’s not the sort of thing that could happen in a sane world
…I kinda reached the point where I wound up reading this kind of thing?
…which…if you click through to the article…does also point you in the direction of something a little more recent that’s…well…is this what passes for “better” now?
…either way…that’s probably enough out of me…have some tunes & talk among yourselves…although if anyone has any good news I’m all ears?
…I will say that having some new folks hereabouts…even if the reason for it is lamentable…is definitely an entry on the other side of the ledger, though