…one of those days [DOT 15/10/20]

remember when there were another sort...

…some days

How can you tell President Trump is running one of the worst campaigns in modern political history? This is not a setup for a joke. It requires a serious and exhaustive response.


…some days I just don’t know where to start


…or maybe I do

How Joe Biden Became the Unlikeliest of Online Fund-Raising Superstars

…but I worry that it’ll wind up somewhere I don’t want to go

Since last week, the share of white non-college over 30 registrations in the battleground states has increased by 10 points compared to September 2016, and the Democratic margin dropped 10 points to just 6 points. And there are serious signs of political engagement by white non-college voters who had not cast ballots in previous elections.

…ah, who am I kidding?


…I know it’s headed places I don’t want to go


…that’s been kind of a constant for longer than I care to remember

China Got Better. We Got Sicker. Thanks, Trump.

…& I’m not the only one


…now I get that these tend to have too many links because it’s frankly insane to sift through as much of this stuff as I seem to most days


…& WaPo has that whole paywall thing that’s a pain in the ass…but if you click that second NBC link right up there before the…fourth(?) WaPo one there’s a video…it’s a little less than 10mins…& it covers a good bit of the ground that one way or another you could have read about in the pages of The Washington Post…but if you have a little more time you could do worse than watch the long version

…it’s not that we aren’t all aware of what the GOP’s “base” thinks of as being Barrett’s principal qualifications


…she’ll give them what they want & the headline acts involve Roe vs Wade, Obergefell vs Hodges & the ACA


During a nearly 12-hour question-and-answer session, Judge Barrett evaded Democratic senators’ attempts to pin down her views on the Affordable Care Act, abortion rights, gay marriage and a possible election-related case. She played down her history of taking conservative stances in legal writings and personal statements, arguing that she might view issues differently as a sitting justice.




Again and again, Judge Amy Coney Barrett insisted to senators that she has no “agenda” on issues such as the Affordable Care Act, the future of abortion rights or same-sex marriage, and that she would be nobody’s “pawn” if confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“Do you think we should take the president at his word when he says his nominee will do the right thing and overturn the Affordable Care Act?” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., asked, displaying a poster of a President Donald Trump tweet criticizing the Supreme Court’s 2012 ACA decision.

“I can’t really speak to what the president has said on Twitter,” Barrett responded. “He hasn’t said any of that to me.” She added, “I am 100 percent committed to judicial independence from political pressure.”





…& a whole bunch of 2nd Amendment related batshittery that’s bound to improve upon the current perfection when it comes to “lawful” use of firearms

President Trump praised the killing of Michael Reinoehl, suspected of fatally shooting a far-right protester, as “retribution.” Our investigation found that officers may have shot without warning or seeing a gun.

…that kind of retrograde bullshit plays well with the sort of would-be-warriors that seem to have a lot of money to spend on plus-sized tactical gear & like to play at being soldiers


Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day



The federal prosecutor appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to review whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents has completed his work without finding any substantive wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the matter.


Tracking Viral Misinformation Ahead of the 2020 Election


…they tend to talk about faith a lot, too…you know…like all those republicans who spent so much time this week declaring that the democrats were making the hearings all about Barrett’s faith…never mind that the democrats seemed to have decided to talk about damn near anything but that


Videos show closed-door sessions of leading conservative activists: ‘Be not afraid of the accusations that you’re a voter suppressor’


…& it might be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of god…but both stand a better chance than these wheezing “militia” morons would of not washing out of any boot camp worthy of the name…& the main thing that tells me they’re fucking morons…aside from everything they say & do…is that they don’t see how badly they’re getting played by people who don’t give a fuck about that shit because they’re in it for the money

Reports of Private White House Virus Briefings Fueled Early Stock Sell-Off

…their money

When Americans recently learned how little President Trump has paid in taxes in the past 15 years and how he benefited from financial maneuvers, it reinforced the widespread belief that the rich don’t pay their fair share. Lost in the outrage is the fact that the tax provisions that allowed Mr. Trump to trim his tax bill were probably not illegal or the results of tax schemes concocted by anti-tax legislators.
Those provisions, and many others like them, delivered exactly what their drafters intended: They are engineered to benefit certain kinds of taxpayers — and most Americans are not among them.

…that they have so much of they know damn well justice isn’t their friend…so they’re here to buy it…& this lady right here is how they get it done

In 1995, Justice Elena Kagan, then a young law professor, wrote a law review article calling Supreme Court confirmation hearings “a vapid and hollow charade.”
“The safest and surest route to the prize,” she wrote, “lay in alternating platitudinous statement and judicious silence.”

…oh, yeah…& in further “the AG is our personal attorney” news



…meanwhile…anything you might have heard about the US & Russia having reached some sort of “agreement in principle” about arms control…as you might expect when the agreement is between two men who only seem to agree on the principle that standing on principle is for suckers…is, according to the russians…in a word…”delusional”


…delusional is a good word for a lot of things, it turns out



…& while we’re at it…this is sort of not news…but the way it’s not news is still something that is apparently able to get me wound up all over again

A woman who was broadly criticized for calling police on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park during a contentious encounter in May — leading to a criminal charge against her — called police a second time and further lied that he “tried to assault” her, prosecutors alleged at her first court appearance here Wednesday.



…there’s no two ways about this…when this extremely-white-woman told that guy she would tell the police that “an african american” was “threatening her” (let alone “tried to assault her”) SHE WAS THREATENING HIM WITH ASSAULT BY PROXY WHILE EXPECTING TO BE IMMUNE TO CONSEQUENCE…in fact I don’t see a lot of daylight between that & attempted murder, frankly…certainly no more than when some asshole sics a SWAT team on someone…& from where I sit a damn sight less

…so you know what…it’s probably best I don’t watch tonight’s “entertainment”




  1. I have a real sense of foreboding about this election.  I suspect the D’s might win big, but there is going to be a whole lot of dark stuff, including violence, in the interim and maybe beyond.  These people aren’t giving up power quietly.

    • …I’m loathe to admit it but the truth is I’m pretty much right there with you

      …much like the court thing (with which there’s no small degree of overlap) they’ve been saying that’s how they see things going pretty openly for a while now…& making no end of efforts with opaque but extensive funding behind them to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy

      …for all that Biden has been leading in national polling I’m not at all relaxed about either the margins in the “battleground” state polling…or the accuracy of polling as it translates to the explicit desire to game the electoral college like they did last time

      …that it is a project explicitly founded in painting the whole process of voting for high office as illegitimate kinda terrifies me to be honest…the supporters of the project either lack an understanding of how fucked up that is (or could get) or are amoral enough to not give a fuck

      …play ugly games…win ugly prizes

      • And what of the next Republican nominee?  What if they go in the direction of a White Nationalist with half a brain and some actual political savvy?  They’ve already shown they’re not interested in representative democracy.
        With any luck, we’ve got maybe two years, maybe four, to tamp that shit down.

        • …sad but true…it’s easy to say the saving grace of the current administration is its wholesale incompetence…which is at its most virulent in the shape of their president…but the people working him are plenty smart & not in a good way

          …if they find a more palatable figure to boost it surely gets worse…& the ground they’ve been so assiduously seeding is fertile in ways I for one had hoped it couldn’t continue to be

          …so even if Biden & a slew of Dems get in this go around the route to the mid-terms is one that works better for the GOP the more fucked up they can make things

          …given what they did to Obama that’s not any kind of comfort

            • I think the most likely path is pushing someone with a sunnier disposition and a little bit of Trump skepticism (just a little) on their record and dog whistling that they will do the right (wing) thing if elected. GW Bush was that way.
              Cotton is too much of a believer – I think they go for a lightweight personality with a team of obvious Darth Vaders behind him signalling he can be trusted.

    • Wait, what?  I don’t use Twitter, so I’m not in the loop here.  Twitter didn’t actually ban Trump, right?  No way they would do that–he’s too good for their bottom line.  Did they ban a bunch of Trump trolls?

      • …I think what myo’s referring to is the bit where the press secretary re-tweeted the NYPost article that was trying to claim they had shattering news about Hunter Biden that’s turned out to be so full of holes that even facebook & twitter took steps to make it harder to share & they locked her out until she removed it

        …I think I read somewhere that she was all upset that the wording of the lockout said she was banned rather than suspended but functionally it was a suspension

        …could be wrong but I think something similar did happen with trump’s account the other day but I’d have to go hunting to verify it?

        …seems like this archive of email on a laptop Hunter Biden supposedly never collected from a repair place was created about three months shy of when someone first mentioned it to Giuliani rather than back when he had anything to do with the Burisma thing that’s supposed to be their smoking gun…so it’s looking like more of damp squib to any but the fanta-faithful?

  2. I also agree, which is why the dems need to be ready to roll with legislation on Day 1. Hard and fast,  ram it thru so the Rs head explodes. It’s high time they felt some pain and suffering for the last 6 years of their bullshit.
    And when I say pain and suffering, of course I mean things THAT ARE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY!

  3. If you listen to Trump, which I hate to do, he will almost always spill the beans.  He keeps complaining about “the ballots” and how bad they are.  The reason they hate paper ballots so much is the trail.  They know they win places that vote on machines, they are easy to hack & the companies that count them are run by hardcore GOP fucks.  They just need to make sure that we can’t actually count paper ballots by either keeping people from voting, destroying their ballots (CA. Republicans fake ballot boxes and similar plots) or finding reasons to invalidate.  This election will be the ultimate shitshow and already is in places like Georgia and Texas.  Get ready people.

  4. …that kind of retrograde bullshit plays well with the sort of would-be-warriors that seem to have a lot of money to spend on plus-sized tactical gear & like to play at being soldiers

    Welcome to Idaho. I see that shit a lot here.

    • …I had heard there was a correlation between Idaho & potatoes…didn’t think that was it but the math checks out?

      …shame they don’t stay on their couch, really

  5. ““If people took chlorine dioxide for most illnesses, few doctors would be needed and the pharmaceutical industry would be bankrupted,” she said.”
    What she neglects to say here is the REST of the sentence, “…because with people taking Chlorine Dioxide “for most illnesses,” many more people would die, and the pharmaceutical industry would be bankrupted, because there won’t BE anyone left to buy their products.
    And this is ALSO your semi-annual reminder from Emm, PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THE TEXTILE BLEACH, thank you!!!
    Because I LIKE all of y’all who are here, and I don’t want any of you poisoned.💖
    And because I can PROMISE YOU, that as someone who is Neurodivergent myself–quite possibly *on* the autism spectrum** that autism is NOT a fate worse than death!!!
    Yes, sometimes it’s HARD, and it sucks ABSOLUTE donkey balls sometimes, when it’s that kind of hard/severe!!!
    BUT DEATH IS NOT some sort of “Better” alternative here, folks!!!!!!!
    Death is still 100% DEAD–which IS eventually where drinking fabric-industry bleach WILL eventually get the human body–Severely burned on the inside, then DEAD–not just *mostly* dead, either. ALL THE WAY DEAD-DEAD.
    Do not feed the bleach to your pets. (That’s Abuse!) Do not feed the bleach to your kids (Abuse, too!). Do not feed it to your family members (Again–Abuse!!!).
    And DEFINITELY DO NOT FEED IT TO DISABLED FOLKS (Because THAT is the Abuse of a Vulnerable Minor or Vulnerable Adult!!!!!)
    Just PLEASE, stay away from the MMS/Industrial Bleach, okay?
    (**considering the fact that I am a woman who was only diagnosed three years ago, and I’ve had AMPLE time over those 41+ years to learn multiple masking techniques, AND I’ve met 3 & 4 year olds who were damn near carbon-copies of myself at that age!)

    • …that we can’t safely assume that people legally considered to be adult human beings don’t know to not drink bleach is a grievous indictment of the level of basic education we consider to be an acceptable baseline

      …I know that guardian piece was referencing a study that correlated not falling for misinformation with numerical literacy but I feel like you don’t need calculus to know that caustic liquids that can burn your skin on the outside aren’t going to do good shit to your insides?

      …either way I can happily promise not to drink bleach…or let anyone I’m anywhere near drink bleach…it turns out it’s not even that difficult a thing to promise…just difficult to understand why the hell anyone would (in either sense) swallow that shit?

      […also, we’re also fond of you (I’m just gonna go ahead & assume I can speak for the others hereabouts on that in case they don’t catch that bit themselves) so thanks for looking out for us…always appreciated]

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