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August 10, 2020

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"i wonder how the former and current Ms Trumps feel about "sleeping your way to the top" as an insult..."

They'll tell people they did it the honorable way;
they slept their way to the bottom.

Trump's suburban housewives:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2L_0bDK6tY

We get so caught up in the moment, that it's easy to lose track of long term trends. And even no so ling term ones.

Ask yourself this. 20 years ago, could you have imagined a situation where choosing a black woman as your VP running mate would be regarded as the SAFE choice??? Not the choice you made (like Ferraro or Palin) to try to pick up a lagging campaign. But the safe choice.

You do your thing, I'll do my thing.

I'll try. But sometimes, I just can't help myself. :-(

It's enough to make me go all-out Thullen

It's hard for me to think of stuff like this as anything other than a kind of belligerent, deliberate stupidity. A willful denial of basic reality.

I have no idea how you make a dent in that.

We have someone headed for Congress from GA who believes George Soros is a Nazi, participating in a secret world government that, among other things, engages in child sex trafficking.

That is clinical delusional paranoia. It is literally insane.

There is no rational argument to counter stuff like this. There is no room for compromise, no room for the give and take of ideas.

What is the middle ground between (for example) "we need a plan to transition away from fossil fuels" and "a shadow government wants to enslave us all and sell our children for sex"?

This is not a social or political movement, it is a form of collective mental illness.

I'm at a loss. I hope to see the back of Trump in November, but he's just an opportunist, riding the wave of all of this madness.

Whoever wins in November, on January 21 2021 we're all gonna wake up in a nation that is at least partly insane.

I don't really know where this all goes.

Ask yourself this. 20 years ago, could you have imagined a situation where choosing a black woman as your VP running mate would be regarded as the SAFE choice???

And it only took 230 years.

Not disparaging your comment here, just providing some context.

And it only took 230 years.

Plus, we still have a long way to go. But still, it's occasionally good to remember that we are making progress. Slow progress, admittedly. And in the midst currently, as you note, of some rather pervasive insanity. But still, progress.

Georgia does have the distinction of sending a card-carrying member of the John Birch Society to Congress. Perhaps sweet nostalgia allows one to view that as a kinder, gentler delusional paranoia.

And presumably the Russians would be less disposed towards to sending MiGs to take out our new Rep.-to-be. Is Korean Airlines still even an entity?

I suppose my view is colored by the fact that I can personally remember it being a Big Deal that we had nominated, and actually elected, a Catholic. (That would be Kennedy, for the historically challenged.) Today, the fact that Biden is Catholic only gets mentioned in the context of contrasting him to Trump's lack of religious beliefs (or even basic knowledge).

I'm betting even the evangelicals won't waste energy this election cycle being exercised by the possibility of the Pope taking over the country. But I can remember when it was, for some people, a serious concern. To the point that Kennedy found it necessary to put out a formal statement saying that he wouldn't be taking directions from the Pope.

wj, there was already some dogwhistling towards evangelicals about Biden being a papist. The bullhorn is just a matter of time. Subtlety is not Jabbabonk's strong side, so I assume that it was written for him by the usual suspects (and I would not be surprised if he mistook it for claims that Biden is an atheist (enemy of G#d).

Comments from the evangelical peanut gallery overseen on FB:

"Oh dear people, it has nothing to do with a virus at this point. If the Church of God, Body of Christ, does not wake up, stand up, repent for the sin of political agnosticism and ineffective “seeker friendly” mentality, we may loose our religious liberties all together.
The elite are peddling soft communism...."

This after one person (lifelong evangelical, missionary kid) dared to question a megachurch pastor's motivation for challenging gathering size regulations and (mildly) questioned Trump's faith.

Trump is already talking to HIS loyalists in the American military about arresting both of these retired officers the day after the election, if not before, if he loses.

If he loses, or cheats to win, these gentleman need to go underground and ready themselves to guide a savage Civil War for the future of America.

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/08/all-enemies-foreign-and-domestic-open-letter-gen-milley/167625/

Joe Biden is going to have his hands full arresting and executing deep state trump traitors and loyalists throughout the Civil Service and in the U.S. military.

And then there is the matter of what to do about, and to, the tens of millions of clinically insane trump diehards among the civilian population.

Trump today endorsed the QAnon fascist filth running for the House from a Confederate state, thereby endorsing her QAnon platform that states plainly that all Democrats, in and out of government, are raping and killing trafficked children throughout America.

I repeat: The President of the United States ... the goddamned fucking President of the United States ... is endorsing the view that the Democratic Party and its voters are raping and killing children en masse.

But not a bullet fired yet by decent conservatives to save their country from this appalling fascist conservative movement evil.

Not that I expect any sense to be made, but if Biden is a Papist, what does that make William Barr?

Vote early.

Vote often too.

Cheating to destroy Evil is patriotic.

https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/08/vote-as-early-as-you-can

One of the authors of that letter JT linked above is also the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife and is an expert in counterinsurgency.

Hat tip to DKOS for the editorial authored by those officers.

A primer on the mainstreaming of QAnon by the Republican Party right into the Oval Office.

https://www.mediamatters.org/qanon-conspiracy-theory/ongoing-list-how-republicans-have-built-qanon-conspiracy-theory

How hard can it be for intelligence services to identify this swamp-foxy, bin Laden-like, Kilroy was here individual or individuals claiming to be QAnon, and terminate them.

They could BE Intelligence operatives themselves, either current or former, long-term conservative movement deep state elite insiders, maybe even the coastal variety, assigned to sabotaging all government led by anyone other than Trump.

If they don't exist, but their growing number of hoax-believers still carry out the QAnon mission ... well, then, we're going to need mass graves.

Not that I expect any sense to be made, but if Biden is a Papist, what does that make William Barr?

As we have all observed, standards which are applied to others are simply not applied to Trump. Or his inner circle of toadies. Which is part of the reason that young evangelicals seem to be turning against their churches' leaders (as well as against Trump). Apparently they take the actual tenants of their faith seriously, unlike so many of their elders.

That is clinical delusional paranoia. It is literally insane.

it's the American conservative mythology. generations of people have been raised on this stuff, and more are falling into it every day.

my MiL, Alabama to her core, believes C19 is being put into our drugs by the Chinese (who make all our drugs, BTW), in order to weaken Trump. she didn't come up with that on her own.

One of the authors of that letter JT linked above is also the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife and is an expert in counterinsurgency.

The same issue has this editorial explaining why we do not want the military intervening to evict Trump if he refuses to leave.

For 240 years we have maintained a pretty strict policy of the military staying the hell out of domestic politics. It will be to our profound advantage to keep it that way.

Trump's term ends on January 20, 2021. Period. If there isn't a clear winner at that point, we follow order of succession and somebody else is POTUS until things are sorted out.

If Trump simply refuses to vacate the premises, we cut off his supply of hamberders and diet Cokes.

If free lance militias and/or his border patrol or prison guard dudes decide to keep him in place by force, we'll deal with that. There are other law enforcement agencies available, and many of them have guns, too. We'll see how brave those dudes are.

Military intervention should be absolutely last choice. IMO it shouldn't even be on the table.

For 240 years we have maintained a pretty strict policy of the military staying the hell out of domestic politics. It will be to our profound advantage to keep it that way.

Amen. What we need from the military is that they simply continue doing their regular jobs, working for the duly ele ted President. The only things Trump should see are 1) no Marine One on call to ferry him about, and 2) the officer with the nuclear football is gone. Beyond that, the rest of the military just ignoring him (and restraining any personnel who might be inclined not to) is sufficient. We've got plenty of civilians to deal with removing Trump.

Amen.

Seconded (or is it thirded?).

Apparently they take the actual tenants of their faith seriously, unlike so many of their elders.

Trying not to be too pedantic these days, but I'm guessing you mean "tenets".

"Military intervention should be absolutely last choice."

NO ONE wants that.

"IMO it shouldn't even be on the table."

Trump and his faithful are in full control of what gets put on the table.

He daily loads the table with awful scenarios that our imaginations only last week believed unspeakable, and every week for the last 180 weeks running has been a contemptible, disgraceful, and anti-American display with no let up in sight of the depths these scum are deliberately taking us to.

What else will be required to be brought to the table the table to destroy him and them and save the country will solely be determined by him and could well be unprecedented.

And you ain't see nothing yet.

Let's hope we don't see it.

Trying not to be too pedantic these days

particularly since my assay/essay boo-boo as noted by Janie!

Trying not to be too pedantic these days, but I'm guessing you mean "tenets".

Autocorrect is a snare and a delusion.

And it apparently didn't even notice the missing c in "ele ted". Sad!

Trump and his faithful are in full control of what gets put on the table.

No, they're not.

Either he clearly wins, clearly loses, or it's a jump ball.

If he wins, he wins. If he loses, he's out. If it's a jump ball, he's out until it's clear who won.

He can say any damned thing he likes. If nobody listens, it doesn't matter.

If he wins, he wins. If he loses, he's out. If it's a jump ball, he's out until it's clear who won.

It's the one thing that might keep Trump from extraordinary actions to contest the results. If it isn't clear by Jan 20 who won, then Trump is out (at least temporarily) and Pelosi becomes President.** Oh, the horror! Especially for Trump, who freaks out over strong women.

** In that event, what then happens when the Electoral College is sorted out? Does Pelosi lose the office? Or is it the case that, once she's in, she's it for the duration of the term? Any Constitutional lawyers, please weigh in.

Autocorrect is a snare and a delusion.

Autocorrect: trickster god of the technology pantheon. Open thread, right?

A guy gets an e-mail from his next-door neighbor: "Bob, I've been cheating on you with your wife for years. I've been feeling so guilty, I have to admit it." The guy takes out his revolver, goes down the hall, and shoots his wife dead. Before heading for the neighbor's, he checks his e-mail again: "Wifi, Bob, not wife. Damned autocorrect..."

The earliest variant I know of was The Angelic Angleworm by Fred Brown in 1943. Heaven's Linotype that records everything starts dropping an occasional "e" into the text early. So when the main character pulls an angleworm out of the bait bucket while fishing, he gets an angelworm instead, complete with little wings and halo. Things are eventually straightened out.

My Mac is set up to flag things it thinks are misspelled, but is not allowed to change them.

Military intervention should be absolutely last choice.

Highly unlikely. The greater probability is Bush v Gore on steroids and pull it out of your originalist ass by a partisan hack Supreme Court that continues the mockery of "rule by law" GOP jurisprudence.

Plan accordingly. Vote straight party Dem. no matter how bad that down ballot candidate is. Run the GOP off the face of the political earth.

Vote early. Work to get others to do the same.

Defeat them utterly and completely.

There is no alternative.

Not that I expect any sense to be made, but if Biden is a Papist, what does that make William Barr?

a facspist.

or fascpapist.

Your pick.

Not that I expect any sense to be made, but if Biden is a Papist, what does that make William Barr?

Isn't it sufficient to say he's just another mob lawyer defending his capo? (Although I admit to a temptation to outrage them both and instead say he's a gang lawyer defending el hefe.)

Isn't it sufficient to say he's just another mob lawyer defending his capo?

No, he’s more dangerous than that. He’s an accomplished bureaucrat with very little respect for the law or democracy.
He’s also a thug who sucks up to bigger thugs, but the accomplished bureaucrat bit is what makes him really damaging.

What bobbyp said @ 11.23 +11.25.

Another day, another corrupt fascist outrage on the groaning table:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/12/1968839/-Postal-Union-President-Sorting-machines-being-taken-from-post-offices-Sabotage-continues

No overtime for postal workers, and now remove time-saving technology.

By October, the ONLY American getting his mail at all will be McKinney.

Americans who get their medicines thru the mail are reporting slowdowns as well.

NOTHING is off the table.

NOTHING!


https://news.yahoo.com/atifa-website-one-america-chanel-rion-russia-004727528.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_15

The Potemkin was a battleship, too.

On which there was mutiny in 1905, and the mutineers butchered and slaughtered the ship's captain and doctor, among others.

The table creaks with unimagined possibilities.

The woman who single-handedly caused the tyrant to suspend the First Amendment and ban Tik-Tok, just got her own show on Netflix.

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/tiktok-star-who-gained-viral-fame-trump-lip-syncs-gets-n1236561

Expect First Amendment attacks by the FCC's conservative movement operatives, ordered directly from the White House subhumans, on Netflix by the beginning of next week.

Postal workers will be ordered to "lose" those red envelopes.

By September, the sorting tables themselves will be removed from post offices.

A moratorium on putting gas in the postal office's delivery truck fleet, for "budgetary reasons", will also be ordered on October 1 and many of the trucks will be taken out of operation for "unspecified" maintenance issues.

THEY have a Postmaster General directing the stealing of a Presidential election.

It's only fair that we have a few retired military Generals planning to execute them.

I'm under no illusion however, that most of the far right wing-infiltrated U.S. military will not behave in the fascist Republican Party's favor when the crunch occurs.

Watch events orchestrated by conservative movement filth in Belarus, Brazil, Hungary, and Russia for clues to Trump's actions the rest of this year.

Also monitor QAnon pronouncements for unfolding events.

They are now the White House's Press Office, not that blonde crypto-Christian piece of dog shit flashing her overbite thru which she lies like one of Falwell's stable of whores.

Trump especially appreciates China's crackdown on Hong Kong and the Uighurs as possible models for what's coming.

Expect howling silence from our conservative friends as all of this comes down.

Meanwhile, try to remain or at least appear sane. Go about your normal daily business.

I've got the crazy covered.

Well, not all of it:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/chinese-officials-say-chicken-wings-imported-from-brazil-tested-positive-for-covid-19/ar-BB17UrzQ?ocid=uxbndlbing

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-campaign-gave-youtube-ad-money-to-chinese-state-media-2020-8

We're gonna need a bigger table.

We don't know who these creatures are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5t0jRE2XEU


Battleship Potemkin, a stylised account of the mutiny, is one of the great silent films. The scene on the Odessa Steps, which didn't actually happen, ought to be a lesson to the thuggish autocrats responsible for assaulting protestors in Tiananmen Square and, less murderously, in Lafayette Square.

Incidentally, Potemkin should be pronounced 'Potyomkin'. A stressed 'e' in Russian is pronounced 'yo', cf 'Khrushchev' or 'Gorbachev'.

https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/08/trumps-war-on-social-security

We need a violent reset.

Is that your hand in my pocket or the gun I'm going to kill you with?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/financial-disclosures-reveal-postmaster-generals-business-entanglements-and-likely-conflicts-of-interest-experts-say/ar-BB17Tcqd

Yeah, I'm doing. Whose gonna stop me?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-finally-admits-hes-blocking-post-office-aid-to-sabotage-mail-in-voting-for-election?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition

Here's the choice for republican filth:

Allow voting by mail on November 3, 2020.

Or, there will voting with bullets on November 4, 2020

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-claims-biden-win-would-crash-market-cause-depression-2020-08-13?siteid=bigcharts&dist=bigcharts

Actually, the country was untaxed into Depression in 1929 and taxed out of it for the past 90 years.

Well, there were those republican smoot-hawley tariffs in 1930. Hmmmmm?

Democrats helped with the tariffs.

Trump plans an executive order putting the lead back in paint and gasoline to try and get America's IQ below his, thus enlarging his voter base.

Also mercury back in the water supply, the better to shampoo with under those old fangled high-flow shower heads.

The flushes in his new jet propulsion toilets will be so explosive that in public bathrooms you'll be splashed in the face with the Covid-19 laced feces left unflushed by conservative movement super-spreaders.

Americans who get their medicines thru the mail are reporting slowdowns as well.

Who but a Trump administration hack would deliberately take action which would be guaranteed to offend their own supporters? You know, all those old white folks in retirement communities who get their drug thru the mail. Their incompetence is perhaps the strongest weapon against them.

"Who but a Trump administration hack would deliberately take action which would be guaranteed to offend their own supporters?"

Hitler. Stalin. The Tonton Macoute?

Don Rickles?

Besides, they won't blame Trump governance.

They will blame gummit.

Keep yer cotton-pickin socialist gummint postal hands off my Medicare Part D drug deliveries!

I ordered bleach, Hydrochloriazide, and colloidal silver from Alex Jones and the government Post Office is confiscating it! Throwing it in the dumpsters out back of the Post Office! There's footage that shows it. And where the hell are my dick enlargement pills? They want us to die of the Chinese virus, which is a hoax. Die, alone, with only our tiny penises to keep us company!

HIP hip hooray and calloo callay! Trump personally manufactured a Covid-19 vaccine!

But vaccines are a government liberal conspiracy to stunt our growth while liberals order anchovies on their pizzas as they rape trafficked immigrant children, who ought to stay in their own countries and be raped by American servicemen collecting the wages of war, the natural God-given exceptional order of things.

Guns.

Ammo.

Order them thru the mail.

How to deal with COVID-19 at schools (in Georgia)

https://mikethemadbiologist.com/2020/08/13/now-we-must-assume-malevolence-not-incompetence/

"Did you beat him to death with your club?"
"No."
"But we all saw you clubbing him to death."
"Maybe. But it was a rented club, not mine."

The White House and the NRA are threatening all gun stores and gun manufacturers in the United States to deny gun and ammo sales to anyone who cannot produce a republican voter registration card or at least an autographed photo of Rand Paul f$cking a chicken, for the libertarians.

The gun stores and manufacturers figure they'll only lose 2.2% of their business.

Who but a Trump administration hack would deliberately take action which would be guaranteed to offend their own supporters? You know, all those old white folks in retirement communities who get their drug thru the mail. Their incompetence is perhaps the strongest weapon against them.

Anecdotes are not data. My wife and I -- old white folks, although not in a retirement community -- are seeing no change in the time for drug deliveries to Colorado from Kaiser's shipping point in Southern California.

I assume that DeJoy is aiming his actions at disrupting vote-by-mail for Democrats in the swing states that Trump won last time. Places where voters still have to request an absentee ballot even if they don't have to give an excuse now, which largely lack drop boxes, so three trips through the mail are required. If that's the intent, there should be a clear pattern of yanking sorting equipment from inner city post offices in the extended Rust Belt.

I fear my imagination is failing. While slashing overtime hours to cut costs is bull, it's at least an excuse related to cost cutting. But I'm failing to come up with an excuse which would cover removing automatic sorting machines. It's not like you could sell them used to someone....

Hartmut, schools:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/desantis-school-reopening-killing-osama-bin-laden

He's right.

But which children get to be bin Laden? Or will it be their parents or grandparents with the kidney problems.

Lou Holtz: "We stormed Normandy!" Play Ball!"

I believe German machine gun nests above Normandy Beach took out the entire front lines of the Notre Dame and University South Carolina football teams before they could hit the surf leaving their landing crafts.

The quarterbacks stepped into the pocket and were blown to bloody smithereens by landmines.

Holtz: Vichy France.

"Anecdotes are not data."

They are in elections.

Us awaiting clear patterns to appear is what they are counting on.

Flood the zone with sh*t, and then wait for we liberals to await clear patterns of sh8ttiness.

"It's not like you could sell them used to someone...."

Kushner has a plan to lease them back to the Post Office after Trump wins at a tidy monthly profit.

It's not like you could sell them used to someone....

Let's see... process large collections of envelopes at high speed, pattern recognition on hand-written stuff, sort them into a number of output categories. Over at my county recorder's office there are a pair of machines that do exactly that with returned ballots. I understand the envelope-handling and image scanning machinery is the hardest part of that.

Distribution of ballots by mail is happening in the West regardless, even if most are returned through drop boxes. There's a market for machines to verify signatures and sort envelopes. Could be a lot of demand for refurbished machines with new software.

Over at my county recorder's office there are a pair of machines that do exactly that with returned ballots. I understand the envelope-handling and image scanning machinery is the hardest part of that.

Fair enough. But does anybody think the Postmaster General is selling them to any place that processes Absentee Ballots?

But does anybody think the Postmaster General is selling them to any place that processes Absentee Ballots?

I think that after November, he'll sell them to anyone. The gambit -- assuming it's a gambit -- will either succeed or fail by then. With my conspiracy theorist hat on, I point out that if the USPS is dismantled and distributing ballots "by mail" means paying UPS or FedEx rates for local delivery, there won't be any vote-by-mail ballots to process.

Trotsky speaks about Stalin:

https://disloyalthebook.com/download-the-disloyal-foreword-written-by-michael-cohen/

Or maybe it's Nicholas Peleggi.


And here we go again:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kamala-harris-vice-president-eligibility-birther-conspiracy-trump-campaign/

It will never cease unless by violence.


I am not generally a big AOC fan. But this was brilliant:
https://mobile.twitter.com/AOC/status/1293914113266126848

Four fires burning up in the mountains here, the biggest up to 75,000 acres and still growing. Today's weather in my suburb was "patchy smoke"; tomorrow's is "areas of smoke". 4:35 and the sun is orange. Another hour and it will be a red ball you can look at with the naked eye. My daughter lives farther north and says they have pyrocumulus clouds and a bit of ash in the air. I-70 is closed by one of the fires. When they closed the interstate, Google Maps routed thousands of vehicles onto 4x4 mountain dirt roads before the sheriffs got those closed.

Okay, optimistic there. 4:41 and it's a red ball you can look at with the naked eye.

Pushing, if not setting, temperature records here. But so far, the vegetation fires have been small and contained quickly. That won't last, but every day we manage to get thru this time of the year is a plus.

It seems the Postal Service has warned 46 states that they may not be able to deliver ballots in a timely manner this fall.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/usps-states-delayed-mail-in-ballots/2020/08/14/64bf3c3c-dcc7-11ea-8051-d5f887d73381_story.html **

Interestingly, one of the states being warned is Florida. It would be karmic of one of the ballots which doesn't get delivered in time is Trump's.

** In fairness, it should be pounted out that this happened before the current Postmaster General took office. He's made things worse, but the effort was under weigh before he arrived.

To wj's 8:03...

I speak only to the western VBM states, but none are worse than "narrow warning" and that warning is almost certainly relative to rural areas that vote overwhelmingly Republican. In the western states likely to be important this year, messing with the mail is much more likely to hurt Gardner, McSally, and Trump in Arizona than to hurt any of the Democrats.

I often claim that the national Republicans have failed to realize that (a) they are losing the West and (b) that's important. Of course, I often claim that the national Democrats have failed to realize that (a) they are winning the West more generally than California and (b) that's important.

RIP Julian Bream, whose classical guitar playing was the only thing that persuaded my stuffy girls' boarding school to allow guitar lessons. Here he is playing a Bach Prelude in D. Sorry about the weird distortion in the middle (about 1.55), nobody seems to know what it was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqZNcul42Z4

Manchin grows a tongue:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/he-shouldnt-even-be-there-to-begin-with-manchin-says-of-trumps-postmaster-general

1-70 to and from the West Slope has now been closed for going on five days because of wildfires.

Many US mail trucks, the big ones, travel that route.

I don't see any reason why an arson dry run shouldn't be suspected.

The media the subhuman vermin conservative movement always wanted, and designed, is now in place to support and propagandize for genocide against the Others in the United States and around the world by a fascist murderous, lawless government.

https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/who-are-those-weirdos/

We need more guns and no taxes at all.

I often claim that the national Republicans have failed to realize that (a) they are losing the West and (b) that's important.

May it be so.

Of course, I often claim that the national Democrats have failed to realize that (a) they are winning the West more generally than California and (b) that's important.

Thank you for calling it to our attention.

RIP Julian Bream

Thank you for this, and for the beautiful link.

When words fail or are insufficient, music tells the story.

I'm so glad you liked it, russell. You have shared so many wonderful musical experiences, to our (all our) great benefit.

Ran across this post on LinkedIn:

Dear Jeff Bezos,

Your personal wealth has grown exponentially during this crisis.

Your company is renowned for being able to deliver anywhere in the US, and also for paying ZERO taxes -- which is in large part why you are now the world's wealthiest man.

Amazon should volunteer to deliver all Americans' #MailInBallots

No idea whether there is the slightest truth to the statement about Amazon's taxes. But consider Trump's reaction if Bezos (who he already hates) was to volunteer Amazon for this, in the absence of USPS capability.

I'm certain the conservative movement will be ready for that eventuality and has the myriad thickets of legal horseshit regarding postal law ready to go to tie that up in the courts for roughly 200 years.

Enough time to have almost seven consecutive Thirty Years wars, as we cool our heels until Trump is done fucking with us.

Good. More of this.

Trump has made the world as ungovernable, volatile, and explosive as possible.

Ka-boom!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/15/1969529/-Humiliated-on-Iran-America-has-never-suffered-a-UN-defeat-like-this

More of this

The UN defeat can hardly be a surprise.

Regardless of the issue, at this point, the only times the US will get international agreement on anything will be when a majority of the other parties already want it. And even then, if the Trump administration is pushing for it, they might decide to say no to something that they basically favor.

More Bream. I do appreciate Dowland and other Early Modern composers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkkRKO7C6HI

Good thing this is an open thread. This says it all about this year
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4znKUAMFY9A

He's the Artistic Advisor at the US National Symphony Orchestra. But he was traveling and he's been stuck in Australia since covid hit.

An absolutely fascinating article on the convergence we have sometimes talked about between far left (in this case the Revolutionary Communist Party and their descendants) and the far or Brexit-supporting right, including the extraordinary fact that a mouthpiece of the old RCP, Spiked, has received funding from the Koch brothers. It's almost entirely about the UK, but should be of interest anyway, I think. Anyone up for it should be sure to read to the bottom, despite weird spacing etc.

https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2019/07/27/the-rcps-long-march-from-anti-imperialist-outsiders-to-the-doors-of-downing-street/

That is an amazing article. GftNC.

Potemkin village, indeed.

We really don't know who these conservative movement actors are, do we?

Too bad the likes Joseph McCarthy, Ayn Rand, and Joseph Welch aren't around any longer to expose the Soviet long-game roots of the entire malign western conservative movement.

Oh, wait, they were Soviet plants as well, weren't they, to divide and conquer America.

What exactly was Koch senior doing canoodling with Stalin AND Hitler during the 1930s.

For someone who has listened to conservative filth accuse Martin Luther King and every fucking mainstream liberal of communist infiltration all my life, this is so much fucking fun.

So, how does Trump's upcoming pardon of Snowden fit this picture?

I'm ambivalent about Snowden. Like and don't like.

Looks like I'm going to have make up my mind soon.

Murdoch:

https://news.yahoo.com/little-brown-girl-australian-biden-100250193.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_15

Poisonous hateful racism fomented on how many continents?

Aren't the Murdoch kids second generation imported refuse?

Aren't the Murdoch kids second generation imported refuse?

Yup. And originally from Australia, too. Probably a fan of the "white Australia" policy, back in the day.

I hate to drive this thread straight into the gutter, but WT actual F?!?

My mind, it is boggled. Probably not for the last time.

Hey, maybe they will all follow his example. It might improve the quality of the gene pool going forward.

At minimum, it might increase support for universal health care in a demographic where it is currently a bit thin.

What Trump can and will do:

https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/wtf-are-peads/

What Trump can and will do

He can try it on. He can probably count on support from some parts of government.

But I don't think people will put up with it. Some will be fine with it, some won't really care unless it actually bites them on the @ss, but a lot of people won't put up with it.

If he really takes it to the mat, I figure Trump can count on about 30% of the population. I don't think that's enough to make crap like martial law etc. stick.

Especially not Trump. A hell of a lot of people really, really, really dislike him and want him out.

We'll see.

I'll also say that this is just another reason why we should have turned creeps like John Yoo over the Hague when we had the chance.

They won't stop until they're made to stop.

we should have turned creeps like John Yoo over [to] the Hague

It would still be a good idea. With no statute of limitations on war crimes, better late than never.

In fact, it might be worthwhile (in a Biden administration's copious free time) if we finally joined the ICC.Not my top priority for them, but definitely on the ToDo list.

Aren't the Murdoch kids second generation imported refuse?

Though in regard to the Murdoch's, I found this from a while back interesting.

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/31/897929181/james-murdoch-quits-family-media-empire-after-disagreements

The general consensus was that it was over climate change, but I hope that the noxious racism was also a problem for him. baby steps, I guess.

In fact, it might be worthwhile (in a Biden administration's copious free time) if we finally joined the ICC.Not my top priority for them, but definitely on the ToDo list.

Priority list for me:

1 Rejoin Paris Accord
2 Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (we are the sole nation state not to have done so).
3 Join the ICC

Number two would be guaranteed to send the parental rights home school crowd deep into apocalyptic ramblings and ammo stockpiling.

I may be being too cynical, but FWIW I don't think James Murdoch quit over a matter of principle. I think he is playing dynastic chess, but even if I'm right I'm not sure how successful it's likely to be.

Making a wishlist for a (DV) Biden administration is an excellent idea. I may submit mine tomorrow, if it's still a thing. Good night all.

https://digbysblog.net/2020/08/the-crazy-metastisizes/

Look what the subhuman conservative movement has done.

What took Marla Maples so long to show up, the scum.

What is it this guy has?

The Spanish Armada, deplorable traitor Hegseth sez:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fox-news-host-compares-trump-boat-parade-to-the-spanish-armada-theres-only-one-problem-2020-08-16

It's amazing to me how trump's hair is so much more scalp-worthy than Custer's.

See, massive ignorance of history can lead one to correctness. However accidentally. In this case, the Fox news guy may well be right -- Trump's coming triumph may be much like the Spanish Armada's success. I believe the phrase is "down in flames."

I've picked my election night indicator for an absolute landslide. (Not just a Biden win, but a landslide.) It's 1 AM Eastern time, which is about the time I'll be getting home from working the polls here in California, and the networks are saying Alabama is still in the undecided column. Here's hoping.

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/511356-is-belarus-russias-future

Some surprising numbers in here:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/16/politics/cnn-poll-biden-trump-august/index.html

However, not surprising I think, it supports the ham sandwich theory.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/irelands-tourism-chief-resigns-after-he-takes-a-trip-to-italy-despite-the-government-advising-people-to-vacation-at-home-2020-08-15?siteid=bigcharts&dist=bigcharts

We may have to invert .. turn it upside down ... Murray and Herrnstein's Bell Curve, just as we needs do with all bullshit conservative movement statistical curves, like the Laffer Curve, to get a more accurate take on how truly bumf*ck stupid we white people are, generally speaking, compared to the more enlightened races.

I wonder if he took his wife AND his girlfriend AND his boyfriend to the Italian beaches as well, thinking, gosh, who's gonna know.

it supports the ham sandwich theory

ham sandwich or shit sandwich, take your pick.

there's no accounting for taste.

Across 15 battleground states, the survey finds Biden has the backing of 49% of registered voters, while Trump lands at 48%.

From Marty's CNN link. Dear God, rarely has it ever been so perfectly illustrated that those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.

It's been a week since Iowa was devastated by a hurricane. The governor has been begging the White House for a disaster declaration. This, after all, is what FEMA is for. Yet for days . . . silence

Indeed, it was looking like Trump had decided Iowa was a blue state, and so should get bupkis. But just minutes ago, he finally tweeted a disaster declaratiob. (Bureaucracy note: does that even count? Or will Iowa discover that they got the image of help, but not the legally required forms to get the reality?)

There are not quite three months left between now and the election. It's entirely possible that Trump could win.

If that scares the crap out of you, let that motivate you.

Support for Trump puzzles the hell out of me, but the folks I find hardest to understand and accept are the people who think he's a flaming asshole and a crap POTUS, but who can't motivate themselves to do anything about it.

If you think the last four years have been a train wreck, another four years of Trump would only be worse.

The man is a pathological menace. The nation is profoundly diminished by his presence in office.

Across 15 battleground states, the survey finds Biden has the backing of 49% of registered voters, while Trump lands at 48%.

but all those national polls show Biden cruising to a double-digit landslide !

Across 15 battleground states, the survey finds Biden has the backing of 49% of registered voters, while Trump lands at 48%.

Candidates are tied in states where candidates are tied! News at eleven!

Yes, that's one way of looking at it. But I took it to signify that where opinion was equally divided before the Trump presidency, opinion is still equally divided despite the incontrovertible evidence of its incompetence, corruption and general disastrousness. A development in a way, although not of the sort which makes much sense.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/teletracking-claims-nda-on-trump-admin-contract-baffling-senators-and-experts

All republican party government in America must be overthrown with savage violence.

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