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October 02, 2020

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Prednisone tapers are God's gift to RA patients. Every few years they change my medicine which requires missing doses. They give me a 7or 5 day taper and I have the best two days. Then its downhill. A 10 day taper would make my year for sure.

Herman Cain, the only corpse known to suffer from posthumous Stockholm Syndrome, sends his prayer and wishes to his murderers:

https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/10/barrett-nomination-hearings-officially-set-for-next-monday-through-thursday

We're going to have to change those wanted posters to "Wanted Dead and Even Deader!"

oh yeah, hey Ugh!

my dad avoids the taper by getting prednisone from all of his Drs at the same time.

and he won't take anything else.

he's the worst patient ever.

The White House is now thoroughly contaminated with Covid-19, a deadly pandemic.

The current subhuman chimpanzee inhabitants are deliberately spreading their diseased feces and sputum and in every lavatory, on every surface, in every bed, in every drawer and closet, and in the galley, especially preparing the space for the new inhabitants next February.

Joe Biden's first order of business is to condemn the White House and order its demolition with explosives.

Save money by not hiring Ecolab to disinfect the place and never set foot in it.

Send the bill for the damages and the worth of the historical structure evenly split between the Trump Organization and the Republican National Committee.

If they refuse to repay, send Navy Seals and Special Forces after them to exact payment in flesh and blood.

The White House has not contacted to warn or perchance APOLOGIZE to the many people, workers, caterers, reporters, etc, who attended the Coney Barrett Christian vermin spreadathon, as even civilized dogs and crocodiles wearing trousers might think to.

Some of those humans are reporting they were infected by the subhumans as well.

I don't think Jim Jones let his cult members know either about the contents of the Koolaid they were sipping in his honor.

A Murderous Cult.

Why the calm?

Why not savage, killing violence?

There is evidence that RBG's vigilant clerks had been tipped off that there was a trump conservative movement plot afoot to kidnap her remains and the subsequent issuance of an executive order making it a felony to congregate and mourn her passing publicly, so they acted.

"Joe Biden's first order of business is to condemn the White House and order its demolition with explosives.

Save money by not hiring Ecolab to disinfect the place and never set foot in it."

Nonsense. Just tent the place and fill the tent with the gas that they use to kill off an infestation of termites (the non-subterranean ones that they get in hot climates).

Best to act quickly, before things get out of control. So how about, Thursday? Is Thursday good for everyone?

More stuff for the writers' room

via LGM
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/10/don-jr-thinks-trump-is-acting-crazy-presidents-covid-joyride-has-family-divided

Ok, now, the flaky pushy son starts to exhibit concern while the ones people believe have a little more sense go all in on the kool-aid

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/05/politics/trump-secret-service-trip/index.html

The script writes itself

Dr. Leana Wen, an ER physician and CNN medical analyst, tweeted that if Trump were her patient, "in unstable condition + contagious illness, & he suddenly left the hospital to go for a car ride that endangers himself & others: I'd call security to restrain him then perform a psychiatric evaluation to examine his decision-making capacity."

Make sure the actors can do the medspeak!
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/trumps-moment-of-reckoning-arrives/616620/

The president’s symptoms, including high fever and fluctuating oxygen levels for which he received supplemental oxygen, combined with the measures being taken by his medical team—including prescribing remdesivir and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid used in a wide range of conditions for its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant effects that can have psychiatric side effects

Don't forget to have the minor character in the cold open say something that can be twisted into Cassandra like foreknowledge.

https://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2020/04/looking-for-death.html

Why not switch the oxygen for ozone? "Mr.President, we have this special oxygen made just for you with 3 atoms instead of merely 2."

Why not switch the oxygen for ozone?

Because you really don't want Trump dead or long-term disabled before Election Day. That's probably the Republicans' best chance for victory via a sympathy vote. Exactly who would get sworn in as a result come January isn't crystal clear. But Trump, Pence, or someone similar? All horrible.

The ideal, from the Democrats' point of view, is Trump obviously, visibly, very sick. But well enough to insist on staying in charge, and have his bodyguard of syncophants acquiesce. Combined, if possible, with enough ill (or worse) Republican senators that the Senate cannot do anything on a pary line vote.

It doesn't stop, ever:

https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/10/trump-administration-overrules-fdas-vaccine-approval-protocols

No more FDA, no more CDC, no more science if Trump and millions of his filth are not removed from the face of the Earth.

He will be personally approving all new drugs going forward. Cancer cures, diabetes miracle pills, and nostrums for the flu will be sold out of vans down by the river by maskless low-quality shitheads.

All medicines approved in the United States will be required to carry the trump name so we know who our Daddy is.

Bill Bennett, the lout of virtue, who somehow has not been shot in the head after all these decades of horseshit, is telling us, approvingly in his stentorian slot machine speech, that Trump will double down on the message that the pandemic is nothing, the virus is a hoax, Biden is a sniveling pussy for wearing a mask.

Bennett is noting Trump's mighty animal spirits, which is what subhuman conservatives tell you just before they shove their big swinging dicks up your arse.

They are most definitely animals.

Put them down.

I want a Supreme Court that declares bullets in motion are protected God-given speech

Welp, John Calhoun to the rescue of the vermin confederate subhuman election-stealing Republican Party:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-case-for-minority-obstructionism/

We know who requires a travel ban.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/5/1983698/-At-least-3-businesses-in-North-Carolina-close-for-deep-cleaning-following-Ivanka-Trump-s-visit

Confine them to the White House and then move them to solitary confinement in a concentration camp.

If they cross a state line, shoot them on sight.

The Chinese Flu never had it so good.

It found it's perfect host and vector.

Out with the pangolins and in with subhuman republican murderers, sez the virus in its planning meetings.

He's the best fascist bag of shit President we've ever had:

https://digbysblog.net/2020/10/trumpish-tragedy-and-farce/

As he breathes, he kills.

As he shits, he kills.

As he speaks, he kills.

As he coughs, he kills.

Lepers pine for his freedom-loving ways.

We could have avoided all of this if Hillary Clinton hadn't died of lung cancer and advanced syphilis three weeks before the 2016 Presidential election.

Conservatives tried to tell us she was lying about the severity of her symptoms, but no, we wouldn't listen.

We thought we knew better, but we were blinded by hypocrisy, Marxism, metrosexual terror and high deductibles.

Hi cleek!

When your go-to guy is John Calhoun, you know you've lost the plot.

rural areas have two to three times as much representation in the U.S. Senate as do large urban cities, despite the two areas containing about an equal number of voters.

so we're not really talking about "tyranny of the majority" here. we're talking about conservatives breaking stuff if they don't get their way.

there isn't a good long-term outcome to that.

what doesn't seem to occur to all of the people complaining about the overwhelming power of scary people who live in big cities, is that the Electoral College is what makes the scary people in big cities powerful.

electorally, CA is a proxy for LA and SF. NY is a proxy for NYC. MA, for Boston.

TX is on its way to being a proxy for Houston and Dallas. AZ, for Phoenix. CO, for Denver. FL, for Miami and Orlando.

want to preserve the voice of rural voters? get rid of the electoral college.

then every vote gets counted.

538 says half the people in this country live in rural areas. if their votes actually got counted, maybe they'd get more attention.

Is that what passes for learned commentary on the right?

What DeRensis actually wants, and what Trump and McConnell want, is the same as what Calhoun wanted - a tyranny of the minority. There was no other way to sustain slavery, just as there's now no other way to bestow ever more power and wealth on the rich.

TX is on its way to being a proxy for Houston and Dallas.

At which point, a Republican Electoral College win becomes essentially impossible. Then we may see a Constitutional amendment to get rid of it. The question being, can we make it happen this time, and speed the day?

538 says half the people in this country live in rural areas.

US Census dept says it's 19%.

they define rural as "not urban". and they define urban as:

  • Urbanized Areas" have a population of 50,000 or more.
  • "Urban Clusters" have a population of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000.

so, if you live in a community with more than 2,500 people, you're urban!

which seems crazy. but they've used that definition since 1950.

the comments there are unusually smart, for TAC.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/10/06/trump-coronavirus-mask-doctors/

Does it occur to anybody else that, thanks to Trump and McConnell, the GOP may be looking at a significant die off of those members who actually make up the party? In the White House. In the Senate -- both senators and Republican staff members. And also in the capitals of Republican-led states.

It's probably trite, but "Darwinism in action" comes to mind. All those years of denying science are coming home to roost.

if you live in a community with more than 2,500 people, you're urban!

which seems crazy. but they've used that definition since 1950.

Once they get the 2020 census done (say in another year or so), perhaps the Census Bureau can consider bringing their definitions into the 21st century.

It's probably trite, but "Darwinism in action" comes to mind.

Karmavirus knows what it likes.

NOM NOM NOM, MAGAts.

Once they get the 2020 census done (say in another year or so), perhaps the Census Bureau can consider bringing their definitions into the 21st century.

They change the definition of rural pretty much every census. I still remember the one from 1990: don't live within 25 miles of a town/city with 25,000 people.

If the census works as Jabbabonks and his henchbeings intend, there will be only cities in rural areas left in the official statistics. California and NYC will be declared uninhabited wastelands with a few purely red isles spread across the map. And the Bundy ranch will acquire statehood.

Trump, Oct 2, 2014, ranting about people knowingly spreading a disease:

The Ebola patient who came into our country knew exactly what he was doing. Came into contact with over 100 people.Here we go-I told you so!

TX is on its way to being a proxy for Houston and Dallas. AZ, for Phoenix. CO, for Denver. FL, for Miami and Orlando.

I won't speak to the others, but Denver only if you mean the Front Range urban corridor. Most of the growth in absolute terms has been outside of Denver proper. The cities at the ends of the corridor -- Colorado Springs 60 miles south of Denver and Fort Collins 60 miles north are good-sized cities in their own right and growing at ridiculous rates.

Full disclosure: I'm in the process of moving from one of the large Denver suburbs to Fort Collins. Not because it's less expensive -- it's not -- but the granddaughters live there.

I'd guess Phoenix = Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Peoria, and a bunch of other places on the order of Goodyear or Apache Junction.

Trump decides to hold the economy hostage.

President Trump said Tuesday that he was withdrawing from economic relief talks until after the election, abruptly ordering Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to stop negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

...

“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hard-working Americans and Small Business,” Trump wrote.

remember how Obama the Marxist tyrant was so arrogant and thought everything was about him?

good times.

Denver only if you mean the Front Range urban corridor.

Generally: states that have a mix of urban and rural populations end up being a proxy for their more urban populations.

Rural people would, in my opinion, have a stronger voice in national government without the Electoral College than with it.

People in predominantly rural *states* might not. So, maybe not a good deal for WY and VT.

But rural *people* would likely come out ahead.

Also, people like (for example) my sister, who lives in a city (Phoenix) but doesn't espouse "big city values".

A million people in MA voted for DJT in 2016. Basically, the middle of the state and a big chunk of the state between Boston and the Cape. That's about 1 in 3 people who voted in MA, the alleged bluest of blue states.

Those folks might as well have stayed home.

My first thought was that Trump thinks he is buying votes. That is, people will vote for him in order to get the stimulus package passed.

And he may not be entirely wrong. In that, after he loses, McConnell may refuse to pass the package during the post-election session, on the grounds that it would help President Biden.

I wonder which doctor will take responsibility for cutting off Trump's dexamethasone supply when (if) he recovers. I can't see the quack who's been lying for him having the courage.

I wonder which doctor will take responsibility for cutting off Trump's dexamethasone supply when (if) he recovers.

At least we're probably only on the hook for it until Jan 20. Then it's just a matter of who in the private sector will sell it to him on (bad) credit. That's assuming Medicare refuses to pay for it . . . which it shouldn't.

RIP EVH. FU 2020.

McConnell may refuse to pass the package during the post-election session, on the grounds that it would help President Biden.

sounds like a tall tree / short rope situation.

I strongly disagree with the argument that one sort of voter is swamped by another sort. Every small district, whether in town or country, is massively outvoted by the rest of the state, but voters are individuals, not eusocial insects.

It's fantastically unlikely that anyone's vote will swing a presidential election, unless they're on the Supreme Court. So should we all, excepting Supreme Court Justices, stay at home?

No we should not. Our vote may have no chance of changing the outcome, but nevertheless we vote, because democracy is precious.

Trump is beginning the deliberate and evil burning down of the economy and the markets and his vermin conservative movement Orcs will blame the prospect of the Marxist, Muslim, Radical terrorist, chink-loving ham sandwich Joe Biden for the swoon.

The both sides types will be along soon to blame it on us.

Yup, fuck 2020.

We may have to fuck 2021 because we are at war.

but voters are individuals, not eusocial insects.

Precisely my point.

The government will be shut down until the Inauguration when Trump scuttles all budget talks scheduled for early December.

The Republican Party and trump will attempt to declare the current debt limit null and void as well to plunge the country into financial chaos by refusing to pay the bills.

Social Security checks and Medicare payments will be halted by the Republican Party and Vladimir Trump.

They'll rape, pillage and torch the landscape like any subhuman army of malign Evil.

There will be massively savage killing violence.

If Trump wins the election, and he sounds fucking confident that he has all of the corruption in place in key states and ready to go to steal it outright, what I just described will be child's play compared to what these subhumans will do if they remain in power and wreak vengeance on their enemies.

After all, they have the Russian Orthodox punishing God on their side*:

https://www.christiancentury.org/article/features/unexpected-relationship-between-us-evangelicals-and-russian-orthodox

*They are permitted sexual threesomes and secret abortion clinics as long as their hate for us is maintained.

So far in the tank that Trump can't even satisfy their malign murderous evil:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/hydroxychloroquine-advocates-are-pissed-trumps-not-taking-it-for-covid

I'd just recently went for a VH re-listen to see if I could get a better appreciation for what they did. As a teen in the '80s they were an inescapable part of the musical landscape, but so much of their larger-than-life status was an effect of the time.

I don't think Eddie will ever be one of my guitar heroes, but his rhythm playing on those first few albums, overshadowed as they were by his era-defining solos, were simple and tasteful and catchy as hell.

Generally: states that have a mix of urban and rural populations end up being a proxy for their more urban populations.

I always make a point of separating urban into urban and suburban, then argue that most states go blue or red based on their suburbs. NJ is a blue state because the suburbs vote blue. Colorado is an overwhelmingly suburban state and has shifted from red to blue because the suburbs shifted. Texas is -- so far -- a red state because its suburbs vote red. My friends there tell me that the shift that is apparently happening in Texas is almost exclusively a suburban thing. The AP ran a piece about the Phoenix suburbs shifting.

With tongue only partially in cheek, I have said for many years that the Democrats need to be careful about embracing people who say the suburbs are an abomination that must be destroyed.

...but voters are individuals, not eusocial insects.

Indeed. But large groups have statistical properties that can be discussed. Not Harry Seldon psychohistory sorts of properties, but still... Why did the west Denver suburbs make a big shift towards Democrats starting in the 2005-06 timeframe? At least part of it was they got environmental religion. They spent a week sweeping forest fire ash off their decks and cars. The Republicans had no answer to questions about forest management and climate change.

An interesting side question to that is to note that the national Democratic Party missed it completely. When Udall was up for re-election in 2014, huge amounts of (D) PAC money poured into the state, all of it spent on abortion/birth control. If they had spent any money on the proper environmental slant, Udall would have won, instead of giving us six years of Cory Gardner. Gardner's big campaign buy this year? Gardner as the champion of managing environmental responsibility. I don't think it will work, but the Hickenlooper campaign isn't spending nearly enough effort on it.

but his rhythm playing on those first few albums, overshadowed as they were by his era-defining solos, were simple and tasteful and catchy as hell.

totally.

and it's as much a part of his unique style as the solos. but it's the part that nobody tried to (poorly) imitate.

I always make a point of separating urban into urban and suburban, then argue that most states go blue or red based on their suburbs.

Makes sense.

And then, if the 'burbs in a state vote red, thus taking the state as a whole red, it's the blue voters who might as well stay home.

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign just made a big ad buy in Florida (unsurprising), Arizona (ditto), and . . . Texas(!). If they're seriously spending money there, things are going better than I realized.

Perhaps they are basing their optimism on this. Trump just shut down the stimulus package. Without it, a lot of airlines are going to be doing big layoffs. And Dallas, the only sort-of red metro area in Texas, is home of Southwest Airlines and a major hub.

Senator Cornyn may be feeling a cold party-ticket breeze. Heartbreaking.

Speaking of Hari Seldon: Asimov wrote a short story Franchise in which elections are decided by a single voter, chosen by ingenious algorithms to be exactly the median.

In any election under any system there's a median block of voters which decides the election (this year in the USA it looks like it will be in Pennsylvania). Talk of a particular area being electorally dominated by some large part of it rather misses this overall point.

Electoral systems should be fair in the sense that everyone's vote carries about the same weight. (That is, they should be if your objective is to operate a democracy: if instead you want to elect fascists you'd prefer a different system, as does the Republican Party.) They can't possibly be fair in the sense that everyone can be the swing vote.

Kamala Harris should also renege on the agreement and carry a loaded weapon on to the debate stage for self-defense against republican superspreading murderers:

https://juanitajean.com/sure-mike-we-trust-you/

If there is an Ebola outbreak in America, the subhumans will rush toward their trump republican gods to be exposed and gleefully hemorrhage into the faces of innocent Americans.

Infect me, oh Donald, oh Mike, please, my profit-loving God, infect us so that we may infect our fellow man!

We are in the hands of malignant, murderous evil. The hands of subhuman fake American Christianity whose minions will kill for their corrupt, ruthless faith.

The Founders left us unprepared for this brand of Evil and their words are useless, unless we believe the British were a Zombie invasion.

In the spirit of both sides so it, Joe Biden should scrap the mission of the National Institutes of Health and the CDC and the FDA to encourage via death advisories heart disease, cancer, diabetes among the filth in the conservative movement.

The government could distribute free Camel unfiltered cigarettes contaminated with the polio and smallpox viruses to their 80 million marks below the scum line.

Up with lead poisoning and syphilis for their fetuses, pre- and post-.

Condoms, schmondoms. Go ahead, swallow, bitches! Enjoy that bareback threesome with Jesus!

"Only a pussy gets vaccinated" should be the CDC messaging for obese subhuman white conservatives.

It's what's for dinner in asshole America.

If we think of our votes as bullets, it will be so much more satisfying:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-sessions-told-federal-prosecutors-we-need-to-take-away-children-in-2018?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition

Unfortunately, only single-shot ballots are distributed among us, if even that under the new election stealing rule of subhuman conservative law. No semi-automatic or automatic votes permitted.

Execute all of them.

Re: swing state, etc.

Lo, these many years ago, there was a very close election in which my vote was one in a smallish district. Initial count had the R up by ~20. Recount the D won by 6-ish. One of those votes was MINE.

This was for a seat in the state house of reps, and that one seat flipped the house from R to D, first time in many many decades.

The odds for an individual voter to have that large an impact is low, but so are the odds of winning the lottery. Yet it happens.

I refuse to buy lottery tickets, though.

David Brooks hits some nails on the head, albeit with a conservative elite and scholarly foam hammer, for what he misses is that the consequences he condemns are largely the result of multi-decades-long, radical political and faux-intellectual strategy by the vermin.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/collapsing-levels-trust-are-devastating-america/616581/

I mean, he sat in rooms with William Barr and company for 40 years.

Didn't he hear what the subhuman louts were saying?

The conservative movement has put "Disruption" at the head of the list.

Well, here we are.

The Zone .... it is full.

The conservative movement goes full hitman:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/7/1984168/-Morning-Digest-Bogus-attack-ads-leading-to-death-threats-for-Democrats-The-NRCC-just-loves-em

America is as Chekhov described the art of play writing.

The scriptwriter placed a gun above the mantelpiece.

Gee, I wonder what the ending will be?

I'd just recently went for a VH re-listen to see if I could get a better appreciation for what they did.

I compiled a list of their greatest non-hits. Some of their best songs, at least from the standpoint of someone who's into metal, got little to no airplay. My list is exclusively from the DLR-fronted material. Van Hagar is verboten.

I wonder what worldwide thermonuclear war with China and Russia will look like conducted by our diseased leadership via Zoom, while the rest of us get to experience it in person:

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a34291492/joint-chiefs-quarantine-covid-19/

The last of the nuclear arms treaties Trump has pulled America out of expires for good in January, replacing it with the 90 minutes he spent years ago "studying" the matter, of which he knows all there is to know and more than anyone.

I'm sure Trump is already planning with Putin to make life a threatening nuclear Hellscape for Biden and the rest of us.

I love the smell of hypersonically-delivered nuclear warheads just about any time of the day.

You know that thing Trump devised to deliver us personal national security messages directly from his fingertips to each of us on our cellphones some time back?

It's now programmed to go only to conservative phones in red states.

Trump has already convinced Putin to re-target
Russia's land- and sea-based nuclear arsenal at blue liberal hotspots in America.

We commies and liberal nigger fag slime in blue states will be as Lieutenant Slothrup in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow", while the Covid-infested red states live in, choking on their own pandemic sputum.

We liberals be alerted by what's up only when the tippy-tip of the missile makes contact with our foreheads.

Yever notice how conservatives readily don a bullet-proof vest at the drop of a hat, but consider a medical face mask to be inconvenient at all times.

Aim for their heads.

Expect subhuman conservative courts to challenge the validity of her ballot because it didn't make direct contact with her own hand as she placed it in the post box, which itself contains a paper shredder.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/retired-102-year-old-chicago-teacher-dons-hazmat-suit-to-cast-her-ballot-by-mail-2020-10-05?siteid=bigcharts&dist=bigcharts

A merely electorally defeated republican party is not an adequate outcome if America is to move forward:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/of-self-sucker-punches-and-bust-outs

They must be destroyed.

We're done. We aren't playing this fucking bait and switch game anymore.

What a 6–3 Supreme Court Could Do
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/america-will-be-michigan-soon/616635/
Michigan is a preview of how far Republican judges will go to obstruct Democrats in office.

It is spoken: We must debate the murderous zombies even as they shed zombie virus all over us:

https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/foxs-brit-hume-says-joe-biden-must-debate-trump-person-even-if-trump-still-contagious

No. Kill them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsZObkD1dog

From Nigel's link:

In 2017, then–White House Counsel Don McGahn said in a speech to the Federalist Society that “the greatest threat to the rule of law in our modern society is the ever-expanding regulatory state"

I'm trying to understand how that makes sense.

Arguing that a regulatory state threatens individual liberty makes sense. Whether you agree with it or not, or in which specific cases, is another question, but it is at least a coherent argument.

How a regulatory state threatens the rule of law is more or less beyond me.

The Evil Ones deliberately spread the virus among themselves to cause a second wave of the infections throughout the Nation's Capitol, killing many and debilitating a functional Washington DC as the seat of governance in America just as the subhuman conservative movement has wanted to do for 40 years:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/coronavirus-dc-white-house-congress.html

Now that Amy Coney Barrett, oddly, but surely malignantly .... she is a ruthless radical for her causes ... the only individual at her nominee death cult soiree who, she claims, already and conveniently was infected by the virus last summer ... will be in place to deny health insurance coverage for a significant segment of DC's population, the pandemic can really get a hold on the city and its human infrastructure.

I wonder how the CPC would have handled this situation?

"What a 6–3 Supreme Court Could Do"

Don't pack the Courts.

Eliminate them.

The "CPC" would have fucked it up.

Now, the CCP might have handled it properly.

He literally saved Christianity, he did:

https://juanitajean.com/holy-crap-4/

Well, he introduced them to threesomes, buggery, and cuckolding (not really "introduced"; they've been practicing for centuries, if not in the sacristy, while scarfing up the contents of the grifting plate, then in the motel at the truck stop outside of town, where diesel-fueled Jesus thrives and occasionally buys ammo and a blow job and joins the money-changers in a poker game.

Merry Christmas to them all, and to all, go fuck yourselves:

https://www.thecut.com/2020/10/melania-trump-bashes-christmas-migrants-in-leaked-tape.html

The Holy Trinity, umm, Threesome:

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/08/jerry-falwell-jr-says-his-wife-had-a-fatal-attraction-affair-with-the-pool-boy-report/

My Grandmothers were Christians.

Nary a pool boy came near them and all my Grandfathers liked to "watch" was Lawrence Welk and Gunsmoke on TV.

Marty's Deep State strikes again:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/customs-and-border-protection-officer-alberto-almeida-arrested-for-threatening-a-boss?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning

I loved this ad by the Biden campaign. I reckon it would have had serious traction in the animal-loving UK, and I am inclined to think there is a true psychological dimension to Trump's lack in this respect:

https://scroll.in/video/974737/watch-new-video-from-biden-campaign-targets-trump-for-not-having-a-pet-dog-in-the-white-house

You may have caught this, in spite of the flood of news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/10/06/joint-chiefs-isolation-after-coast-guard-admiral-tests-positive-coronavirus-pentagon-says

So, all but 1 of the Joint Chiefs are now in quarantine. But did you catch where they got exposed? An event for Gold Star families at the White House.

The military is conservative. And, contra Trump, courageous about putting themselves in harms way to defend their country. But gratuitously endangering their families is one of the things that will get them really worked up. Another piece of his base alienated. The man's on a roll!

stable genius:

Trump had instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday afternoon to abandon bipartisan talks over a stimulus package, complaining that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was making unreasonable demands in negotiations. “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election,” the president said.

About seven hours later, Trump appeared to reverse himself in a new string of tweets.

After canceling talks, he publicly urged members of his own administration to work with congressional Democrats to approve additional federal stimulus measures.

It's the Art of Deal with a crocodile, spin them one way and then the other repeatedly until the prey is disoriented and exhausted.

Walk away from the negotiation, humiliate the other party and have proxies go after them in the media, and then allow bargaining to continue as long as the other party reappears on its knees and with a ball-gag in its mouth.

It's the American Way. Ask any surviving Cherokee.

Republicans are planning distribution centers and kissing booths across the country to rejuvenate this neglected pathogen, nearly put to death by evil atheist scientists back when human life, for an short enlightened time, meant something, and who don't know a good profit center when God reveals it to them:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/scarlet-fever-is-making-a-comeback-bacterial-clone-could-be-to-blame/ar-BB19MPZQ?ocid=uxbndlbing

How a regulatory state threatens the rule of law is more or less beyond me.

One view is that the rule of law is being subverted by unelected bureaucrats pulling rules and regulations out of...thin air with little or no input from elected representatives.

the elected representatives created the rules by which those unelected officials operate.

do people want to elect the whole fucking org chart?

ok, that's plausible.

thanks Charles!

He literally saved Christianity

few people know this, but Trump also discovered penicillin and invented the internal combustion engine.

some people say, anyway.

David Brooks hits some nails on the head, albeit with a conservative elite and scholarly foam hammer, for what he misses is that the consequences he condemns are largely the result of multi-decades-long, radical political and faux-intellectual strategy by the vermin.

Gave up reading as soon as Brooks began spinning out our current moment as the fulfillment of some philosophical first principle that he believes as an article of faith.

We are a nation of broken institutions because the right wing anti-government media and have spent all their money, time, and energy demonizing and de-legitimizing the role of government, of non-commercial science, and of public policy.

Four decades of intellectual segregation and demonizing propaganda has an effect. We are living with that effect right now.

Gave up reading as soon as Brooks began spinning out our current moment as the fulfillment of some philosophical first principle that he believes as an article of faith.

I gave up as soon as he started going on about the 60's.

The 60's were 50 to 60 years ago. Seeing them as the Cause Of Our National Decline would have been like somebody in the 60's looking back to the Taft regime as the cause of all our problems.

It's been a long, long time since the hippies were a significant voice in our national conversation. For good or ill.

One way excessive regulations could undermine the rule of law is people being more or less forced to violate them on a regular base because it beocmes technically impossible to obey all of them. If this becomes common, people could begin to see laws the same way, in particular, if the state is unable or unwilling to actually enforce the regulations.
Traffic regulations are a prime example. Over here it is actually 'priced in', e.g. the police knows how much people exceed speed limits and put signs with lower numbers up, so people will drive as fast as the authorities see as reasonable ("Okay, people tend to go 15 km/h over the speed limit. We consider 60 km/h to be safe in this location, so let's put up a 45 km/h speed limit sign. But we will hand out speeding tickets only, if speed goes above 60 km/h."

Over here it is actually 'priced in', e.g. the police knows how much people exceed speed limits and put signs with lower numbers up, so people will drive as fast as the authorities see as reasonable

We see something similar here.

Back in the early 1970s, as a result of price-fixing to the oil markets, there was a national mandate to reduce the maximum speed limit (previously 70 mph) tp 55 mph. But at least in the West, with longer distances, that was regarded as impractical. So it was routinely ignored. Ignored by the police as well -- unless they either needed to generate funds from giving tickets, or wanted to harrass someone.

Then oil prices went back to normal. So speed limits were put back up. And we all kept going 10 mph over the posted limit. Still do. Fortunately, that particular bit of "priced in" law breaking hasn't generally spread to other parts of the law. But the risk that it might have, or that another similar occasion might, is very real.

Yes, Kyle Rittenhouse was too regulated.

I doubt his dumb mother knew whether gun cross-state licensing laws were laws passed with the so-called "input" of elected representatives or merely rules enforced from thin air by unelected bureaucrats.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-petty-tyranny-of-license-laws/

"One view is that the rule of law is being subverted by unelected bureaucrats pulling rules and regulations out of...thin air with little or no input from elected representatives."

What about .... aw, fuck it! Why be sucked into this horseshit?

I don't see that many Americans give a shit one way or the other how the rules came to be or are enforced.

They just don't want to follow the law and its rules.

You aren't the boss of me!

The conservative Supreme Court may think it will decide what laws should be enforced and not enforced, but I dare them to send their fed agents to try and enforce any of their bullshit.

Fuck them. They are not the boss of me. They have disqualified themselves from attempting to govern me by virtue of their who they are.

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

The conservative/libertarian version of that cartoon would end with gunfire in the first ten seconds of the video to halt lawmaking altogether.

No law was passed anywhere that mandated wearing a mask or social distancing to prevent Covid spread.

Nevertheless, I've deputized myself to enforce the rules set forth by unelected so-called bureaucrats regarding the matter.

Please get in my face in public without a mask regarding the provenance of those rules.

Preferably at a polling place on November 3.

You will have canceled any Rule of Law preventing me from beating the fucking shit out of you.

One view is that the rule of law is being subverted by unelected bureaucrats pulling rules and regulations out of...thin air with little or no input from elected representatives.

The extreme Federalist Society position is that Congress can't delegate legislating to the executive branch at all. So rule-making by executive agencies -- eg, the FTC, FCC, EPA, etc -- or by the Cabinet-level departments -- eg, the Interior Dept setting grazing fees for the national forest lands -- is all unconstitutional, even where Congress has provided detailed guidance.

"One view is that the rule of law is being subverted by unelected bureaucrats pulling rules and regulations out of...thin air with little or no input from elected representatives."

One can understand then why cities are burned to the ground because black men are shot in the back or their windpipes shit down by kneeling cops.

I mean, are there actually specific laws on the books passed by elected representatives mandating that exact behavior by law enforcement, or did Rudy Giuliani and a bunch of white racist police forces and their conservative consultants pull that stuff out of the thin air emitted from their butts.

Obamacare. It's a law.

Gay Marriage. It's a law.

Abortion. It's a law.

When they are taken off the books by filth, they will still be the law for the majority of Americans and then violent chaos against the minority who took those laws away from us will be the new law of the jungle and we won't require any unelected bureaucrats to show us how it's done.

like somebody in the 60's looking back to the Taft regime

Mr we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.

There is a certain logic to the chain of events wherein laws prohibiting buggery/sodomy were taken off the books in most states and by coincidence the Federalist Society deciding they were legally permitted to sneak up behind us in secrecy have their way with America.

Trump this morning October 7, 2020, again demanded the arrest and jailing of Hillary Clinton, via the trash talking machine.

Yeah, we're a nation of laws.

We're a nation of pigfucking subhumans is what we are.

I wish Ms Clinton, soon, before the election, would show up at the White House gate, or better, walk (perhaps traipse or shashay, as conservatives are always accusing her of doing) into the Justice Department office of Bill Barr or the FBI and surrender to the authorities, fall to her knees, thrusting her arms out, her wrists together, and demand she be cuffed, and scream "Do your woist, coppers! I just can't take it anymore! I did it.. by God, I did it all!"

Listen to the stinking subhuman potty-mouthed Christian Republican Conservative, otherwise known as the Sweetheart Mom of the Reagan Rodeo, talk to her 15-year-old daughter.

https://twitter.com/DanielNewman/status/1313493879421906946?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1313493879421906946%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailykos.com%2Fstory%2F2020%2F10%2F6%2F1984046%2F-Kellyanne-Conway-s-daughter-strikes-again-on-TikTok-as-the-Whistleblower-of-our-time

The kid is angry because Donald Trump gave her mother a deadly virus, and her mother affectionately accepted the gift and then, after telling the daughter wearing masks indoors was idiotic, then spent the day constantly coughing all over the house, so now the daughter is infected as well.

The house is so contaminated that husband George, career conservative ratfucker but lately of the Lincoln Project, has been forced to throw his collected of alleged Bill Clinton dick pics he assiduously collected from the 1990's in the contamination bag headed for incineration.

Kellyanne is distraught as well because she wanted to frame the dick pics and display them on the living room mantle.

The kid recently tried to be legally declared independent of her batshit parents, but if she knows what is good for her, she should stick around and share in the proceeds of the upcoming most popular and lucrative reality show of all time: Shitheads Know Best, or is it Make Room For Fucking Daddy.

I don't think I'd have let my son go over to that house on a play date when he was young, though I might send some unelected bureaucrats over there to disinfect the joint and question that mouth her Christian mother eats with.

The extreme Federalist Society position is that Congress can't delegate legislating to the executive branch at all.

Because, of course, members of Congress are such experts in things like medicine and economics and engineering and so on** that they can write the necessary detailed stuff into law. Riiiiight. Gotta admit it reflects a really optimistic high opinion of politicians.

** And even those who do know something are immune to holding nutcase views about other fields. Cf Dr Rand Paul. (OK, maybe not a great example for convincng Charles. But still.)

Mr we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.

History rhymes yet again.

Except now Archie Bunker is POTUS.

Except now Archie Bunker is POTUS.

Hey! Carroll O'Connor was a damn good actor. And had good script writers. We'd be far better off with Archie Buncker as POTUS. I'd be seriously unhappy with him, but we'd be better off.

Archie: Dose people can work their way up like I did!

Edith: Yeah, Archie's uncle got him the job on the loading dock.

And he enjoyed a good whatchamacallit, a "menstrual" show, down at the lodge, theah, with Barney and the fellas.

Archie was a good sort in his way. He was fundamentally honest and when it came down to it, he had a conscience in the way most regular folks do, just enough to be forgiven.

Way out of Trump's league, as in way above Trump's league.

Union man. May not have voted for Trump after the union scuttlebutt that Trump consistently stiffed his workers.

Probably would have gone for Gary Johnson. After all, what is dis heah Aleppo you keep shootin your mouth off about, Meathead? Hanh?

Who needs it!

Why is it that republicans are so much better at being vicious hypocritical and funny cutthroats than earnest Democrats?

The Lincoln Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tZVnbDq9B4s

Nigel's comment and cite at 11:05am is must reading and should be a front-page post.

If Governors and Presidents and bureaucrats cannot govern, even in emergency situations, I presume when savage violent insurrection in America arises to butcher and slaughter the entire conservative republican movement, government and its powers, even in emergencies, will be forced to stand down and let it happen.

After all, law enforcement and the military at all levels are unelected bureaucrats and will be a thoroughly hobbled administrative state.

Getting ready for it:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/democrats-need-to-be-clear-about-where-this-could-be-headed

I've had my say for the day and then some. See ya next week.

That TPM article misses something, I think. State legislatures trying to invalidate mail in ballots isn't just about Trump. Those guys are also trying to save their own offices. Those invalidated ballots would likely, in this day of straight party voting, mean a bunch of them lose, too.

Of course, I suppose someone like Kavanaugh could (in the unlikely event he wanted to) find a rationalization for invalidating those mail ballots for President, while still counting them for lower level offices. Roberts would probably choke on that, however. Which is why Barrett is so critical.

Off topic, but I'm just not sure what to say about this.

Two Americas.

Well if you think a $2 million home (with a $1.6 million mortgage) is "just scraping by" . . . .
Even in the seriously expensive areas close to Silicon Valley, that counts as at least moderately wealthy.

A quick check shows $400,000/year household income is 98th percentile. And this from Russell's link:

“A middle-class lifestyle is defined as: owning a home, having two kids, saving for retirement, saving for college, going on modest vacations several weeks a year, and retiring in one’s early 60s.”

50th percentile is $70,000. And how many people have jobs that allow for "several" weeks of vaction?

The VP debate reminds me why I don’t watch debates.

Not sure I buy the "retiring in one’s early 60s” as middle class either. I think 70 would be closer.** Unless, that is, one got hit by an age-based layoff and couldn't get a new job. Which isn't quite how I define "retire."

** And those last 5-8 years' income is a big part of funding that retirement.

Fox News headline:

More voters think neighbors backing Trump over Biden: Fox News poll

How many people think their neighbors suspect them of supporting Trump, I wonder? And how many people who think their neighbors support Trump assume those same neighbors think they support Biden? Who do you think your neighbors think you’re going to vote for, and how does that affect who you think they’re going to vote for? Does that in turn affect who they think you’re going to vote for? If so, does that then affect who you think they’re going to vote for?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to vote the way I think my neighbors think I’m going to vote, so we need to figure this out quickly.

just based on yard signs in NC, Trump is going to win close to 90% of the state.

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