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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I’m heartbroken to hear that RBG has died. She was a pioneer in the area of gender discrimination. She lived with cancer for a long time and showed how to live your best life. I will miss her “are you kidding me?!?” dissents.

Neuroendocrine cancer zebra ribbon.

And Trump is still President. Will he carry through on his threat to appoint Ted Cruz?

Will Mitch McConnell stand by his commitment to not appoint a Supreme Court Justice in an election year?

We already know the answer to that.

2020 sucks.

Can he do that?

Trump bans TikTok and WeChat from app stores starting Sunday. We might all be indoctrinated into Chinese communist ideology. Ha! And YOU thought it was all about dance challenge videos and IKEA decor hacks. How come I never get included in the truly subversive conversations?? It’s so unfair.

I don’t happen to have TikTok on my phone yet so I’m going to install it ASAP. I want to find out what all the anti-Trump propaganda is all about.

Commie Red Radical

WeChat is a different animal altogether. That’s not just entertainment. It’s the way Chinese ex-pats keep in touch with their friends and family in China. I’ve never seen it in action. Does it allow easy access to Chinese characters? Maybe that’s what’s bothering Trump. “What’s for dinner this Saturday?” could be a secret code. And they have RADICALS in their characters. Need I say more??

Anyway, Trump just lost the youth vote. And the ex-pat vote, not that they were ever in his pocket anyway. They know autocrats when they see them.

Come to think of it, this just looks petty and vindictive. I’m going to guess that he’s looking at the polling numbers, knows from the marketing statistics that he’ll never appeal to the TikTok user and Chinese researchers and has decided to get even because that’s just how he rolls.

I smell a court filing.

He’s already cheating.

You’ve probably already figured this out but Trump is cheating to steal the election. Once again, he is encouraging voters in NC to vote more than once. Ok, so the fact that he’s encouraging people to commit felonies isn’t new but this little nugget in a speech he recently made looks new to me:

About 114,000 ballots have been mailed out so far in Mecklenberg County, Mavromatis said, and 11,000 voters have already returned their ballots. Brinson Bell said about 817,000 ballots have been mailed out across the state.

The president’s response to the error in North Carolina comes as millions of Americans worried about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic plan to vote by mail, and as Trump has ramped up accusations, without evidence, that expanded mail-in voting will lead to corruption, miscounting and delays.

In a statement sent earlier this month, Brinson Bell reminded voters it is “illegal to vote twice in an election.” 

<bold>Ironically, a day later, Trump encouraged North Carolina supporters to vote in person, even if their mail-in ballots were on the way, saying, “They’ll lose your vote.”</bold>

Brinson Bell in her statement cited a North Carolina statute that makes it a Class 1 felony for a voter to cast multiple ballots. It is also a violation of state law to solicit someone to vote twice. She noted the state board has investigators that review any double voting allegations.

Just out of curiosity, how does he know “they’ll lose your vote”? It’s the kind of thing he says that has me skeptical of the vote count in Pennsylvania in 2016. Every time he was asked if would accept the results of the vote he said not if he lost Pennsylvania. I thought it was odd back then. Why would PA make such a difference? What did he know about PA that would cause him to think he had a lock on it? Why was he so convinced that he was going to win PA that any other outcome would be a sign of cheating? PA came down to 40,000 votes. That’s not much in a state this size. Anyway, let’s just say, I’ve never trusted the results in PA ever since, nor the National vote. The discrepancy of 3 million votes was just too large. It’s an unprecedented result and it’s hinky.

So this recent bit about the ballots being lost is particularly tin foily. Are they going to “get lost” on the way to the voter or on the way back to the board of elections? I asked for a mail in ballot and I’m planning to walk mine in to the board of elections. The USPS was ordered by a judge to reverse all the changes they made during the summer because it indicated a political motive to slow down the mail with the intention of interfering with the election:

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday granted a request from 14 states to temporarily block operational changes within the U.S. Postal Service that have been blamed for a slowdown in mail delivery, saying President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are “involved in a politically motivated attack” on the agency that could disrupt the 2020 election.

Stanley A. Bastian, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, said policies put in place under DeJoy “likely will slow down delivery of ballots” this fall, creating a “substantial possibility that many voters will be disenfranchised and the states may not be able to effectively, timely, accurately determine election outcomes.”

“The states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service,” Bastian said in brief remarks after a 2½-hour hearing in Yakima. “They have also demonstrated that this attack on the Postal Service is likely to irreparably harm the states’ ability to administer the 2020 general election.”

This judge says out loud what we’ve been thinking: Trump/Pence are cheating and attacking the USPS from delivering the mail.

PA’s governor, Tom Wolf, had to go so far as to pay for first class postage to make sure the ballots weren’t dumped by the post office as third class junk mail. Yeah, imagine that. The number of mail in ballot requests in PA was huge and most of them are from Democrats. The mail in ballot legislation was passed in the PA state house last year. This is not an initiative that was implemented because of Covid. It was legislation that was supported by both parties last year. Back then, the Republicans probably thought that a lot of their elderly FOX News viewers wouldn’t even have to shut the TV off in order to vote. Why get a ride to your polling place when you can do it from the comfort of your living room. Covid made it a practical solution for everyone but now we can’t have it because all those votes will be fraudulent?he

The laws for mail in ballot states look the same. Your ballot has a bar code on it for one registered voter. If you get two ballots accidentally and you return both, only one of the two counts and you will probably be hearing from the authorities about that second ballot.

And what are we hearing from senate Republicans? {{crickets}}

If you know that someone is doing something illegal and you plan to benefit from it, isn’t that illegal too? Like fencing stolen goods? Or “losing” ballots? Hmmm…

After taking office in June, DeJoy also instituted new measures he later said were aimed at cutting costs, but postal workers said they led to a curtailing of overtime and mail backlogs. John Barger, a Republican member of the Board of Governors, told a Senate panel earlier this month that DeJoy did not brief the governors on his new policies, but he said the board was “thrilled” by the postmaster general’s performance.