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And now for a seductive Chinese distraction

Because jeezus I need one.

I don’t know how it happened but the YouTube channel Drama Forever slipped into my recommended videos so I clicked on it out of curiosity and got completely sucked in to The Story of Yangxi Palace.

The story follows our Cinderella,Wei Yingluo, as she goes to the Forbidden City to find out who among the courtiers raped and killed her sister.

The time frame is the Qing dynasty at about 1740ish(?) Some of these people actually existed though I think there has been a lot of poetic license taken. The language is Mandarin with interesting English subtitles.

A warning for the politically sensitive out there: there’s a lot of class warfare, misogyny and harsh correction provided by the Office of Careful Punishment. Our plucky heroine is probably smarter than anyone in the emperor’s employ and she plays a very long game.

The costumes are gorgeous and the actors are so beautiful it hurts. The guy who plays the knight Fuca Fuheng will take your breath away. Wei is a Chinese Audrey Hepburn with her gamine appearance and her wide doe eyed look. And even though I was plopped in the middle of the story and have had to piece together a lot of the plot, I can’t stop watching.

It’s got plenty of pathos and melodrama but I have to say I’m impressed by the range of these performers. At times, I’ve wanted to sob and rage right along with them.

The setting of the Forbidden city leaves me a bit cold. I’m not sure where this was filmed. The buildings look authentic enough but the city itself seems like a bare desert with only Wei Yingluo’s clever shade screen made from old rattan screens providing shelter and coolness to the eunuchs and maids that scurry along its dusty streets.

So here’s a clip to whet your fancy where Wei Yingluo, now a maid for the empress, runs into her secret crush, the handsome, earnest and filial Fuca Fuheng.


The GOP plot to steal Pennsylvania

Before I get started on this i want to remind everyone that not counting all of the votes equally disenfranchises the other voters who have voted similarly. If you discredit some of the votes for Biden in Pennsylvania, you are essentially saying that none of the votes for Biden, regardless as to which state they are from, count in the event that the uncounted votes can change the outcome of the election.

And now a word from our Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman:

Let me explain for those of you not keeping track. Yesterday, kavanaugh and alito wrote opinions about the Pennsylvania Election Day counting dates. Background is that PA asked for an extension of 3 days to count mail in ballots as long as the ballots were postmarked by Election Day. This was to account for the recent inefficiencies at the USPS that could have slowed the mail. The Republicans took that case all the way to the Supreme Court before Barrett was sworn in. The court declined to change the PA Supreme Court ruling. Then it was brought up again yesterday. Barrett wisely abstained and the court decides that we are too close to the election to make changes now. So PA will count all mail in ballots with the 11/3 postmark. Great. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

Not so fast. Alito and Kavanaugh in their opinions argued that the state legislature was the only body able up make changes and that it was possible to set aside some ballots that arrived too late in the day on 11/3. These ballots could remain uncounted if there is an expectation that they could change the outcome of the election.

So, today, Cumberland county and Beaver county have decided to just not count mail in ballots. Yep. Just not count them. They don’t have the resources or some such nonsense. If I am reading this correctly, they are going to hold ALL mail in ballots that were received by 11/3, making them on time regardless, and not count them until 11/4. Yep, they’ll start counting the mail in ballots, that are probably going to be heavily Democrat ballots, the day AFTER the election even if all of the ones they are holding came within the last two months and arrived on time.

What this means is if PA is close or if Trump is leading at the end of the day on Tuesday, these very red counties will see no reason to count any additional ballots.

Yes, it DOES sound like cheating, because it is.

If PA is the deciding state and if the ballots aren’t counted in red counties, and if that prevents a critical mass of votes from entering the totals, it means my ballot doesn’t count or JMAC’s or MAG’s. And if that causes the election in PA to go to Trump, then it doesn’t matter how any other state votes.

It’s petty, it’s cheating and it’s evil.


More. There are additional counties that are planning to withhold ballots from being counted on Election Day. The rot is spreading: