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So it’s not just me

Trump is exhausting.

I’m so sick of his crap after 4 long years, day after day of badness. How bad is he, let me count the ways. No, better not. I’ve got to get up for work tomorrow.

I’m in a bit of a steam of consciousness state here. I’m going with it. (Steam? Stream? I’m leaving it)

So I was watching Seth Meyers do a Closer Look this evening and it was like we are on the same wavelength. Trump’s gluttonous need for attention 24/7 is draining.

I just want him to go away in any way possible. It’s irritating to know that after I vote I still have to wait a whole month to kick him and his whole tacky entourage to the curb. I’m beginning to see the PA Republicans point of view on this. Do we really need to wait until three days after Election Day to count all of the postmarked ballots? Why can’t we start earlier and get it over with? How about we give everyone two weeks from today to turn in all their ballots and call it a day? Since PA is the only state that counts, let us go first and save everyone else the time and energy.

It’s even annoying that once again, I’m living in THE MOST IMPORTANT REGION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STATE OF THE UNION. Talk about pressure. Look, if I could take all 314,000 mail in ballots in Allegheny county and mark them all for Biden just to stop the madness, it would be so worth it. But the fricking state has gamed every possible fraud scenario and made it almost impossible for the average person to steal 314,000 ballots. Und zo ve vait.

BTW, I’m still not seeing the same crazy number of Trump yard signs that I did in 2016. I get the feeling that the other side is scared of being identified as a Trumper in case the liberal death squads show up to kill them with hours of forced vegan evangelism and wind power. The horror. The horror.

Wait. Are they really scared of us? Jeez, talk about guilty consciences.

We don’t need signs to identify you. We know who you are.

(Ooooo, I just thought of something. Maybe we should nod knowingly and act like their conspiracy theories are possible. It could mean an October blissfully free of Trump signs and MAGA hats. “You’re right, Mike. You never can tell with those evil liberals. I heard that the ones they don’t convert to veganism get sent to re-education camps where everyone has to knit their own sandals. You have to get up in front of everyone and repeat Hillary Clinton slogans. “It takes a village!!” “Women’s rights are human rights”. I’m telling you, they learned their stuff from the viet cong. Welp, I already returned my mail in ballot but I’ll see ya’ at the polling place. Tick tock. I’m kidding, Mike, Jeez, you should see your face.”

There’s a piece in WaPo that says that maskholes are narcissists. It’s interesting that they are predominately right wingers who have been soaked in Objectivism for so long. They do what they want. The rules don’t apply to them. They think they are invincible and don’t care that they are endangering people around them.

And the number of dead from coronavirus reached 1 million today with no sign of a break. The numbers are going to go up and I don’t know if I can get a flu shot yet. We could still die from this thing. It really is a pandemic. No, really.

If you don’t think it’s a pandemic, why fret about a vaccine??

Damn Trump for turning this country into a science experiment with 300,000,000 shaker flasks of nutrient rich keto culture medium, just perfect for mutations that will render any potential vaccine less effective than if everyone had been wearing their masks.

Anyway, I’m going to watch the debate tomorrow because even though I want to cancel Trump’s season, I feel compelled to see how the plot ends.

Will it matter if Biden wins? Maybe. Hillary won but couldn’t shake the race loose. I have this weird feeling that Biden can do this. Call it a hunch. It kind of depends on what happens tomorrow during the day. Somebody has been figuring out how to play this game. I can tell.

Meanwhile, I’m going to start packing my bug out bag because I’m not sure I want to be at ground zero on Election Day.

I just want it to be over already. Write the spoiler ending in Wikipedia so I can skip ahead and dodge the Trumpers freaking out.

I want to sleep for gawd’s sakes.

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C’mon, can we pleeze vote and get it over with?? 🙄

Opinions differ.

This is why it is so vital to replace RBG with ACB:

Beard growth.

{{shudder}}

An Amy Diversion

Put aside the tax story that’s going to consume all the oxygen in the room for the next week and watch this.

It’s a clip of Amy Klobuchar responding to Ted Cruz in a judiciary committee meeting. We don’t hear Cruz’s comment that caused Amy to respond but we can deduce from the content of her reply that it was typical Republican complaining that the Democrats were going to politicize the nomination hearing for Barrett by bringing up all kinds of election year subjects and they have no place in these hallowed halls before this immaculate nominee who only needs to present her perfection to the court before a vote.

Amy K. Wasn’t having it.

Looks like the Republicans were thinking that all these other bread and butter issues were never going to come up.

Amy says it wasn’t her choice to drop all the controversial subjects into a confirmation hearing in the middle of an election year when people are already voting. That was TRUMP’S choice. What did Ted expect? That the Democrats who don’t even have to be present for the vote, since they are outnumbered, were going to let Republicans off the hook so that what goes on with Barrett doesn’t affect their electoral chances?

Really, Ted?? You really think Democrats were just going to give up and go away? They’re going to take scalps for this. Every Republican Senator up for re-election right now is going to have to face their constituents now that the Barrett’s appointment is going to affect their lives for a generation and EVERYONE is going to know exactly what is on the line.

By the way, Republicans, if you hate politics that much, don’t run for Senate. It’s not supposed to be just an old boys club.

Donald’s image goes *poof!*

I’m going to guess that the fact that he has paid so little in taxes while allowing the rest of us to subsidize him and sucking off of a $72000000.00 tax return that he probably wasn’t entitled to doesn’t bother him in the least. It shows that he can get away with yet another thing that most of us can’t.

But the fact that he’s not really rich and that Deutsche Bank owns his properties and that he owes a heart stopping amount of money that he can’t repay? Now, EVERYBODY is going to know what a bad businessman he is and just how much money he has squandered.

He’s doing that to the treasury too.

So, maybe his hard core base is so ruined by Limbaugh and Grover Norquist syndrome that they see no value to paying taxes and admire the guy for cheating the government.

But the fact that Trump is a loser and doesn’t want anyone to know it? Not so hot now, is he. Mike Bloomberg has real money and pays taxes. Trump has no money to pay taxes on. He’s one paycheck away from insolvency and heavy fines.

He hasn’t gotten away with a thing. We finally know what he’s been too ashamed to show us. It’s like stuffing your trousers with a big dildo to hide the fact that you actually have a smaller than average mushroom shaped penis. Then finding that someone has the dick pics and is plastering them all over the NYTimes (that you have mocked and insulted on an almost hourly basis for the past 4 years.)

Priceless.

Goodness! The hits just keep on coming. I can hardly wait until Tuesday and every other day in October. Michael Cohen says the feds seized 14 million documents from him.

So much material.

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And now a few words from Joe Biden on debate preparations:

Drink plenty of water, Joe!!

Why does mail-in voting scare the bejesus out of Republicans?

Maybe all this election fraud angst and “hurry hurry hurry let’s fill RBG’s seat ASAP” is a product of their inability to do a thought experiment back in March 2020.

The way Republicans win states with large populations who will not vote for them is via suppression. Take away voting machines in inner city neighborhoods. Give the people you don’t like broken machines so they’re forced to stand in long lines. Disenfranchise them by passing laws to prevent felons from voting. Make it harder for enfranchised felons to vote by making them pay all their court fees and fines up front. Oo! Oo! UNREGISTER them. Yep, send out a ping mailer to the house they put on their registration card and hope they toss it in the trash. Then take their names off the rolls because they can’t be found.

And all of that will still be going on this year but maybe the impact will be blunted by Trump’s idiocy.

He let the coronavirus outbreak get out of control. That allowed a lot of people to opt into voting by absentee balloting. All across the country this year, the barriers to voting by absentee have been knocked down by the courts. In some states, the need to get a witness, have one of the approved excuses, etc have been struck down because the threat to people’s health is significant.

In PA, the state legislature passed a bill last year to allow no excuses mail in balloting. Since the state legislature is run by the GOP, I can only assume they felt that it would allow their aging Fox News demographic to vote from the comfort of their own homes. By they way, PA now has paper trails on all machines as well. We didn’t have that in 2016.

So back to my guess about the crazy antipathy to mail in ballots by the GOP.

It’s been known for some time now that there is a “blue shift” in the days after Election Day when postmarked absentee ballots swing towards favoring Democrats. This year, due to the fear of coronavirus, many more people are registering for mail in ballots and since Democrats typically believe in science, they’re mailing it in huge numbers this year.

The collateral effect of this is a voter in one of those high suppression states has a lot fewer barriers to getting their votes counted. No need to get harassed at the polls, don’t have to stand in a long line to vote on a broken machine etc. That could push the blue shift way into the ultraviolet.

But if wouldn’t have been this way if Donald hadn’t been an incompetent, vindictive little shit about not controlling the virus and sticking it to the blue states.

Before March, the Colorado and Arizona senate races were going to be tough. Now, it looks increasingly likely that they’ll go blue. Texas might swing but it has one of the most restrictive absentee ballot requirements in the country. But that’s ok because so many other states are making it dead simple.

In PA, the state allows registration to vote by mail until Oct 27. The state sends you the registration form because we don’t want anyone to take chances getting sick this year. There’s a website you can use to track your ballot. There are drop boxes and board of elections locations there so you can determine how you want to turn it in. AND the state has paid for first class mail for you to return your ballot.

It doesn’t get easier than that. PA doesn’t discriminate by party. If you’re a housebound Republican and you didn’t register to vote by mail, just fill out that registration that was mailed to you and voile!

The coronavirus was the earthquake; here comes the tsunami.

Republican should have seen it coming.

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Hey, if you live in PA, make sure you put your ballot in the secrecy envelope before you put it in the mailing envelope.

Take a pic, cover your name, and post it on Twitter at #NoNakedBallots and @johnfetterman

I got an email that my ballot will be sent up to 2 weeks from 9/22/2020. I checked my mail this weekend and it isn’t here yet. But I can hardly wait!

Amy Coney Barrett: just another suburban mom

I heard part of her speech yesterday and by golly, I don’t know what suburban housewives are so worried about. She’s just like you and me (wait, no one would ever describe me as a housewife).

I mean, she has seven kids, two that she and her lawyer professional husband adopted from Haiti. Doesn’t everyone have seven kids? And her husband cooks! He’s a better cook than she is. He’s marvelous, the kind of supportive sensitive new age guy who takes care of the kids while his brilliant wife gets all the help and encouragement she needs to climb the ladder of success in the Federalist Society.

Not only that but for some strange reason (she doesn’t say why), she and her husband are now team teaching at their very own homeschool academy.

Where DOES she find the time? Wow, when I was working full time, taking classes in the evening, and staying up until 2am pouring over school construction plans as an elected board of ed member with a newborn on my lap, I was exhausted. She has seven kids and laughs about not sleeping.

Amy Coney Barrett is the mommy, mommy, Uber Alles!

It doesn’t get more suburbany than Amy, nosirree! She’s just like… well, I don’t know. She certainly puts me to shame.

Don’t worry your pretty little heads, ladies. Amy isn’t going to take your birth control away. You sillies. She just wants you to get husbands like hers. You social progressives are fretting for no reason. Amy enjoys teaching from home. It was all her idea last spring. Did I mention that she can work three 24 hour days at once?

I’m sure she’ll be fine.

By the way, can someone tell me if this is true?:

So, if we don’t like him and we vote against him, we’re cheaters?

So saith Creamsicle:

Trump also revisited his refusal to say whether he would support a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. The president claimed that the “only way” he loses is if the Democrats cheat and said he’s not going to support a transition if there was cheating.

Trump has actively sought to delegitimize the results of the election, falsely claiming universal mail-in voting intended to protect people amid the coronavirus pandemic is ripe for corruption although there is no evidence this is true. In the five states that already allowed universal mail-in voting, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington, there have been no issues with widespread fraud. 

“The only way we’re going to lose is if there’s mischief, and it’ll have to be on a big scale, so be careful,” Trump said. “We do want a very friendly transition, but we don’t want to be cheated and be stupid and say, ‘Oh, let’s, we’ll go and we’ll do a transition,’ and we know that there were thousands and thousands of ballots that made the difference through cheating. We’re not going to stand for it.”

He’s going to have to put millions and millions of us in prison because I’m pretty sure we intend to cheat, I mean, vote him out on Election Day. Think of the logistics.

Why can’t he lose like a man?

Dan Balz at WaPo writes:

The president’s Republican allies in Congress, however, were not necessarily the principal audience for what he said about challenging the vote, nor are they the people whose views he cares about most. Instead, his attempt to discredit mail-in ballots as a way to challenge a possible Biden victory is aimed at rallying his own army of supporters, prepping them to respond, if necessary, with protests or perhaps worse if he challenges vote tabulations — and therefore the results — in the days after the election.

It’s standard MO for Republicans. Find a policy or regulation they don’t like, find one or two instances of that policy or regulation failing or falling short of perfection, then disqualify the whole damn thing.

And the right falls for it every time. That’s why we can’t have nice things. Oh, sure, unemployment bennies are good to have but a couple people might use that time to take a much needed break and we can’t have that so no one gets bennies. Or yes it’s wonderful that we give food stamps to families with children but one or two adults we know who can work are also getting food stamps and that’s just not right. So no one gets them. Or there’s a clean water regulation that makes it easy to drink from the spigot but the snake tailed flarnjarn protection piece is getting in the way of this poor put upon developer so out goes the clean water act.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

So here we are. Mail in ballots never used to be a problem before. Washington and Oregon have been voting almost exclusively by mail for forever. Mail in makes it difficult to suppress the vote in inner city neighborhoods, makes it easier for your 82 year old aunt to vote from the comfort of her special living room chair, makes it safer for high risk people to vote in general. But there’s one sketchy report of a clerk somewhere in Luzerne county, PA who threw away absentee ballots for Trump (were they general election or primary ballots? We need all the facts.) and now, EVERYBODY in PA who is voting by mail will be accused of fraud. Actually, how does that work? We, the voters, are not throwing out ballots.

But as we saw with Hillary Clinton, if you can generate enough smoke, people will think there’s a fire.

There is no fire.

Just let us vote like we normally do without election interference from the guy who looks like he’s scared he’s going to lose.

Because he is.

This is why Gov. Wolf won’t approve school sports in PA this year.

It’s because of incidents like this. Alicia Kitts goes to watch a game on school property. She has a mask, presumably so she could get in. Then she refuses to wear it in violation of Ohio’s state rules about spectators at a school sporting event.

Let’s make it clear about what is happening in the video below. She’s not being arrested and tazed because she refused to wear a mask. She’s being arrested and tazed for not leaving when the school safety officer gave her options. In other words, she broke the rules. You know, law and order and all that.

I don’t think the right is getting it. The governor of Ohio and the state legislature could just put a moratorium on any spectators at a school sports game. Is that what they want? Because if I were governor, that’s what I’d do. If even one person can’t comply with a request to put on a mask or leave, then no one can go to a sports activity as a spectator. Students only.

This is why Governor Wolf in PA keeps vetoing the bills the GOP legislature sends him for local control of school sports games. Funny how the legislature keeps complaining about it. Why don’t they just get a veto proof majority to override him? Is it because they don’t have enough flat earthers in Harrisburg to join the happy throng of Republicans gleefully breathing on each other?

And you know, I’m going to bet that if Kitts has been drunk and disorderly, guys would be playing that clip on a loop like it was porn.

Bottom line, she’s no Rosa Parks, she set a very poor example for her kids and she’s going to ruin it for everybody in Ohio. She got arrested and tazed for struggling.

At least she wasn’t at home in bed and asleep.

Trump disgusts the Republican governor of Massachusetts.

What he said.

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New poll. Not sure how reliable this is but it looks similar to other polls I’ve seen except in magnitude. The trend is going against Trump. The race is pulling away.

I’m going to guess that every move Trump and the Republicans have made in the week since RBG died has been working against them. They are so out of step with voters in every conceivable way that it’s hard to understand what they think they’re going to gain from this. Sure, they might set back women’s rights, they may finally get rid of the ACA and leave cancer patients without any protections, they may get the court to strip working people of any abilities to make their lives better. But an awful lot of them are going to lose their seats and I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be painful.

That’s where we are. With every week, every day, every hour, almost minute to minute, the Republican power grab and obstructions to voting are enraging suburbanites, women, working people who have been sidelined by Covid, old people, young people (a lot of millennials are going to work the polls this year).

No one with any lick of sense wants to relive 2020 and it’s catastrophic response to Covid. That’s what we get with Trump. Only a fool would repeat this disaster expecting a different outcome.

So keep at it, Republicans. The more you throw at us, the more alternate plans we make to get our votes in waaaaaay ahead of time. We are going to vote so hard.

Every time a Republican enrages, a new Biden voter engages.

Remember the Wisconsin primary this year? That’s what’s going to happen.

And how did that turn out?

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Charlie Baker in that video above says that mail in balloting has been with us forever. That might be true. We’ve called it absentee balloting but the ability to vote that way has been extended to include anyone who is high risk who doesn’t want to risk exposure to Covid in the basement of the Methodist church.

But ok, some people insist on not evolving and want to be originalists. They want to go back to the way people used to vote in 1787.

Back then, many states required that white males who owned property were the only ones eligible to vote. Not only did you need to own property, your property size had to meet minimum requirements. That had the effect of excluding most white men in Connecticut.

In Pennsylvania, the property restriction was relaxed so more white men were eligible but they had to be up to date on their taxes. That’s because this good Quaker state and home of the City of Brotherly Love did not want poor people or unemployed people or lazy people to vote. Their inability or antipathy to paying taxes was thought to make them bad citizens. (That would exclude most white republican and libertarian men these days. Hmmm…) Remember, this was before we had an intentionally created African American inner city underclass.

Yep, back then, white guys who lost their jobs or just didn’t make enough money were excluded from voting. They lost their franchise.

The effect of all these laws was that something like 6% of the population was eligible to vote at the beginning. The laws favored rich, white guys with lots of land and the poorly paid white guys working in new industries and as indentured servants or apprentices were excluded.

Plus, you had to vote with a paper ballot. None of that voting machine stuff. Find a polling place, if you can prove you paid enough in taxes, and submit your paper ballot.

Then, at some point in December, your electors would saddle up their horses and travel for days and weeks to the electoral college to cast their votes for you but only the rich guys among you. It had to be done in person because we had no way of transmitting the results by electronically. No telegraphs, telephones, internet, TV, radio. Oh, I guess they could have sent the results by mail since we deliberately added the postal service to the Constitution. (That’s US Postal SERVICE, not US Postal Company INC)

If you think Trump can’t abide by waiting three days after Election Day to get the definitive vote count in Pennsylvania in 2020, imagine the shrieking and kicking and empurplling of his face that would go on if he had to wait more than a month for all the electors to mosey into town.

Yeah, let’s go back to that. I mean, if we really think that the old way of doing things 244 ago was so great and should never be changed.

PSA: how to correctly complete your mail-in ballot in PA

These are arriving in mail boxes to show voters exactly what they need to do in order to complete their mail in ballots so that they are not disqualified. Everyone is encouraged to send back ballots early so that they can be processed and counted on Election Day. Pass it around:

Allegheny county started mailing ballots on Wednesday. The county has approved a whopping 314,000 ballots for voting by mail.

That’s f{}%ing amazing. No wonder Trump is spooked.