Trump booed by crowd as he visits Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket on the steps of the Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/iASjgYYQjU
— Zach Purser Brown (@zachjourno) September 24, 2020
He doesn’t stick around long after this.
I haven’t been much in the mood to post the past few days. I’ve been busy with a few other things and the news has just been nothing but depression inducing. But, it is what it is and ignoring it for a day or two is fine for your mental health, but ignorance won’t solve anything.
Trump says he may reject the stricter FDA vaccine guidelines for COVID-19. Trump, in case you don’t know, is not a doctor. In fact, I would be shocked if Trump could even spell “doctor”. But here we are with the guy who sold steaks in an electronic store overruling actual scientists so he can rush out a vaccine and look like a hero.
Yes, Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of presidential power if he loses is scary, but not really all that surprising at this point is it?
The President is asked to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and his answer falls incredibly short pic.twitter.com/y8XbL8ci9k
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 23, 2020
The Atlantic has a lengthy analysis of what would happen in a variety of circumstances if (or more likely, when) Trump refuses to turn over the reins. The title of the piece is probably the most optimistic part of the story: The Election That Could Break America.
Voter registration has surged since Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Which is good! I mean, besides that it is kinda like closing the gate four years after horse bolted, but baby steps I guess. (And yes, I’m still bitter that people didn’t take this more seriously back in 2016. We knew who Trump was back then.)
The Missouri governor who is also an anti-masker has tested positive for being a fucking moron of the highest degree. Oh, he has covid too.
Justin Trudeau is declaring that the second wave of COVID-19 has started in some parts of Canada. This is where I feel good about living in the US where we are in no way worried about a second wave. We’re never going to get over the first.
870,000 new filings for unemployment. But there is only one job that the GOP cares about.
A makeshift memorial for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Harvard Law School.
Trump expects to make his announcement on who he will nominate to replace Justice Ginsburg on Friday or Saturday. I hope nobody is really surprised about the hypocrisy from the GOP by this point. McConnell would have tried to ram a conservative judge through even if a Justice died three days before the inauguration if Trump loses.
CDC is finally admitting that Covid-19 can be spread through the air. How on earth are they just updating their guidance regarding this now?
The Washington National Cathedral rang their bells 200 times for the 200,000 victims of Covid-19.
Trump’s defenders will say this is just a joke, but we all know that Trump has no sense of humor and is looking for some legal excuse to do this:
Nothin’ to see here, just a US “President” determinin’ who can or can’t run against him. https://t.co/vRwE4FsTtg
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 20, 2020
This is fact!:
Every Trader Joe’s employee ?? pic.twitter.com/P4SQ9ig5nn
— Emma Pope (@emmerpope) September 17, 2020
I’m really enjoying the hell out of Chef Billy Parisi’s YouTube channel. I need to make these Thai Drunken Noodles soon!
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87 https://t.co/V0b7oSFYPy
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 18, 2020
We’re so fucked.
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is an immense loss. And the fate of the country should not rest on one woman’s shoulders however giant they were. I’m so sorry for her family and friends.
— roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2020
everyone who’s all “no you have to EARN my vote [hair toss]” can fuck all the way off
— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 18, 2020
It’s not over.
Lisa Murkowski and Chuck Grassley have indicated that they would *not* move forward with an election year SC nomination.
Tillis and Collins know that their Senate careers are over if they vote to replace.
And Mark Kelly could be sworn in as soon as Nov. 30.
— Kevin Maisto (@kevinmaisto) September 18, 2020
No point in being scared any more.
It's all over. Everything the Left claimed they cared about. You're going to lose it all. Abortion rights, LGBT rights, immigration, education, gun regulation, all of it.
And I did warn you. Oh, I fucking warned you all. I did. https://t.co/rbDR1QTS1F
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) September 18, 2020
I hate putting up a post without anything positive, but 2020 and all…. Have a safe weekend. 46 days…
A few weeks ago there was a big change in CDC guidelines regarding covid-19 testing which was published to their website stating that testing was unnecessary in asymptomatic people who had been exposed to the virus. The New York Times is reporting that the change in policy actually came from Trump’s HHS which decided to bypass any scientific testing and just push it onto the CDC’s website:
Breaking News: C.D.C. scientists didn’t write the virus testing guidance on its website last month, and it was published against their objections, officials said. https://t.co/I3Y5TOPfSI
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 17, 2020
Speaking of the HHS, their spokesperson has taken a leave of absence after a Twitter meltdown after accusing scientists of sedition.
How’s that Make America Great Again campaign going?
America’s reputation among some of its allies falls to lowest point in nearly two decades, according to global survey https://t.co/PCVodtnWL8
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 15, 2020
In just two decades though?
The White House blocked the US Postal Service from sending face masks to all US residents back in April. If you recall, this was when face masks were almost impossible to get. Very few cloth ones were even available unless you knew how to make them yourself. I remember that Mrs. C had a box of paper masks that she had bought a year or two before the pandemic which contained 6 masks. We gave out all we had to our family except for two for ourselves. Most people were not as fortunate and this could have offered some protection and saved a few lives if it had been implemented. But, Trump makes the wrong decision on every single call.
Please retweet this far and wide.
Retweet it to Republicans you know.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) September 18, 2020
A guy refuses to wear a mask, refuses to leave when asked, tells the police to drag him out, and then resists arrest while being dragged out. The stupidity in this country….
Anti-masker in South Dakota is dragged out of a school board meeting by police pic.twitter.com/1EA5REzLnF
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 16, 2020
A pastor who refused to shut down his church and refused to wear a mask is now in an ICU ward with covid-19. Several members of the church’s staff also have tested positive. And some parishoners are holding candlelight vigils for the pastor, without wearing masks.
I went into it expecting that I would lose the primary to a write-in candidate, because I didn’t think that so many voters were just… completely and totally oblivious about who they are voting for.
Because the fact is that you didn’t bother. You trusted the system. You trusted the establishment. You trusted the party. You felt safe. You were sure that there must be some mechanisms in place to prevent from occurring exactly what just occurred. Your anger is misplaced if you direct it at me. Please listen. Your anger is with the system that has lied to you. Your anger is with the system that convinced you to believe in it, trust in it, and have faith in it, when it is completely and utterly broken.[…]
I’m running for sheriff because I oppose that very system, and the sheriff has the most hands-on ability in Cheshire County to oppose that system. The system that let you down by allowing me–the freaking transsexual Satanist anarchist–be your sheriff candidate is the same system I’m attacking. I’m sorry, and I know it hurts to hear, but that system is a lie. The entire thing is a lie. It’s broken from beginning to end, and my existence as your sheriff candidate is merely how this reality was thrown into your face.
Understatement of the year:
— The Hill (@thehill) September 17, 2020
You can literally pick a random day since Trump became president and whatever day you picked would have something Trump did which would be a 3 year long scandal in any other administration. Fact!
TikTok may be banned in the US starting Sunday.
Trump administration says TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores beginning Sunday https://t.co/S4gXrZGhwL
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 18, 2020
I’m pro-vaccine. That anybody would be against vaccines is just so bizarre. Anti-vaxxers are creepy to me. Hey, medicine that will stop my child from a variety of diseases that cause death or paralysis? Nah, gonna listen to the prophet Jenny McCarthy and roll the dice with polio.
Republicans are now trying to cast anybody who has some misgivings over a Trump-rushed vaccine into the same camp as anti-vaxxers. To say this is disingenuous would be an understatement. Virtually everything Trump has ever spewed from the Oval Office (and before!) has been a self-serving lie. His promises that a vaccine would be available by October is just another lie, designed to get himself 4 more years of watching Fox News from the White House. But, don’t take my word for it. Let’s see what the CDC has to say:
The CDC now confirming what other officials have been quietly trying to tell us: a vaccine won’t be widely available until “the second or third quarter” of next year. https://t.co/XiDfMce6Hk
— Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) September 16, 2020
Trump has decided to just ignore science, again, and try to push through this by saying the CDC director was wrong and misspoke. For all we know Trump could be using a heat ray on him right now to get him to change his story.
So what does this all mean for me? Well, I for one will not be heading out to get a Trump-rushed vaccine anytime soon. At least not in 2020. I think I’ll wait to see what science has to say than a game show host. Trump has proved time and time again that his word is completely worthless and we need to be skeptical of everything that he says or does. It’s sad that it has come to this but here we are.
A Maine wedding has been linked to 7 deaths (of people who didn’t even attend the wedding) and at least 170 cases. I know, people just want to go back to normal, and there is tremendous peer pressure coming from Trump on down that it’s not really dangerous, but you are taking people’s lives into your selfish hands when you do just that.
Who would have thought that Texas was juking their covid stats? I’m sure Florida’s is on the up and up though.
Trump wanted to use a heat ray on protesters. Oh, it’s too early in the morning for this kind of shit. He’s moved into bond villain territory now:
Safety and ethics worries sidelined a “heat ray” for years. The feds asked about using it on protesters. https://t.co/nUbfMZWRAE
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 17, 2020
William Barr wanted the mayor of Seattle arrested for allowing a police-free protest zone. Barr is far more than your usual Trump sycophant. He’s a tyrant himself. Barr is also comparing the lockdown to slavery. Because a forced lockdown in an attempt to save hundreds of thousands of lives is exactly the same as buying and selling human beings. These fucking people.
Do you think Susan Collins is concerned about this?
Sara Gideon (D) 54%
Susan Collins (R) 42%
South Carolina Senate
Lindsey Graham (R) 48%
Jaime Harrison (D) 48%
Mitch McConnell (R) 53%
Amy McGrath 41%
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 16, 2020
Oh and that Lindsey Graham poll. I don’t want to get too excited about it because he’ll most likely pull through (I mean, it’s South Carolina), but the fact that he is sweaty right now about it fills me with some joy and I’ll take any of that I can get right now.
This is still really bleak:
JUST IN: 860,000 Americans lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, according to the Labor Department.
The latest tally shows that new jobless claims have dipped significantly since peaking at 6.9 million in the last week of March. https://t.co/UrCA2elkbc
— ABC News (@ABC) September 17, 2020
From Reddit: An old church in France. There’s a debate in that thread and another reddit thread as to where this church is located and what the current state of it is. The two candidates are between Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux in Caen and La chapelle du Domaine de Vic in Conques sur Obiel, Aude.
Not since keyboard cat have we seen such feline virtuosity:
I laughed until I had hiccups pic.twitter.com/LNoKzxqhRD
— Hitsugi Hime: Officially Certified! (@HitsugiChan) September 15, 2020
This week is a bit busy so forgive the smaller than usual posts.
Oooh, Halloween this year will be a rare blue moon.
Over 200,000 Americans have now died from Covid-19.
Trump had a town hall last night. It did not go well. There are a million clips of it on twitter and YouTube, each more crazy than the last, but this is the one that I just can’t get over. Trump is blaming Biden for not leading the country through the pandemic. Let’s repeat that. The President of the United States, is blaming his opponent, a man who is currently NOT president, nor even in office in any capacity, for not passing any laws or leading the country during a pandemic when Trump is President. It’s like me blaming YOU for doing a shitty job on the material being posted to this blog. DO BETTER READER!
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 16, 2020
Scientific American has been around for 175 and has never endorsed a candidate for president. Until now. They are endorsing Joe Biden.
— John Cole (@Johngcole) September 16, 2020
A train a tad too high meets a bridge a tad too low and a storrowing occurs.
Christine McConnell bought an old spooky Victorian house in New York without stepping foot in it, and just posted a video of her moving across country along with her first moments receiving the key and stepping inside the assuredly haunted foyer.
Didn’t she have a Netflix show at some point? I remember watching the first episode and I forget why I didn’t watch more. (Just logged in, found it; The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, and added it to my Autumn watching list)