The QOP


Oh boy, where to start with this one.  I took a bit of a break from the last few news cycles. Biden is President and busy trying to undo the worst of Trump’s executive orders but it will take some time to reverse most of the damage from President Sharpie. But I seem to have missed the latest videos, social media posts, and school shooting victim stalking from the latest nutjob to be elected to the GOP, Q-anon enthusiast Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Allow me to go through the archives here to catch up on what Representative Crazy Eyes has been up to.

From CNN, Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress:

In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the “deep state” working against Trump.

In one Facebook post from April 2018, Greene wrote conspiratorially about the Iran Deal, one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. A commenter asked Greene, “Now do we get to hang them ?? Meaning H & O ???,” referring to Obama and Hillary Clinton.

I’m fairly certain most of us would be fired and escorted from the building if we publicly displayed enthusiasm for the murder of our colleagues.

Marjorie’s love of conspiracy theories doesn’t just begin and end with QAnon.  She also thinks the Sandy Hook school shooting was just a false flag:

Here she is chasing down and harassing school shooting survivor, David Hogg.

And of course there’s more insanity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GOP’s Surprise Covid Party

Well, well, well.  It looks like the Republican’s ghoulish joy of replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit a bit of a snag when the event they held seemed to be such a superspreader event that they might as well have called it Coronapalooza.  Here’s the current count of high profile republicans or other dimwitted event attendees who have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

Donald Trump
Melania Trump
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WY)
Kellyanne Conway (R-Gaslight Junction)
Hope Hicks
Chris Christie
Ronna McDaniel (GOP Chair and niece of Pierre Delecto)
Bill Stiepen (Trump campaign manager)
Nick Luna (Trump’s body man. Imagine having that title on your CV)
President of Notre Dame

There are some conspiracies out there that this must have been some kind of biological warfare being played by Democrats because what could possibly be the chances of ALL OF THESE people coming down with covid when all they did was to congregate in close quarters (the event was outside and inside) without masks and hug each other with unbridled enthusiasm about the chance to put women in jail for having abortions and to take away healthcare from those without jobs.

Because we’re dealing with Trump, there is a lot of false information put out there by his various surrogates, but also because we’re dealing with Trump and his ilk, who are as inept as they are dishonest, his doctor inadvertently let the timing of his diagnosis slip stating on Saturday that it had been 72 hours since he had tested positive. He has since tried to walk it back but this time frame makes a lot of sense given that it usually takes a few days for symptoms to develop. It appears that he tested positive sometime on Wednesday which he attempted to hide while still attending campaign functions. By Thursday evening it appears that he became symptomatic, and tweeted that he had tested positive and would be quarantining. They clumsily released Hope Hicks’ results first implying that she gave it to him.  According to this Vanity Fair story, by Friday his temperature had skyrocketed and his symptoms became more severe. His medical team realized that he needed to be in a hospital. Trump himself started worrying that he was about to die.

Saturday morning after he had spent the night at the hospital was when there was the presser with the doctor who was vague outside of the time frame slip up. Mark Meadows went off record ON A LIVE FEED NO LESS, and admitted that it was a lot worse than what the doctors were saying. This pushed Trump into doing a few rushed pictures of how hard he was at work practicing his penmanship on a blank piece of paper somewhere inside Walter Reed.

What happens next?  Well, in a just world, those who were following Trump’s lead that Covid-19 was just the flu would start questioning this given that not only has their own personal Jim Jones become infected to the point that he has been hospitalized and it may be touch and go, but infection rates are rising alarmingly fast across the country. We are starting to close in on 8 million infected and 215,000 dead in a span of 8 months. If they had any sense at all, they would start taking it seriously.  But, sadly, if they had any sense at all they wouldn’t have put their hope in a business person who has gone bankrupt time and time again while losing so much money that he doesn’t even pay taxes. This won’t change their minds.

So now what when it comes to Trump and the election? The fact is that Trump has Covid-19, is obese, and 74 years old. His best case scenario is that he could be looking at a long recovery ahead. Will he still be in the hospital on election night? What happens if his condition deteriorates? We’re really in uncharted waters here. I’m sure Trump’s usual band of merry liars will be all over the cable news saying that lots of doctors are impressed with Trump’s stamina and his beautiful breathing with 150% oxygen saturation levels. I’m wondering if they are outfitting the White House with an emergency respirator just in case while they prop him up at the resolute desk to pretend that everything is normal.

I guess we’re going to have to wait and see what 2020 serves up next.

First Presidential Debate Live Blog

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10:40 PM It’s over.  Mercifully.  I’m headed to bed. Trump doesn’t want a debate, he just wants to filibuster and boast about his shitty lies.

10:36 PM Trump is already declaring the election fraudulent.

10:31 PM On Voting, Biden: “Vote vote vote”.  Trump: “It’s a fraud.”

10:29 PM I’m exhausted.  That’s the update.

10:21 PM


10:16 PM Trump bringing up Ukraine again and again, which got him impeached, is a bit short sighted.  Of course Biden lets it slide.  My god.

10:11 PM Just saying but we could have had taco trucks on every corner instead of this.

10:03 PM Biden to Trump: “You wouldn’t know a suburb if you took a wrong turn.”

10:00 PM An hour into this. Trump won’t stop interrupting and Joe is leaving a lot on the table. Trump asks Biden if he’s in favor of law and order.  Might have been a good time for Joe to bring up the names of everybody in Trump’s administration who is now in jail or charged.

9:55 PM Chris Wallace appeals to Trump to stfu for 2 minutes.  Trump lasts 30 seconds before he has to interject.

9:52 PM This debate is such a mess.

9:50 PM Chris Wallace is just going to let Trump steamroll through again and again.

9:44 PM I’m fairly underwhelmed with Biden hitting back. Trump is giving him a lot of openings to hit on (Nobody got sick from a Trump rally?  SHOUT OUT HERMAN CAIN)

9:35 PM I’m not sure how effective it is for Biden to provide Trump a laugh track. I dunno.

9:23 PM

9:22 PM Chris Wallace to Biden: “the question goes to you, 2 minutes, uninterrupted.”  Biden: “Good luck.:

9:18 PM It’s going to be a long night.  Switching to whiskey.

9:17 PM Trump got 15 minutes in before using a racial slur.

9:14 PM Trump thinks he is debating Chris Wallace now.

9:12 PM Trump is the personification of a stuck CAPS LOCK KEY.

9:06 PM I see Trump with the extra Oompa face dye tonight.

9:00 PM And we’re starting. The audience is spaced out but still look pretty close for my comfort.

8:53 PM Does Trump snort Adderall in powder form or just stick the entire capsule up his nose?

8:32 PM Why is Rick Santorum still getting paid tv gigs?

8:11 PM My debate watching partner has passed out from anxiety:

7:57 PM CNN has dug up 14 undecided voters who are either lying to get onto CNN’s focus group or.  No, that’s the only feasible reason at this point.

7:41 PM Biden has released his tax returns a few hours ago. He actually paid taxes on his income and probably doesn’t even have a golden toilet.  Sucker.

7:37 PM The Trump campaign just did an email blast declaring that Trump won the debate, a good 1.5 hours before the debate actually has begun.

7:30 PM Oh, it starts at 9. I’m so not ready for this.

7:25 PM Ok, I’m watching it on ABC News (I think. I suck at finding any specific channel nowadays) but if you can only watch from the web, here’s the YouTube Embed. I’ll be posting updates on here so you may need to refresh every so often. I have some leftover Shakshuka, a big box of wine (because I’m classy) and a pissed off cat. I’m ready for this.

 

Biden/Harris


Let me preface this by saying that I don’t think there is a person that Biden could have chosen that would have made me reconsider not voting for him on November 3rd. Trump is the worst president of my lifetime, and most likely the worst president in the history of this country. Getting him out of office is paramount. That leaves one option; voting for Joe Biden.

Kamala Harris was one of my early favorites for president. Elizabeth Warren was my top pick and by the time the primary came to Massachusetts, Kamala had already dropped out of the race (and my vote for Warren got her to third place in her own state. How did that happen?) So needless to say, I’m quite pleased that Harris is back on the ticket. She’s a strong pick for VP. I haven’t seen her debate but I have seen her grill quite a few people in Senate committee hearings. She is tenacious and concise in her questions (tools she undoubtedly honed as a former prosecutor) and seeing her face off against the slow-witted misogynist Mike Pence will be a popcorn night for sure.

Harris being the VP, which really wasn’t unexpected, sent Trump’s campaign scurrying for some sort of angle to attack her and coming up fairly empty for the time being. Trump resorted to calling her a nasty woman, which is his default adjective for any woman whom he is threatened by. I’m guessing that Trump’s team was gearing up for Susan Rice to be selected which they could then have unloaded their usual anti-Clinton/Benghazi tropes on but now they may have to send Jared to Wikipedia to try to come up with a new line of attack for Harris.

There are avenues for criticism, such as her stint as an Attorney General for CA, although since the GOP loves to be tough on crime, I’m not sure if they’ll want to go there. That’s a bit too nuanced for today’s Republican party anyway so I expect their main attack will be on her ethnicity and gender as Trump starts questioning her parents’ immigration status. Will he start asking about her birth certificate? You know, the classics. Whatever you think is the low point that Trump will sink, he’ll find a way to tunnel under it.

I’m just glad that Biden made a choice that seems to be adding enthusiasm to his campaign.

 

 

Pete Buttigieg claims victory in Iowa caucuses, though no results have been released

Hey, who needs pesky numbers to win anymore?

Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg declared victory in the Iowa caucuses early Tuesday, despite a botched election process that delayed the release of the state’s results.

“So, we don’t know all the results,” Buttigieg told hundreds of supporters at a rally in Des Moines. “But, we know, by the time it is all said and done, Iowa you have shocked the nation. Because, by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”

Rashida Tlaib boos Hillary Clinton from stage at Bernie Sanders Iowa event

WTF Democrats? Whatever your feelings on Hillary are, this isn’t the way to unite an already splintered Democratic party. And Hillary isn’t even running. This is the same kind of shit that happened last time surrounding Bernie’s followers who ended up not voting or voting Jill Stein which got us into the current situation with the stable genius.

CLIVE, Iowa — Campaign surrogate Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Friday night booed Hillary Clinton from the stage of a Sen. Bernie Sanders event.

With Sanders stuck in Washington due to the Senate impeachment trial, the campaign has had to lean more heavily on surrogates to energize voters in the days leading up to the caucus.

As part of the Friday night concert featuring indie folk band Bon Iver, Tlaib participated in a panel discussion along with House colleagues Reps. Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal.

As they were about to wrap up, moderator Dionna Langford, an Iowa-based activist, brought up recent comments by Hillary Clinton that nobody liked Sanders. At the mention of Clinton’s name, scattered boos could be heard among the fired-up crowd.

“We’re not gonna boo; we’re not gonna boo,” Langford said, attempting to calm the audience. “We’re classy here.”

Tlaib interjected, “I’ll boo.” Then she booed from stage, leading the crowd in another chorus of boos.

Security at debate didn’t realize John Hickenlooper was a candidate

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas – RC1866C8A6A0

I’m with security on this one. Who?

As Hickenlooper, who is participating in Thursday night’s debate, attempted to go inside the hall to take questions from reporters, a security guard stopped him after mistaking him for a member of the press.

“Are you here to pick up press credentials?” the security guard asked, according to NPR’s Scott Detrow.

“I’m a candidate,” Hickenlooper replied.