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.
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
This video may not interest you unless you’re a cello geek (like me) or are really into classical music but it’s the great Rostropovitch talking about one of my favorite musical pieces. Everybody knows (or had heard) Bach’s prelude to the first cello suite in G. I think it’s a law that it has to be played at least once at every wedding. But the 2nd prelude is just so much deeper and more soulful. Granted, I’m a minor key kinda guy.
Trump said Michelle Obama is the one in “over her head.” He cited the fact that she taped her speech, rather than doing it live, and “she had the wrong deaths.”
Obama said “more than 150,000” Americans have died from the coronavirus. It is now more than 170,000.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 18, 2020
I hate conspiracy theories. At first glance, it would be easy to say that the idea that Trump installed his own US Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy (who himself is heavily invested in USPS competitors) in an attempt to derail voting by mail during a pandemic when most people would prefer not going to a polling station sounds like a run of the mill wacky conspiracy theory. Of course, in Trumpian overly-written super villain fashion, he blurted the plan out loud to everybody and continues to tweet out accusations of a fraudulent election that won’t even take place for the next few months.
I mean, give him this: he’s not coy. https://t.co/qvYJp9ATPW
— CompletePsychoHat (@Popehat) August 15, 2020
So what is going on exactly? Let’s start with an first hand account from an anonymous postal worker about what they have seen going on in the USPS since DeJoy took over:
See, up until just two months ago, every letter carrier, clerk, mail handler, truck driver, etc, worked under one pretty simple philosophy: every piece, every address, every day. Everyone in the chain of custody for mail made sure every piece got as far along in the system as it could, and if it made it to my hands, in my office, it was getting delivered. That’s how I’ve done it for my career, how the guys who have been doing it for forty years have always done it, and that’s literally how Ben Fucking Franklin’s guys did it. You can almost hear Aaron Sorkin’s orgasm as he punches up the Bradley Whitford speech about the majesty of it all.
But two months ago is also when that abruptly stopped. After a couple hundred years, it just…stopped. On the ground floor, there’s a lot of arguing about who is ordering what, and what’s going to be permanent, and what’s going to be a trial run, but at the end of the day, the result is obvious: I go into my job, every single morning, and don’t deliver hundreds of pieces of available mail that used to get delivered. The only reason given is some vague nonsense about “operational efficiency” and “cost savings.”
We’re not just talking about your Subway Coupons and AT&T ads. We’re talking everything. Election mailers, ballots, paychecks, social security checks, unemployment benefits, tax documents, business correspondence, your grandma’s birthday card, Amazon parcels, that DIY crap you won’t stop buying on Etsy, fucking medication. All of it just left behind. It didn’t make an arbitrary cutoff time decided by some simpleton who bought the job a couple weeks ago, and he knows best, so fuck your nitroglycerin, gramps. Hope today’s not the day the ol’ ticker gives out.
You know that old motto-that-isn’t-actually-our-motto? The whole “Neither rain, nor snow…” spiel about getting the mail to you? We actually took that pretty damn seriously. Like I said, I’ve worked the better part of a decade for this agency, and I can count on zero hands how many times I’ve personally withheld delivery of mail without a goddamn good reason. I’ve jumped fences, climbed walls, MacGyver’d my way past broken locks, outrun dogs, split my pants in a downpour and gone for another five hours anyway, all because maybe, very possibly, I was holding something important to someone that they’d been waiting on.
?It certainly appears that @USPS is targeting Democratic areas with near surgical precision for reductions of sorting capacity.
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) August 15, 2020
D.C. organizers figured out postmaster general Louis DeJoy has a condo in Kalorama, so they’re holding a “No Joy for DeJoy” noise demo at his building and stuffing mock absentee ballots into the gates. https://t.co/mSIDcdiB1l
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) August 15, 2020