Trump’s Failing Coup and Florida Man Does Good – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, November 24

Michigan certified their election results yesterday and Pennsylvania just certified theirs today:

Trump’s attempt at a coup just got even more difficult. We’re really not talking about how serious that could have come if Biden had a slimmer margin of victory though. Biden won overwhelmingly and the GOP is barely acknowledging his victory. If this came down to one state, we’re in a very scary place right now. I’m afraid this may become the norm. Democrats will have to blow out Republicans from now on or they risk having their victories stolen in broad daylight.

In other news, can we discuss how Trump has taken a loss and made it into almost a two week extravaganza of losing every single day in courts around the country?


Trumper Emily Murphy the Administrator of the GSA who runs it like it’s her personal fiefdom finally signed the letter authorizing Biden to get federal funds, office space, and other transitional goodies. She was supposed to do this two weeks ago but fascist tendencies are strong in that crowd.

Trump immediately took credit for her signing the letter even though she clearly states that he was not involved. The media took Trump’s tweet as a sign of concession. So of course, he had to clarify his tweet by a different tweet:


Well, the freedom thing is going really well:


Florida man, no WAIT FOR IT.  WHY DID YOU ASSUME THIS WAS GOING TO BE SOMETHING STUPID?  Florida man dives into a pond and saves a puppy from an alligator while never losing his cigar.

Don’t even think about messing with this Florida man’s puppy.

Richard Wilbanks, 74, acted swiftly when his 3-month-old pup Gunner was snatched by an alligator in the backyard pond of his home in Estero, near South Florida’s Gulf Coast.

In a stunning video, Wilbanks wrestles the young gator in waist-deep water, bringing it above the surface and prying open its jaws to release the King Charles Cavalier spaniel.

“We were just out walking by the pond,” Wilbanks told CNN, “and it came out of the water like a missile. I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick.”

Acting on adrenaline or instinct, Wilbanks said he just “automatically jumped into the water.”

He said he sustained some injuries to his hands and went to the doctor for a tetanus shot to be safe.

Gunner had one small puncture wound to his belly, but is doing fine after a trip to the vet, Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks told WINK News that he understands this is the alligator’s home and does not want it removed from the pond. He urged other pet owners to keep their animals away from the water’s edge.


Elmore James, “It Hurts Me Too”:

Passing the Thanksgiving This Year – What I Learned Today – Monday, November 23

Thanksgiving is cancelled this year.  At least in my house it is. Yes, I know that it kinda sucks that we lose the holiday that involves being around friends and family and eating as much food as you can possibly stuff into your gullet, but I’d rather not try to recreate the 17th century pilgrim thanksgiving/biological warfare combo. Mrs. C and I will make small turkey, roast some veggies, maybe make a dessert and have some wine. It’s 2020 after all.


Zoom is removing their 40 minute limit for free accounts for Zoomsgiving:

More than 1 million people traveled by plane in the US in one day, despite CDC COVID-19 guidelines

This past week was the deadliest week of the pandemic so far:

The CDC is warning against cruise travel and for the LIFE OF ME, I cannot figure who on Earth would actually get on a cruise during the height of a pandemic. Of course, Trump got over 70 million votes so I guess we just live in a stupid, stupid world.


Trump is distancing himself from his former legal team member Sidney Powell because… well, who knows?


HA! This made me so happy.  A German covid denier (wtf?) compares herself to a Nazi resistance fighter and the guy working security quits on the spot.


A lovely little short on extinct (or nearly extinct) public phone booth:


Big Bill Broozy plays “Hey Hey”

The GOP is a Death Cult and Spaghetti that Kills – What I Learned Today – Wednesday, November 18

Senator Sherrod Brown on wearing a mask in the Senate:

And the next day:

Why is the GOP so hellbent on killing everyone? Including their own people!


Trump fired the DHS cryptosecurity chief by tweet for the crime of, telling the truth.

During the middle of that, a two GOP members on a board of canvassers for a county in Michigan that includes Detroit, refused to certify the election results before realizing that it probably wasn’t their best interest in starting a coup and finally voted to certify. One of the board members didn’t hold back in his criticism of the two trumpets:

 


Trump’s legal team is doing poorly in the courts:

Not a bad record for Giuliani who asked Trump for $20,000 a day for his “work”.


It’s becoming more clear everyday that there was a massive attempt at voter fraud.  Here’s one of the perpetrators:


Even Fox News is basically telling Trump to start the transition process:


This MAGAt mom is laying into a teacher for teaching students, er, facts:


A recipe for Pasta All’Assassina:

 

What I Learned Today – Thursday, November 12

Always read the fine print.  Especially when you’re dealing with a known grifter: Donations under $8K to Trump ‘election defense’ instead go to president, RNC.

Mark Meadows is planning a flurry of Executive Orders during Trump’s remaining days in office.

The GOP is a party of cowardice.


A new day, a new covid record in the US:


Art restoration in Spain adds another win to their growing list:

Monkey Christ approves:


 

Happy Veteran’s Day! What I Learned Today – Wednesday, November 11

I hate being THAT GUY.  You know, the one who can turn a victory into a complete disaster. That guy who sees that Biden has now won by over 5 million votes, the biggest percentage of victory since FDR, will end up with 306 Electoral Votes, and still wonder how Trump will remain in office.  And I’m not quite up to THAT GUY levels yet. But I’m starting to get a bit nervous. Trump is psychotic. I don’t think he is lying about the fraudulent voting.  I think he actually believes this. He is completely divorced from reality at this point. And he is doing what has always worked for him before. Blustering, sending his legal team out to chip away, and radicalize his cult. The Republicans first started saying they were humoring him, but they have said that about every crazy whim that he has done now before ultimately backing him up with every dirty trick they can muster. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will succeed, and I don’t give them much of a chance at that either. But the damage that they can do could be catastrophic. A militia was trying to kidnap the governor of Michigan a few weeks ago. Do you think Trump shrieking that he is being cheated out of the presidency is going to calm these militia cultist types?

I guess my question is, what now? What happens if Trump keeps clinging to these wild assertions for weeks? It’s just so exhausting.

 


This looks bad. Somebody should have warned us that this covid thing was real and dangerous:

Ron DeSantis hired somebody for his Covid data team. The man they deemed best for the job was a covid conspiracy theorist who has ranted against masks.


Looks like the Trump Administration is too busy chasing other shiny objects (A COUP!) and has forgotten about their Tik Tok ban:


A rare early recording of Janis Joplin singing Me and Bobby McGee:

Sore Loser – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, November 10

It is Tuesday morning and we’re at the stage of the election where Trump has not only not conceded, but is sending his toadies out to sue to invalidate the results in several states.

The White House is blocking agencies from cooperating with Biden’s transition team.


U.S. Covid hospitalizations area at a record high. I haven’t heard the “flatten the curve” battle cry since at least June so I guess we have just almost completely given up now?


Madame Tussauds in Berlin has one of the best likenesses of our lame duck president yet:


This is terrifying:


Mood:

President-Elect Joe Biden – What I Learned Today – Monday, November 9

I don’t know about everyone else, but I am mentally drained.  In a good way though. After holding our collective breaths for almost a week straight, that exhale felt pretty damn good. Yesterday I did absolutely nothing and it felt wonderful. It also means I’m buried in work since I couldn’t concentrate at all after Monday last week so about to dig in but wanted to post some quick links for the day.


There is hope that a vaccine is on the way (although more research is needed). From the NY Times: Pfizer’s Early Data Shows Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective.

Trump and Pence are trying to take credit for it but Pfizer has said they had no part of their “warp speed” thingie.


Stock market futures are up 1,700 points as I write this (a few minutes before opening bell).  It will be an interesting day on Wall Street.


President-Elect Biden (That felt really good to type) is selecting his COVID-19 Advisory Board.  (No, Dr. Fauci is not on it because he’s in government already and we’re not quite there yet.  I’m sure he’ll have a big spot come January 20th though.) One name that people are talking about is this:


Defeated loser and petulant man-child, Donald Trump, is refusing to admit that he lost the presidency in every way a person could lose the presidency and is vowing to fight this in court.

 

How much kompromat does Trump have on Lindsay Graham? Graham: If Trump concedes election, Republicans will ‘never’ elect another president.


Germany seems excited that Trump lost:


The evangelists are taking the loss in stride and not acting like complete lunatics at all!


John Oliver on the election: