Ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the United States:

That is…pathetic.

You know, a few days ago Alex mentioned stumbling across Obama’s last Gridiron Dinner speech, in 2016. I mentioned then what I believe to be true, that while obviously that wasn’t a speech the president wrote himself, he had some good help. Obama always had great speechwriters, and he could call on special teams when needed. I believe the Daily Show writers room helped out for comedy events like that.

But then, creatives loved Obama, and still do. Witness all the spectacular entertainers who would crawl over broken glass for an East Room gig. If he needed a funny speech, I’m sure he could get one within 24 hours. A sparkling conversationalist to glam up the head table at a state dinner? An intimate acoustic set on a Wednesday night? Ditto.

Then think: Who has played for the Trumps? Have the Trumps even invited anyone to play for them, or for their guests? We all know the embarrassments. The Rolling Stones have apparently sent multiple cease-and-desists over their songs being used at his rallies. The last July 4 celebration featured a military band of some sort, with some hapless soldier-vocalist plowing through “Uptown Funk” in the same spot the original artist performed it five years ago…for the Obamas. We know about Three Doors Down at the inauguration, the usual Lee Greenwood and contemporary-country B-listers who get booked for these things.

So it figures that they’re not getting the best zinger writers, either. “We’re not going to let Joe Biden and Kamala Harris cut America’s meat” doesn’t even make sense, at least not in the instant way a punchline has to land. Cut consumption? Cut it up with a knife, like Mother does? This is all they have?

Of course, they went after Michelle Obama, one of the most charming and charismatic First Ladies in history, for the crime — the crime, I say! — of trying to improve the diet of American children. They don’t have many legs to stand on here.

OK, then.

On to the weekend. I’m reading about Kamala, the post office, and other stuff. Saturday, I’m driving Kate to Athens, to pick up the band’s Kia, which broke down en route home from a camping trip. It’ll be my first time there since Kate was…in utero. I remember going to a Post reunion and telling everyone I was pregnant. I wonder if anything’s changed.

I guess I should take some pictures.

You all have a good one. Summer is fleeting. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Posted at 10:07 pm in Current events |

61 responses to “Zingers.”

  1. alex said on August 13, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Entirely possible that Pence is so un-self-aware that he’s just laying his castration complex right out there. He knows there’s a debate coming up and he’s going to come up short, not to mention exposed and humiliated.

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  2. Mark P said on August 13, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    You remember the old days when Michelle said when they go low, we go high? How quaint that was.

    But those days are over. The only way to handle these people is to draw blood, lots of blood. Cut them off at the ankles, cut them off at the knees, cut them off at the hips, cut them off at the neck. I want to see guys on the stage after a debate mopping up the blood and tossing body parts into a trash bin. I want to see Pence and Trump hauled away in wheelbarrows, with a leg or an arm falling out on the way. I want to see Pence run off the stage crying for his mommy, and I want to see Trump frantically looking for a bathroom, pressing his hands against front and rear.

    I want to see pain and humiliation.

    If there were a god I would pray for it.

    If there were a god
    I wouldn’t have to pray for it.

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  3. Dexter Friend said on August 14, 2020 at 2:31 am

    I suppose there must be a YouTube out there in which Kamala Harris states her name, so I can know what to call her. Even on MSNBC, which runs the same storylines by the hour, with changing hosts, even they pronounce her name differently. Excusing the many inflections is easy, but is is it CAM-uh-luh, or Kahm-uh-lah?

    Has the Post Office disaster affected you? My mortgage bill arrived the same day it was due, and some medical supplies arrived 2 weeks late. The bank told me to note the due date and just pay by phone, for a mere $7 fee. I live 60 seconds from the bank drive-through…seven bucks is enough for an old retiree to buck at that bullshit.

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  4. beb said on August 14, 2020 at 3:07 am

    I see where the Trumps are claiming Ms Harris isn’t a citizen even though she was born in LA. Trump called her a “nasty” girl but he calls all women “nasty” so that doesn’t work anymore. He called her “stupid” and she asked him to reveal his college grades and compare hers to his. Calling her tough on crime won;t work when Trump is waving around paranoia about rising crime. Trump’s usual lines of attack aren’t going to work on her.

    Biden has been very closed mouth about prosecuting the Trump administration. This is understandable since prosecuting the previous administration is what banana republics do. Yet I think he also knows that there was a lot of things done that were wrong and not merely wrong but unconstitutional. One of Obama’s greatest failings was his decision to not look back at the economic disaster he inherited. There will be a lot of pushback if Biden tries to just sweep Trump, Barr and Pompeo under the rug.

    I wish we could just vote him out of office now. The wait is just too much.

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  5. ROGirl said on August 14, 2020 at 6:48 am

    There are a lot of headlines that refer to Trump’s airing of claims about Harris’s birth as a conspiracy theory. It’s false, it’s a lie, not a conspiracy theory. There should be a moratorium on throwing the label of conspiracy theory on every lie that comes out of his mouth. It just buys into his tactics.

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  6. Julie Robinson said on August 14, 2020 at 9:27 am

    It’s Comma-la, Dexter.

    https://tinyurl.com/y2wst2xj WaPo Opinion piece about Tucker Carlson purposely mangling her name and reacting with belligerence when corrected. Just another way to bully and belittle, practiced by our Pres and VP. This is important. This matters.

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  7. LAMary said on August 14, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Beb, I thought it was AOC who asked Trump to compare college grades. She said she would pay the post office bail out if she lost.

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  8. jcburns said on August 14, 2020 at 10:05 am

    The approach of trying to smear a person on the basis of “he/she is not like us” has galled me since 8th grade. It was on my list of Stuff I’m Sure My Generation Would Make Better, and sadly, that list remains undiminished.

    And of course they’re trying it with Ms. Harris.Her name? Her parentage? I fear they’re just getting started. Talk about going low.

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  9. Heather said on August 14, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Ralph Nader is demanding AOC’s attention because he has some advice for her. As someone on my Twitter feed responded, she doesn’t need his advice–she actually wins elections.


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  10. beb said on August 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Yeh, Nancy, for you Deadline Detroit column

    LAMAry, you are right. I was so wrapped up in the Kamala Harris lies that I conflated the two. AOC did challenge Trump to compare college grades. I forgot that Trump is an equal opportunity misogynist.

    Wait, Ralph Nader is still alive? He was wrong about the Covair and he’s been wrong about everything else since. He’s Larry Kudlow level wrong about stuff.

    The other Deadline Detroit article I saw involved a new transit lane on I-94 or Michigan Ave between Detroit and Ann Arbor. We dinlt need autoonomous, just a dedicated bus lane.

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  11. Julie Robinson said on August 14, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    beb, I drove a Corvair for a few years. I’m not convinced Nader was wrong.

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  12. Peter said on August 14, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I don’t know which pundit said it, but he said that Kamala has figured out how to get to Trump. People think that calling him out as a bully and a liar would do it, but it doesn’t – he’s happy that people think he’s a bully, and he doesn’t care if you call him a liar – it just shows that he can lie and get away with it. Kamala has found his sore spot – Daddy’s money. That quip about him inheriting a good economy from Obama and Biden and running it into the ground because that’s all he knows what to do has set him off. And for that, I’m glad.

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  13. Deborah said on August 14, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I tried calling McConnell this morning but his line is jammed, I left a long message on his website but I had to fill out my name and email etc, so I’ll probably start getting a bunch of crap from him. This whole defunding the USPS is the last straw.

    Walter Shaub asked what people would be willing to give up if we’re about to become an authoritarian country, I had to think about that, I’d be willing to go to jail if I had to if I got arrested at a mass protest. I’d be willing to put my health and maybe life on the line and go to such a protest. If it comes to that, I would do it. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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  14. Deborah said on August 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Nancy, good for you, I just read your Deadline Detroit piece. Everyone who has a platform needs to do the same thing, and I mean everyone.

    Also, Michael Clayton is also one of my favorite movies.

    And Joe before you get on your high horse I will stand in line at the voting booth in Chicago if that’s what it comes down to, but there are a lot of people who won’t be able to do that. I will be 70 by Election Day.

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  15. Jakash said on August 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    That’s an excellent column or article or whatever it is that beb (@ 10) linked to at DD, NN … er, ND. (He said, having deployed the “internet trope: ‘the quiet part out loud'” in a comment here yesterday.)

    What this criminal charlatan seems to get away with is mind-boggling, indeed. Having read what this site’s #1 Trumper had to say about the Postal Service in the previous thread, when I alluded to how screwing the mail will affect veterans, also boggles the mind. The days when the Republicans were supposedly the “patriotic” party are officially over, as if that wasn’t clear enough already.

    I’m moderately hopeful that this is being done so brazenly that even the dysfunctional folks in Washington have time to do something about it. And that getting mail delivered efficiently is not a partisan issue, try as the Maximum Leader will to make it one.

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  16. Jeff Borden said on August 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    It’s particularly rich when tRumpy and the worms in the GOP cast aspersions on Kamala Harris’ citizenship. Have we forgotten that Princess Nepotism, Sluggo, Fredo and Barron are all anchor babies? Every fucking one of them. Ivana was not a U.S. citizen when she delivered the oldest three. Ditto for Melania with Barron. Oh, and Melania committed “chain migration” by getting her folks over here from Slovenia.

    I’m writing one letter per day to advertisers on Fucks News, advising them of my disgust with the blatant racism and sexism on display ever day and promising not to spend my money on their offerings. Media Matters has a list of the largest advertisers, but I don’t want to talk to their customer service people, so I research who the top honchos are and target them. For publicly traded companies, you can usually find board member names and addresses if you look. Most respectable companies and people don’t want to be dubbed racist enablers.

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  17. Jeff Borden said on August 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Conservatives have had a hard-on for the Postal Service for more years than I can remember. I think I know why.

    Conservatives believe EVERYTHING must make money. The charter school scams and the for-profit diploma factories favored by people like Cruella de Vos are one example. Mercenaries and military contractors are another. Why send soldiers or Marines out when you can hire a private army like those favored by Evil Eric Prince to do the same task at a much higher price? And without those pesky “rules of engagement” professional soldiers follow.

    FedEx, UPS and DHL don’t make any money delivering to Bug Tussle, so they send it to the nearest P.O. The for-profits would be unable to step in if the the postal service is choked to death.

    Additionally, a large number of African-Americans work at the Post Office. And hundreds of thousands belong to labor unions. Conservatives drool at the very thought of kicking black workers out and crushing their union. The 100,000-plus workers who are also U.S. military veterans? Collateral damage.

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  18. Deborah said on August 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Jeff B, can you share the addresses of the Fox advertisers where you’re sending your letters, so we can too and send them out to our friends as well.

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  19. Deborah said on August 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    The only way to get the attention of the Republicans is to hit them in the pocketbook, you can talk about shame and morals etc until the cows come home and they couldn’t care less but if you tell them you’re giving all your available political contribution money to their opponents then they might sit up and take notice. So when you contact them about the USPS defunding hideousness they are participating in, be sure to add that you’re funding their opponents in the election, they don’t like to hear that. Just a thought.

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  20. Sherri said on August 14, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Charles Koch has been working to dismantle the USPS since 1970.


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  21. Jeff Borden said on August 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm


    It’s a long list, but here are the top five advertisers by volume on Fox.

    Procter & Gamble
    One Procter & Gamble Plaza
    Cincinnati 45201

    410 Terry Avenue North
    Seattle 98109

    The Kraft Heinz Co.
    200 E. Randolph St.
    Suite 7600
    Chicago 60601

    Pfizer Inc.
    235 E. 42nd St.
    New York 10017

    Best Buy Co. Inc.
    7601 Penn Ave. S.
    Minneapolis 55423

    This can at least get you started.

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  22. Bitter Scribe said on August 14, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Nancy, I don’t tell you often enough how good you are, but this one is brilliant. Yes, yes, YES, right-winger attempts to be clever or even original in any way are so often utterly LAME.

    I can only add that this is why they’re forever whining that Hollywood, the art establishment, the publishing world, etc., is against them. That if Scott Baio isn’t getting asked to play Hamlet or an action hero or whatever the fuck he wants, it’s only because he’s a conservative.

    No, it’s because he and the people who think like him HAVE NO FUCKING TALENT.

    Oh, and Michelle Obama wanting schoolkids to eat healthier? Turns out that did make a difference.

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  23. Joe Kobiela said on August 14, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Bully for you Deborah, while your at it Ask the peaceful protesters to please leave the sick kids in the Ronald McDonald house alone, getting their windows smashed once was probably enough don’t you think.
    Pilot Joe

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  24. Little Bird said on August 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Joe, once again, it’s “you’re”.

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  25. jcburns said on August 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Joe, you know better than that. Peaceful protesters (and there were plenty in Portland, Seattle, Chicago) were just that. They protested. Peacefully. There was some vandalism and looting in all these places by various people but there was this one thing in common: the peaceful protesters were not involved. Stop tarring them with the actions of others.

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  26. Jeff Borden said on August 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    But tarring people is soooooo much fun, J.C.

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  27. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 14, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Nancy, hoping you post some Athens pics. Haven’t been there since February, a wind symphony concert I almost skipped and am so glad I attended. The Lad is student teaching up here and scheduled to go back to Athens in December for commencement, but we doubt it will happen. (And pick me up a Bobcat car magnet; lost mine in the car wash as it started curling on the edges, a sign your kid is past the four year mark, which I suspect is exactly how long they engineer those things to last.)

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  28. FDChief said on August 14, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Ah, Mikey, Mikey…

    Red meat, eh?

    And here I am, without my guillotine. Don’t you hate when that sort of things happen.

    These people need to be shortened by a head. Not for their own sins, rank before the Lord as they are, but pour encourager les autres; the gibbering monkeyhouse of lunatics, fatheads, goobers, and mouthbreathers that are the GOP’s “base”.

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  29. Jakash said on August 14, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Here’s an actual zinger…

    “Imagine if Republicans wanted people not to die as much as they want people not to vote.”


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  30. beb said on August 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    How Trump Is Once Again Colluding With Russia
    There is a story floating around among Conservatives that during a protest in Portland a “stack” of Bibles were burned. Holy Hannah, the athiests are amuck! Only a couple of reports from the often useless NYT look into the matter can found that the rumor came from Russia. There was a smidgen of truth in the matter but the Russians exaggerated, cherry-picked and edited video to make it see more than it is. That is the Russian collusion to help elect Trump this year. Reading this made me wonder if the whole Qanon thing is itself a Russian disinformation program. No one knows who “Q” is, no one knows what he’s in it for. And it’s all the sort of wild tales hysterical (ie FoxViewers) would readily believe. I’m sure the CI knows but as long as Trump is in the White House we will never know.

    Jeff Bordon, it’s not that Conservatives believe everything must make a profit but that they believe they deserve to collects rents off of everything. They don;t care is a thing is profitable, they just want their cut of the gross.

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  31. LAMary said on August 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Trump’s mother wasn’t born in the US. So he and four out of five of his offspring are worthy of as much suspicion as Obama. Maybe more. Definitely more if you’re not thinking of their citizenship status but rather at their ethics, morality, decency. I will exclude Barron since he’s not in public enough to know what he’s like.

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  32. Sherri said on August 14, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Mini-rant about the lack of scientific literacy in the media.

    No, that study did not show that neck gaiters were worse that nothing. No, the CDC did not say immunity after contracting COVID only lasts three months.

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  33. Dexter Friend said on August 15, 2020 at 3:18 am

    I had not heard a symphony orchestra perform since my 3 daughters all played in the Bryan High School Orchestra , lastly 26 years go, until I was going from the pre-op room to the hospital room to wait for my wife’s knee surgery to be done yesterday. I was on the second floor and could not see them but the acoustics were amazing , from just three members of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. Then into an elevator and my 4 minute concert was over. I asked how often this happens, and was told “regularly before this virus.” Now, rarely, and only 3 members at a time.

    I am so sick of Trump I cut my TV news viewing down by a third. This crony Post Office Postmaster General situation should be the tipping point for voters, but then his base thinks he is acting like a fighter for them, I guess. When he says he’ll go all-out to protect Social Security he is lying; he wants to eliminate it by suspending taxes…not cancelling them, suspending them , which would effectively bankrupt the system. I have paid hundreds of dollars a week into FICA in my working days and now as a retiree I depend on the promise I was given. Trump is a disaster, a liar, and a criminal, and an agent of Russia, vying at every turn to gain Putin’s approval. But I refuse to believe Trump will win. The polls are wrong most times, but I believe Joe has a clear path to 270. I predict he will get over 300 Electoral College votes…a landslide.

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  34. Suzanne said on August 15, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Speaking of the Koch brothers, I ran across this tidbit, that I did not know.
    “… the John Birch Society of Indianapolis, which was founded in 1958 by two immensely wealthy men, Robert Welch and Fred C. Koch. (Koch’s sons David and Charles would later build the most formidable private political network in the country.)”

    From the book The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner.

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  35. ROGirl said on August 15, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Frank Rich, who produces some of the best zingers in the biz, referred to Mike Pence’s “oleaginous sycophancy” in this article.


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  36. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 15, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Sherri, thank you for your mini-rant. The gaiter “study” shows that one layer of porous fabric really is no help, but not all gaiters are made that way. Some have thicker fabric and some are layered.

    That and the Bibles burnt in Portland story have plagued me all week both in person and on social media from both the usual overexcited sources and some otherwise reasonable friends; caution on the flag/Bible thing — as Snopes outlines, it did happen, but then Russian disinformation sources worked to pour some digital kerosene on it. As has been noted here before, there’s protests from Noon to 9 pm, then after 10 pm you see some opportunism plus other factions coming into play.


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  37. Deborah said on August 15, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Wow, I just read at the end of Heather Cox Richardson’s daily report that Iowa has lost 43% of their corn and soy bean crops to the Derecho. There wasn’t much press about that. What else can go wrong in 2020?

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  38. alex said on August 15, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Snippets of Michael Cohen’s new book are getting some press today. It opens very salaciously with talk about golden showers. Maybe this will serve as a counterweight to the press coverage of Trump’s birtherism, although I’d much rather they’d focus on the USPS.

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  39. Sherri said on August 15, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Jeff(tmmo), the gaiter study didn’t even show that one layer was no help, because that’s not what it was testing! What the study was, was a proof of concept of a cheap and day methodology for testing masks, not a real test of the effectiveness of masks. One neck gaiter was tested on one person.

    This is why I end up spending way too much time on Twitter. At least on Twitter, I can read subject matter experts.

    And unfortunately, you don’t even need Russian disinformation sources to distort things when you have Fox News, which altered photographs of scenes from Seattle to insert a guy with a gun.

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  40. Julie Robinson said on August 15, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Deborah, I have a lot of family in Iowa, especially in the Cedar Rapids area, and the pictures they’re posting are horrific. Trees with 10 foot root balls on homes and cars, entire streets with trees down in every yard, roofs torn off buildings, grain silos crumpled, on and on. The CR school system has damage at every single building. They were just going to open this week, now they have no idea.

    And then there’s the crops. The corn is flattened to the ground and my mom the farmer says all they can do is plow it into the ground as fertilizer.

    My cousin keeps asking why this hasn’t been picked up by the national media and I haven’t seen any stories, though I did hear one on the radio this morning. They are still working on clearing trees, much less restoring power.

    All my family members are okay, and amazingly the one who farms escaped damage. The derecho took a little curve and missed his farm. But there is a very large swath of damage all across the state.

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  41. Deborah said on August 15, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I know the obvious reason to slow/shut down the USPS is to rig the election but the Trump admin and Republicans are saying it’s to cut costs. Ok if that’s true (which of course it isn’t) then why are they taking automated mail sorting machines away? Wouldn’t keeping those cut labor costs? Hand sorting would take hours and hours more labor, wouldn’t it? I realize that’s not all they’re doing to the USPS but that move is so transparently corrupt. Oh that’s right, they don’t give a flying fuck how corrupt they are.

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  42. Deborah said on August 15, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    As if we needed something else to scream about https://mobile.twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1294484821503336448

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  43. Jim said on August 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    The Cedar Rapids storm damage is a WaPo story.

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  44. susan said on August 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Regarding the USPS: You can send an email—or hey! a letterto the six [white men] who are the suppos-ed bosses of Postmaster General DeJoy. And tell them what you think about his and Trump’s trashing of our public mail system.

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  45. Sherri said on August 15, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    It’s not making national news anymore, because the federal stormtroopers have gone, but the local police in Portland and Seattle are still thugs attacking peaceful protestors.

    The Seattle Times doesn’t like the Seattle City Council, because they’re not business friendly enough, so the ST isn’t really covering the SPD abuses. They’re taking the line that the Council is crazy and drove out the police chief.

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  46. Dorothy said on August 15, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Jim @43 beat me to it – there was a link on the WaPo home page a couple days ago about the storm damage in Iowa. If you read the paper on a PC or MAC, you can see a lot more headlines/links than if you read on a tablet or your phone.

    It’s awful, but I think with so much other news breaking this week – Kamala Harris news, the USPS news, unfortunately the Iowa story got sidelined.

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  47. beb said on August 15, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    So I’m reading today that a three judge panel in the 9th District (which I thought was the liberal district) have ruled that limiting gun magazines to ten bullets violates one’s right to own guns. Honest to God, how can they think that? Owning a gun with a ten bullet clip is still owning a gun. Clips holding 20 or 50 or 100 bullets don’t make the gun any more of a gun. Increasingly the courts seem to divorced from reality, practicality or commonsense I’m ready to throw them on the dumpster fire of history.

    So, how’s your day been? Me? I don’t think I’ve been medicated enough.

    The late of coverage shows that only news from the coast matters and then only the east coast.

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  48. Jakash said on August 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    For our “The postal service is a money loosing fucking train wreck” analyst from the previous thread, and others who remember when Republicans used to care about small businesses.

    A tweet: “Reminder that USPS makes more deliveries in sixteen days than UPS and FedEx combined ship in an entire year.”


    From the article referenced:

    “If we let the US Postal Service die, we’ll be killing small businesses with it.”

    “We shouldn’t evaluate the USPS strictly on balance sheet efficiency, or even as a ‘public good’ in the abstract. We should look at how many thousands of small businesses have been able to get started thanks to the USPS, how hundreds of billions of dollars of commerce is made possible by the USPS annually and how many millions of customers, who otherwise may not have access to goods, have been served by the USPS.”

    “In the end, if we continue to view the USPS as simply a balance sheet and optimize for profitability in a vacuum, we ultimately stand to lose far more than we gain.”

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  49. Sherri said on August 15, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    The Ninth Circuit was considered liberal, so it has been a target of the McConnell/Trump judge-appointing machine. They’ve put 10 judges on the Ninth Circuit. It is no longer a liberal court.

    The Ninth Circuit is now out of sync with the majority of the people it serves.

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  50. Deborah said on August 15, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    LB is making dinner tonight, she is back from pet sitting and my husband is back from Abiquiu. I’m excited because dinner involves roasted green Chiles so yum. We had a fun cocktail hour with our neighbors in Santa Fe who are artists, he’s a painter, she’s an illustrator. Always enjoyable.

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  51. FDChief said on August 15, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    The thing to keep in mind whenever you read ANYthing about the protests in Portland is that the backstory is that the Portland Police Bureau has been a odd lot of worthless, brutally stupid, racist numbnuts whose idea of “policing” is to whip up on random heads, usually heads attached to people of rather dusky hue. The only Portlanders they like are the goddamn Proud Boys.

    They’ve been that worthless through multiple mayors, commissioners, and City administrations ever since I moved here thirty years ago, and that was from a Philadelphia policed by the heirs of Frankie Rizo, so I recognize crap policing when I see it.

    As worthless as the “Homeland Security” cosplay coppers are? PPB is an order of magnitude worse. Pretty much anything up to an including Molitov cocktails should be considered fair play if they result in the complete rebuild-from-the-bottom-up of the Bureau.

    I’m not kidding. The only way to “reform” the Portland coppers would be to fire 98% of them, including everyone over the rank of street cop, and then bring in people who believe in actually “protecting and serving” to make a new start. Seriously. Burn the bastard to the waterline, hull and sticks, because it’s a plague ship and always has been.

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  52. Dexter Friend said on August 16, 2020 at 12:54 am

    I was really mad to see all the mail-drop boxes being ripped out and trucked away all over the country at orders of Trump through the new P.G. Now , thanks to social media outcries, the practice has been halted. I had to check 4 sources to even believe it was happening. Trump is a deranged idiot, a monster who gets his energy from his base and those see no evil–speak no evil Senators. This is making me sick. NBC Nightly News showed a warehouse storing the poor disenfranchised mailboxes. Shame!

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  53. Connie said on August 16, 2020 at 9:29 am


    Iowa storm on the online front page today.

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  54. David C said on August 16, 2020 at 9:30 am

    That they’ve stopped ripping down mail boxes most likely means they’ve done the damage they hoped to do so it’s not much of a concession anymore. They need to be made to put them back.

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  55. alex said on August 16, 2020 at 11:04 am

    The only people arguing that the post office is a government boondoggle that needs to be privatized are crony capitalists who want to take it over, cut service and line their pockets with the difference. They’re also eager to plunder the VA health care system the same way. They’ve done a fair job of snookering the public into believing that the government can’t do anything right, never mind that consumers are satisfied with the services they get from both while it’s the private sector that costs far more and delivers far less.

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  56. LAMary said on August 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Donald J. Trump
    Aug 14
    I have done more for WOMEN than just about any President in HISTORY! As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women’s voting rights, we should build a BEAUTIFUL STATUE in Washington D.C. to honor the many brave women who made this possible for our GREAT COUNTRY…

    A tweet from you know who. How come women and black Americans don’t thank him for all he’s done for us? Why are we unaware of the great things he’s done? It’s a mystery.

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  57. Jeff Borden said on August 16, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    We’ve always noticed the difference between our mail carriers and the postal employees at the desk of our local branch. The carriers have been wonderful through our almost 28 years at this address. . .one of them used to leave dog treats for Cosmo on the window sill by our door. They are out delivering by flashlights and headlamps as late as 7 or 7:30 p.m. They rarely make a mistake. But those idiots indoors? Maddening. Slow, cranky, imperious in their customer service. And if there are 20 people in line and it’s break time, well, tough toenails customers.

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  58. Deborah said on August 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    We have more problems with Fed-ex and UPS in Santa Fe. They often deliver our packages to one of the houses down our lane or they leave packages for us outside the unlocked gate instead of coming in the yard to drop them off at the proper unit. Just yesterday a chair I ordered online got delivered to the wrong place, thank goodness another neighbor noticed the large box sitting in a parking lot to another building and alerted us. USPS hasn’t done anything like that, that I can remember. Our local mail carriers are the friendliest people, we love them.

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  59. Deborah said on August 16, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    This seems very helpful, wish they would do this for every election https://www.axios.com/how-to-vote-by-state-2020-307c3d17-ee57-4a1b-8bad-182ca1cdb752.html?utm_campaign=organic&utm_medium=socialshare&utm_source=twitter

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  60. Sherri said on August 16, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Do any of the people who think the postal service is a wreck understand the scale difference between the USPS and UPS/Fedex? Or that those private services offload a substantial portion of their load to the USPS? And I’m not talking about just packages to rural areas – I’ve got a package I’m waiting for that has been sent UPS SurePost, which means that UPS has handed it off to the USPS. Thanks to DeJoyless, it’s in the limbo land of slowed down delivery. Fortunately, it’s nothing important.

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  61. Deggjr said on August 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Several complaints about the media coverage of the Iowa storm have surfaced in my FB feed. The storm was clearly bad and will affect us all. At some point before the pandemic is over, eating is going to become even more important.

    At the same time, what do the Iowa/media complainers want? Are they envious of the daily coverage of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria?

    They should study the Trump Administration’s response to the Coronavirus and not take the lack of attention personally.

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