Which act are we in, anyway?

I see you were chuckling over the Wednesday-night spectacle in Lansing, i.e. day two of the shameful House and Senate Oversight Committees, in which a parade of unsworn, hearsay-spouting paranoiacs tried to persuade the Michigan legislature to throw out the duly conducted and certified election and give the state’s electors to THE REAL WINNER DONALD TRUMP.

The first day was weird enough. The second featured Rudy Giuliani.

My duty at Deadline includes early-morning aggregation shift on Thursdays, i.e. the day we go through stories others have reported, summarize and link them from our own page. Faced with the mess of Wednesday night, I did my best and came up with this. Mellissa C*ron* was the hit of the evening, of course; the internet christened her a “whistledrinker,” but I think she wasn’t drunk on spirits, only on overnight-sensation fameball kind. She was on Lou Dobbs! She was on a million weird internet-based “news channels!” She trended on Twitter! She went viral!

And, I later learned, she too lives in Grosse Pointe Woods. Can’t wait to run into her at Kroger.

Here she is giving some sort of video testimony to some sort of NGO-type group, and honestly, I don’t think she knows what the word “discarded” means. Look deeply into those eyes. It’s kind of scary.

On the other hand, this City of Detroit response to Sidney Powell’s lawsuit is a thing of beauty, the Hammer of Truth ringing on the Anvil of Righteousness:

This is the lawsuit that one-time Trump legal team member Sidney Powell has been promising would be “biblical.” Perhaps, plaintiffs should have consulted with Proverbs 14:5, which teaches that “a faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.”

Few lawsuits breathe more lies than this one. The allegations are little more than fevered rantings of conspiracy theorists built on the work of other conspiracy theorists. Plaintiffs rely on affidavits of so-called “experts”—really confidence men who spread lie after lie under cover of academic credential—which misstate obviously false statistics. These “experts” use academic jargon as if that could transmute their claims from conspiracy theory to legal theory. The key “factual” allegations from the supposed fact witnesses, some of whom attempt to cloak their identities while attacking democracy, have been debunked.

If you’re deep-diving some of the claims made by Team Rudy in this case, you can lap up their point-by-point rebuttals there. It’s very readable.

And so we limp to the end of the week. I’m going to conclude this part of it with some TV. Reading? OK, a little – Monica Hesse on Melania’s last Christmas at the White House, as usual, good stuff:

The fans who love Melania’s Christmas decor — and they are legion, and they are loud — will insist they love it because it’s “elegant”; that Melania has returned “elegance” to the White House.

And maybe this is the disconnect: There are those who feel the White House should be a place of inclusion, a place where you hang up the weird calamari ornament just because Rhode Island made it, and Rhode Island is a part of the country, too. And there are those who feel the White House should be a symbolic showplace, whose inhabitants’ lives are untouched and unbothered by whatever is going on outside of its walls. Melania is not there to welcome you, she is there for you to admire her. When she delivers words, they will be stilted but she will look fantastic doing it.

But there were darker undercurrents to the Melania Christmas debate, too: the defenders of Melania have always insisted on comparing her to her predecessor, Michelle Obama, and it became hard to believe that “elegant” was a code word for anything other than “White.” Melania is “elegant” because she represented a very specific kind of White femininity: silent, lovely, delicately fingering the ornaments that her staff had assembled.

Enjoy your weekend.

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50 responses to “Which act are we in, anyway?”

  1. Margaret said on December 3, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    What a travesty the Trump freak show is turning out to be! An embarrassment, but also terrifying in its zeal to usurp the election. I’ve never found Melania classy or beautiful in the least. She always looks cold and discontented.

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  2. Suzanne said on December 3, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Well, at least Melania must be happy in the knowledge that this is the last time she has to deal with f***ing Christmas.

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  3. Ann said on December 3, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for the link to the lawsuit response. I was hoping it was some clever in-house lawyer but it looks like they farmed it out, probably to an election law firm. Beautiful work in either case.

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  4. Mark P said on December 3, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Melania is a Yahoo’s idea of elegant. That is, Yahoo in the Swiftian sense (“foul, uncultivated, loutish, brutish creatures in the form of men”).

    And, speaking of Yahoos, the Trump/Giuliani circus was in Georgia today. It would be funny if not so tragic to see our stupid state Republicans fighting it out with those buffoons. It’s like a bar fight in a dumpster fire. Secretary of State Raffensperger gave a press conference Wednesday. I was impressed with how he talked about the lies the Trump camp is spouting, and then he ruined it by talking about the upcoming Senate runoff elections. He, the secretary of state, the man responsible for running fair election, said that the Republicans need to get out and vote to retain control of the Senate. He had a chance to at least appear impartial, but relapsed to partisanship.

    Rafael Warnock has a terrific campaign ad. He’s walking along with his dog, talking about the lies of Kelly Loeffler, his opponent. He says we all know what her lies are, as he throws a sack of dog shit into a trash can. The more I see of him, the more I like him. The other Democrat, John Ossof, also has a good ad. It’s just a black woman who owns a restaurant talking about all the troubles she (and we) have been having, and what a bad job David Perdue has done. It’s simple and powerful.

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  5. Deborah said on December 3, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I saw that Warnock ad online, it’s terrific.

    I don’t even know what to say about Gulianni’s shit show, it’s hard to believe how much he can screw up, time after time. Did he really fart loudly during that spectacle in Lansing?

    All is well with my MRI, my brain seems to be ok, but I still have double vision, probably related to the migraines but I have an appointment Monday morning with an ophthalmologist to see if it has something to do with my eyes, like perhaps because of my cataracts.

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  6. LAMary said on December 3, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Melissa’s eyes are weighed down by the Tammy Fay false eyelashes and the pearlescent eyelid shellac. She isn’t burdened by too much intellect, is she? I agree she doesn not know what discarded means. She’s not as feisty as she is when she’s with Giuliani. I still think she had a few Jaegermeisters in the parking garage before testifying.

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  7. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 4, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Drinking? It’s a festival of borderline personality disorder patients, all untreated & unmedicated other than the sweet, sweet liquor of internet fame. The kind of notoriety that is jet fuel for people with BPD.

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  8. JodiP said on December 4, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Jeff TMMO, I was wondering if she was hypomanic, but without getting a good history and doing a diagnostic assessment, it’s difficult to say which shoes fits. But you are so right on that someone with BPD would be loving the attention to fill the vast void inside their hearts.

    Hound update: the people need more training. Let’s just say we’ve decided her theme song is Surfer Girl. The last score was 90% of a cooked pork tenderloin. But Greta is beautiful, a champion cuddler, and is making progress on other training goals!

    In other really random news: I bought a pomegranate that weighs 2.2 pounds and is the size of a very large grapefruit. This makes me very happy.

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  9. Jeff Borden said on December 4, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Also in the Washington Post is humor columnist Alexandra Petri’s vision of the Nine Circles of Melania’s decorations. It’s pretty funny.

    If the fate of our nation were not in the balance, it would be fun to sit back and laugh at the contortions of the GOP as it attempts to navigate the tRump-infested waters of its constituency. But it would be a bitter laugh. There are tens of millions of crazy-assed ‘Muricans out there with an addiction to the Orange King. And there are thousands of Republican politicians perfectly willing to engage in their fascist fantasies if it guarantees election.

    Even if Ossoff and Warnock prevail in Georgia –and, sadly, I don’t think they will– Republicans there already are talking about changing voting laws to make it much more difficult to cast a ballot. Democrats consistently fail to win state governorships and legislatures, handing the GOP the ability to gerrymander and suppress votes with their noxious policies.

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  10. Mark P said on December 4, 2020 at 10:58 am

    I have some hope that Warnock and Ossof will win in Georgia, but I think the probability is very low.

    JodiP, my late Doberman ate an entire roast that was cooling on the range. He pulled it into the floor, ate every bit, and licked the floor so clean we thought the roast had simply disappeared. There was literally no trace left.

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  11. LAMary said on December 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Georgia the large something big mix scored a whole tri-tip once. I had sliced it and left it on the cutting board for about 30 seconds and then, magically, it disappeared. Since the Lab was outside and the cats would have just sat on the cutting board and ate it there, we knew who it had to be.

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  12. Jim said on December 4, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    The longer Sydney Powell and Lin Wood are in the news the better Ossof and Warner’s chances.

    We can also hope tRump’s visit tomorrow goes way off the rails.

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  13. LAMary said on December 4, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I look at the video of Melissa C and Rudy the G and wonder if many people find their appearance as ridiculous as I do. She’s got some serious makeup going on and has that complicated,”oh, I just pulled my hair up into the messy thing” hair puzzle. For a hearing? And Rudy is deeply browned, face and bald pate. Someone must have told him that he looked very pasty on camera. And trump. And Melania. And all the trump spawn. And Kimberly Guilfoyle. Tons of makeup. Hair extensions. Stilettos. I don’t kid myself that Hillary or Michele or even Bill or Barack went on camera barefaced and uncoiffed, but now I see tacky extremes. Inflated lips and boobs. Immobile foreheads. And Melissa in tweeds and plaids and glasses. On the earlier video it was iridescent eyelids, giant eyelashes and some floral thing. To meet the congressmen she wanted to look serious and smart. She wanted to present herself as someone who knew what discard means.

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  14. Julie Robinson said on December 4, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    We have two extended family members with Covid and two who likely have it but refuse to be tested. One was discovered only because he was admitted to the hospital for other reasons. Too much drama.

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  15. Dexter Friend said on December 4, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Everybody’s talkin’ about: The Fart. Immediately a Bernie Taupin tune ran through my head, with new words sung by Elton: “R-R-Rudy and The Fart.” It was audible for sure. So…fact, or another joke? https://www.india.com/viral/viral-video-trumps-lawyer-rudy-giuliani-farts-during-michigan-voter-fraud-hearing-watch-4242781/

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  16. BigHank53 said on December 4, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Ah, so now Melania is “elegant”. I suppose just calling her “expensive” would have been too accurate.

    It reminds me of how I had to listen to people burble over Frank Sinatra’s “class” for decades. Of course we eventually found out how many of his wives and girlfriends he beat. That’s classy. I guess that’s what prompted him to suggest kicking the ass of Sinead O’Connor, who might have been half Frank’s weight. I wonder if he realized she was right about the Pope before he croaked.

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  17. LAMary said on December 4, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I have never seen any sign that Melania has any personality beyond hating everything going on in her life. She smacks away the donald’s hand, she hates fucking Christmas. She was presented as someone who spoke lots of languages and turns out she doesn’t. She doesn’t have a degree and her mother was not a fashion designer. She’s an angry, not very bright, permanent call girl.

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  18. Dexter Friend said on December 5, 2020 at 12:56 am

    LA Mary, Oh yeah? Oh, yeah…guess you’re right. All this talk of the physical beauty of Melania, well, she’s just a pea in a pod of Eastern European expensive sex workers. I just know Jill Biden will be the best FLOTUS since way-back. Off topic: months ago Eric Trump was hilariously compared to Butthead. Since, he is growing into a dead-on ringer. It is uncanny.

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  19. Sherri said on December 5, 2020 at 1:02 am

    In a fit of optimism today, I signed up for a powerlifting conference in Spokane next August, in the hopes that it will be safe to gather indoors by then. Gives me something to look forward to, anyway, at least for now.

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  20. susan said on December 5, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Dexter, I think Matt Gaetz is more Butthead-ish than Ewic.

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  21. Dexter Friend said on December 5, 2020 at 2:01 am

    susan: good catch. Gaetz also has the biggest damn head ever since Jonathan Winters. Gaetz is also a superspreader or at least a superspreader wannabe. And…one of the most stupid motherfuckers I have ever heard speak, right up there with Louie Gohmert.

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  22. ROGirl said on December 5, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Elegance? Icy, dehumanized, an impersonal spectacle with a void beneath the shiny facade.

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  23. alex said on December 5, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Rudy wasn’t the only one recorded this week with crap coming out of both ends:

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/11/school-board-member-found-proud-queer-people-repugnant-resigned-filming-toilet/?fbclid=IwAR0G6TfhmE4ZBO1k0uFQuVMV285gXXAz8H67w5Eu4NFmvUpI6fqDHBehPxw

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  24. Heather said on December 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Melania is objectively attractive, but it’s a very cold beauty. A brittle shell with nothing inside. All those Trump and Fox News women have the same highly processed, corporate style. It’s boring.

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  25. Sherri said on December 5, 2020 at 11:39 am

    What I’m pretty sure about Melania is that nothing we see is real. She’s a stage show. Think about it; do we ever hear about her friends? She pops on stage, does her bit, and disappears.

    I think the Donald, unhappy with the lack of physical attraction displayed by his sons, went looking for a third wife to give him the beautiful son he deserved, and picked Melania. She took the job, produced the requisite boy, and was done, but the Donald didn’t move on.

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  26. LAMary said on December 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Kimberly Guilfoyle has the “aging out of Fox” look. Her performance at the RNC convention and her giant inflated lips leave assuming she shouts everyting. On another note, I wonder how much is spent on premium human hair extensions by the trump clan. A lot, I’m thinking.

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  27. David C said on December 5, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I saw that one earlier this week, Alex. Some of the Twitter responses were pretty strange. There were a lot of “that could happen to any of us” Tweets. Really? I think I can be pretty sure I wouldn’t take my laptop into the shitter and certainly not in the middle of a meeting. Do the words “excuse me, I’ll be right back” not exist in some peoples’ vocabularies?

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  28. Jakash said on December 5, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Deadline Detroit hit the big time yesterday, via Nancy’s colleague Violet Ikonomova. Who could have guessed that the Updo Chatterbox from the Lansing hearing might have skeletons in her closet?

    “Two years before she’d become the breakout star of the clown show Rudy Giuliani brought to Lansing this week, Mellissa Carone was sending her then-boyfriend’s ex-wife graphic videos of the two of them having sex.” (Note: “clown show” in that quote is hyperlinked to Nancy’s story at the top of this post.)

    The story has been retweeted by Molly Jong-Fast, Josh Marshall and who knows how many others, resulting in the DD site being a bit overwhelmed for a while, evidently.

    https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1335041151724826625

    https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1335253780477210626

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  29. Snarkworth said on December 5, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I follow No.10cat on Twitter. He has to live with whoever the Prime Minister happens to be, and has developed an attitude.

    He’s tweeting the Twelve Days of Christmas, and each time his true love sends him a partridge or calling bird, he eats it.

    I wondered what he’d do with the Five Gold Rings. Turns out he sold them on ebay. Used the money to buy French hens, which he ate.

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  30. Suzanne said on December 5, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    “MAGA thought process: We must punish evil China for sending this horrible virus that is just the common cold and we don’t need masks but Trump was a hero for wearing one that one time and God bless him for inventing the miraculous vaccine we’re not going to take.”

    https://twitter.com/patrickw/status/1334954936879214596?s=21

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  31. beb said on December 5, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I’m worried about the calls from Mike Flynn and others for Trump to declare martial law, suspend the Constitution and rerun the election monitored by the military. I think they are serious and I would not put it past Trump to do just that. Jan 20th can not come fast enough.

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  32. David C said on December 5, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    The military will not intervene in the election – especially for tRump. Any thought from him that they will is another delusion.

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  33. LAMary said on December 5, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I so want to see him escorted from the White House in a way that is rather aggressive. Not a polite walk to the chopper. I want him surrounded by people in suits, leading him to some unpresidential vehicle.

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  34. FDChief said on December 5, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Well, this entire ugly business has pegged We the People in a pretty unflattering way; about a third or so are functionally sane, another third are, effectively, “insane” in that they proceed not from observation, ratiocination, and conclusion but from whatever bats are flying out of OANN’s belfry, and a final third that are so disengaged, incurious, and useless that they will do nothing to assist the first third from keeping the second from burning the house down.

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  35. Sherri said on December 6, 2020 at 1:09 am

    It’s amazing how many even liberal white men I can piss off when I point out to them that they’re taking up all the oxygen in the room.

    Just trying to get a term limits policy enacted on a board, so people don’t serve for life (we currently have a board member who had been on for 30 years, another for over 20, another approaching 20). We’re proposing a 3 3-year term limit, after which you’d have to step off for 3 years before you could be considered again.

    Of course, all the board members who are already over this limit are all older white guys, and the defensiveness is sooo thick you can’t breathe. They agree it’s a problem that it seems to be harder to get non-white guys to stick around, but can’t make the connection…

    I’ve been a lightning rod around the whole issue of power dynamics on this board for two years, and I’m tired.

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  36. ROGirl said on December 6, 2020 at 5:47 am

    When will he stop destroying this country? Oh right, zombies can’t be stopped unless they are decapitated, bludgeoned, burned or blown up.

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  37. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 6, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Well, Mellissa Carone got Cecily Strong last night, which I fear might be what she kind of wanted out of the whole deal. As for Melania, I mean her no disrespect, but as a red blooded male humanoid, I honestly don’t find her attractive. Not repulsive, but not . . . anyhow, tastes.

    Also as a male: Sherri, I forget, what’s the board you’re one? I insisted on stepping down as board president of an organization I’d founded after almost eight years, took four off, am back on that one but won’t take the presidency again because you are exactly correct. In the village where I live, I’m conflicted because a) the Board of Zoning & Building Appeals is all male, five of us, I’ve been on 14 years, the last eight as chair, and b) we’ve had one female even apply in those 14 years I’ve been involved, and she had two years with us and got snapped up by Planning Commission. The village council, Planning & school boards all have solid half or sometimes plus female representation, so it’s not exactly a community issue. But the people who apply for openings tend to be very much old guys (I know, I’m into the lower edge of that demographic) who want to have a chance to tell people what to do and how to do it. So I’m hesitant to step down . . . I like figuring out how to get neighbors to communicate and find solutions and not just use the code to beat each other over the head. Our female village planner every year asks me to stay for that reason, but I don’t like the idea of twenty year board members in any kind of role.

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  38. alex said on December 6, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Some good reads in the WaPo today. One draws parallels between MAGA and Trotskyism, the other McCarthyism. The former has a 1941 picture taken in Fort Wayne of Charles Lindbergh riling the rubes. Plus ca change.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/12/04/tea-party-trumpism-conservatives-populism/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/joseph-mccarthy-movement-trumpism/2020/12/04/d6e807ee-3460-11eb-b59c-adb7153d10c2_story.html

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  39. Sherri said on December 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Jeff, I’m on more than one board or commission. This is the ACLU of WA board; yes, even boards of civil rights organizations can have blind spots about race and gender equity.

    As for the lack of women situation, at one point I found myself the only women on the 7 member Planning Commission, and decided that was unacceptable. I started recruiting. I met with lots of women, talked about the Planning Commission and what it did, assured them that no, they did not have to be an expert on land use, and yes, they were quite capable of doing the work, and explicitly inviting them to apply for openings.

    Now our Planning Commission has 4 women and 3 men.

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  40. beb said on December 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    David C — I wish I had your certainty that the military will not help Trump in a coup.

    I have mixed feelings about term limits. The usual limit tends to be two terms which tends to mean that just about the time someone finally learns the ins and out of the office they’re termed out. That leaves them somewhat captive to the permanent staff and lobbyists. But no limits results in people like Diane Feinstein who have clearly been there too long. If the term limits were set closer to something like 20 years and out that would be better.

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  41. David C said on December 6, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    As it was explained to me, beb. tRump is popular with white privates because they’re stupid. The brass, other than a few demented fundies, hate his guts. They could never get a plan to do it together without someone who is fundamentally opposed to anything but civilian control of the military hearing about it and bringing the whole thing down.

    Rudy (reportedly) has the ‘rona. It’ll feel like a two week vacation not having to hear his bleating.

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  42. alex said on December 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Rudy with the tooty booty. Prolly made the entire Michigan legislature sick.

    I just hope the military brass have the balls (or the mechanism) by which to short-circuit the nuclear codes should el Trumpo have a mad fit of pique.

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  43. Sherri said on December 6, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    To be clear, beb, I’m talking about term limits for non-profit boards, not elected officials.

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  44. Ann said on December 6, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    On the non-profits term limits issue, our United Way started requiring them of member agencies. At the time it felt like we were losing good board members but when the board president who hired me got indicted a year later for stealing almost a million from the non-profit where she worked I was mighty glad she was no longer on our board. And then United Way stopped funding member agencies as such anyway, but it was still ultimately a good thing.

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  45. Deborah said on December 6, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Because of my double vision for the last few days I’ve been staying away from the internet and book reading. The double vision I’m having is in the mid-view and the long-view not up close view but I’ve been giving my eyes a rest until my ophthalmologist appt tomorrow morning. So I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and a book on audible instead. The book was Connie Schultz’s The Daughters of Erietown which I have a mixed opinion about. At first it seemed like a romance novel but then it got better. I wasn’t crazy about the reader, her delivery was too slow. She did a better job on the voices of the characters but it was off-putting IMHO. Oh well, it kept me occupied while I rested my eyes.

    Meanwhile, I haven’t kept up with much of the news either which has been heavenly.

    My vision is improving, not completely back to normal but better.

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  46. Sherri said on December 6, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    There is no board member so good that they don’t have weaknesses, and the longer they remain on the board, the harder it is to deal with those weaknesses. They accumulate disproportionate power and influence, and there’s less space for the voices of newer board members to be heard. It can be difficult for younger, newer board members to feel comfortable in leadership positions on the board. Given that it is more likely that long serving board members are white males, there can be racial and gender dynamics that they are honestly oblivious to, both with other board members and with EDs and staff.

    The challenge is, serving on the board has become part of their identity, so it’s really difficult to get them to see any problem. They can see problems in the abstract with the model, but we don’t have any problems like that, so no need to make changes.

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  47. Dorothy said on December 6, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    So I read The Daughters of Erietown about a month ago, and I had read so many rave reviews over it. Connie Schultz is a very good writer. So I was maybe expecting to have my socks knocked off. I was …. underwhelmed. It didn’t help that I found a mistake on page 46 where she confused the name of Brick with his dad, Bull. I even emailed her about it (found her email address via the book publisher) and never heard back. I didn’t expect much but if she already was told about the mistake, I would have appreciated a quick “thanks, we realize it now….” response. It’s at the beginning of the second paragraph on that page.

    I just didn’t think the story overall was well written. I kept thinking “this is like Nancy Drew books for women in their 60’s.” Maybe that’s overly simplistic, but it’s how I felt after I finished it. My main impression is that it was not really a rich and well-written novel. I feel like she got it published because she’s won a Pulitzer.

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  48. Deborah said on December 7, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Dorothy, I’m glad to hear you had a similar experience with the book. I blamed the narrator of the audiobook, but I guess maybe there was more to it. Google said Connie Schultz was the narrator but not the version I listened to. I found the overall story interesting but it was a bit of a slog getting through it.

    I signed up for Audible Plus special offer of $4.95 a month for 6 months but it turns out most of the books I want to listen to aren’t available on it. So I guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet and change it to Audible premium for $14 something a month.

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  49. candlepick said on December 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Deborah, Libro.fm is the audiobook service that benefits independent bookstores. A great alternative to Audible.

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  50. Dorothy said on December 7, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    My sister Chris told me about another site for audio books – libby – and I downloaded the app but haven’t listened to any books yet. Between sewing, knitting, reading a bound book and keeping up with office work, my chances to listen to audio books are not great. And yes I know I could do that with sewing up in my sewing room, but since I’m running a sewing machine, it’s louder than the book and an exercise in frustration. I prefer them in the car for long drives, and of course I”m not doing that these days.

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