God, what a day. Just swamped with work and then, at the end, this motherfucking amicus brief with 17 more states saying, Hey, Michigan, we don’t like who you voted for so we’re just gonna throw it out. OK?
God, I am sick of this shit.
Part of my irritation is due to the reaction feature of iMessage. I was doing a phone interview today, trying to concentrate, and my phone kept ding-ding-dinging with people in a group text I’m in “loving” each other’s fucking messages. Just kill me now.
Not that I wish to display a bad move. But what happened today was one-third of the country trying to disenfranchise voters in four states because they didn’t like the results. Yeah, sure, a coup is cool, no problem.
Why are these people not hounded through the streets, as they should be? All these AGs think they’re clowning for the base and the norms and law will restrain them. How do they know Justice Serena Joy Waterford won’t have a conversation with God that morning and grant cert? They don’t know. We keep dancing close to the cliff’s edge, trusting we won’t fall over, or that it won’t crumble.
This stupid country, I swear.
Couple things worth your time today:
Covid in South Dakota, in the WashPost. Speaking of a stupid country, here’s a nurse dealing with a patient:
Then there were the patients who didn’t even believe the coronavirus was real. That week, a patient in his 40s came in for a physical — he was high-risk and asthmatic — and his gaiter pushed down when she walked into the exam room. He said he couldn’t breathe in it and didn’t believe the whole pandemic thing anyway. People were dying from pneumonia because they were being forced to wear masks, he told her.
“The next thing you’re going to be calling me to come in and take the vaccine, and I’m telling you right now I’m not going to get it,” he told her.
So die, dummy.
Melania’s book may be a coffee-table volume. Figures.
Let’s just get through this, then, eh?
Mark P said on December 9, 2020 at 9:25 pm
Half the people in this country need to spend more time in bed, with restraints, until their age catches up to their dementia.
Deggjr said on December 9, 2020 at 9:49 pm
Covid in South Dakota. Governor Kristi Noem seemed to be campaigning for the VP nomination during the fall. Her public pronouncements were/are still very pro-Trump and Coronavirus denial.
Now South Dakota is #9 among the states/territories in Deaths/1M according to Worldometers.info with enough new cases to keep that momentum. 62% (710/1147) of South Dakota’s deaths have occurred since November 1.
What did South Dakota do with all the warning time the New England states provided to the rest of the country? Nothing.
beb said on December 10, 2020 at 3:14 am
Amanda Maracotte writes in Salon
Which boils it down to essentials. Republicans don’t care about elections. They don’t want a Democrat in the White House and will do along with any plan to rewrite the election. The only reason the Georgia Secretary of State won;t go along with this is because the hurdle is too high. If the election had been closer they would have tried. Same in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The Courts have been throwing out Trump’s pleading not only because they were baseless but because the number of ballots to be thrown out are too high. The Supreme Court is not going to bite, again the numbers are just too high.
That, and Trump is never going away until he dies. There’s too much ego involved and too much money to grift. 2024 will probably see Kamala Harris vs Donald Trump, Junior. And that will be a nail-biter since Harris will lose all the misogynist Dems and Junior will have four years to fed the Trumpists more poison. If We’re Lucky the entire clan will be in jail by then.
Randy said on December 10, 2020 at 6:03 am
There’s a 14% test positive rate in Winnipeg, pretty consistent with most of North America. 500 miles north, in isolated communities, the positive rate is past 40%, expected to hit 50% by next week. Why? Basic health care is garbage in Northern Manitoba, and people have to come down for care, head back, and boom, a tiny community, living in homes too small for 6 people, let alone 10, test positive. Just ranting, please excuse this frustrated Canadian.
Alan Stamm said on December 10, 2020 at 7:49 am
“On Twitter, ‘Civil War’ trended [Wednesday]. An actual civil war is highly unlikely, but the unwillingness of leaders to stop this language is already leading to death threats against election officials. The longer they permit it to go on, the worse things will get.”
— Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College historian [https://bit.ly/376tuGp]
Suzanne said on December 10, 2020 at 8:32 am
Indiana’s woman groping AG along with the newly elected big prick AG both have signed on to this dumbass lawsuit from the TX AG to make votes in democratic areas not count.
All this while places like Allen Co, IN made a list of the top 10 COVID hotspots.
Indiana can secede from the Union for all I care as long as it gives me time to move out first.
Dorothy said on December 10, 2020 at 8:44 am
Is it wrong for me to wish for this scenario: all the virus deniers get rounded up and put into some gated space and allowed to hug and kiss and eventually all kill each other because of the contamination? No one is allowed out of the gates to request medical intervention! Let’s start with the Republican governors who’ve refused to do mask mandates and enact rules to keep people apart.
Is Trump hoping to get a lawsuit to land in the lap of a judge who adores him? Is there any such creature who would rule in his favor?
LAMary said on December 10, 2020 at 8:53 am
I think Melania should combine her previous career with her White House projects book and do titty model poses in the various places in the White House she’s redocorated/trashed.
Bitter Scribe said on December 10, 2020 at 9:46 am
I don’t have a problem with the dummy dying. I do have a problem with him infecting God knows how many innocent people.
Julie Robinson said on December 10, 2020 at 9:51 am
Heather Cox Richardson is a national treasure, and worth following on Facebook for her nightly summations of the day’s news, with cogent context and implications.
LAMary, thanks for the laughs. Right now we should be taking off for 18 days in Orlando but we are home instead. FU to all the science deniers and mask avoiders, and FU to all the attorneys general.
Jeff Borden said on December 10, 2020 at 10:10 am
Ah, Republicans. Bless your hearts. The number of polling places in Georgia is being great reduced for the January runoff. You’ll all be shocked, of course, that most of the reductions are in black areas. Let’s make it as hard as possible for “those people” to vote. Post-racial ‘Murica? What a joke.
Peter said on December 10, 2020 at 11:01 am
Here’s what I don’t understand about the reduction in polling places for the Georgia special election:
1. All I heard in November is that each Georgia county sets the rules and locations, etc. – sure, I can see how some counties are going to reduce the number of stations to undermine the “democratic” vote, but is Fulton County going to reduce the number of polling places?
2. How long can it take someone to fill out that ballot? Sure, there’s the whole I have to check to see if you can vote part, but it should take about 30 seconds to fill out that ballot…
Jakash said on December 10, 2020 at 11:52 am
The prototype for Melania’s book:
I’m tellin’ ya, she’s bonkos!
jcburns said on December 10, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Nancy, don’t forget that you can set the sounds of your messages and likes of messages and so on to be very very quiet, or silent.
And hi from Fulton County Georgia, where early voting appears to be at as least as many locations as for the Presidential one in November.
Sherri said on December 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm
It’s not about winning the lawsuits, it’s about the grift. Trump has spent less than $10 million on the lawsuits, but collected $200 million in donations.
basset said on December 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm
Actually the kid was on an under-9 team, not high school.
LAMary said on December 10, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Sickening video. That guy should not ever be allowed to coach.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 10, 2020 at 2:39 pm
JC: yes, and every time your phone “updates” it resets most of those inactivations or silencing.
Deborah said on December 10, 2020 at 2:49 pm
We’re out at the Abiquiu cabin since yesterday afternoon, it’s supposed to start snowing soon.
On the 13th and 14th the Meteor shower Geminids is supposed to peak, I want to be sure and be out here for that, it’s supposed to be spectacular, the moon will only be 1% full, hope it’s not cloudy. The peak starts around 10pm which is a lot earlier than other showers so that’s even better. Cold outside then though.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 10, 2020 at 3:21 pm
If this was posted here earlier, my apologies, but I just now saw it, and felt it would be appreciated:
The dancing Trump reprise at the end is worth staying with it for.
Dorothy said on December 10, 2020 at 3:53 pm
Hank I just read your review of the HBO movie about the Bee Gees which premieres on Saturday night. I can’t wait to see it!
LAMary said on December 10, 2020 at 4:32 pm
Another dancing trump
The music is good. The language is nasty.
Sherri said on December 10, 2020 at 4:42 pm
Now, 106 members of Congress have signed on to an amicus brief in support of the Texas AG suit.
No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Amendment 14, Section 5
Charlotte said on December 10, 2020 at 5:32 pm
Yeah, MT joined that nonsense suit. We got buried in white-flight folks who moved here in droves over the summer, and put Gianforte/Daines firmly in place. Also, drove our COVID numbers through the roof. Park County’s vote split remained about what it usually is, but Bozeman, the Flathead and Billings all went even more blue …
Luckily since the #s are so out of control, we’re in full bunker mode. Good thing I bought that 50lb sack of flour last spring, and way too many cans of tomatoes. Between that and the full freezer of local meat, we’ll be fine for weeks.
Kitty settling back in. I still can’t quite believe it. Poor thing lost about 1/3 her body weight … she’s just a tiny purring bag of bones.
LAMary said on December 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm
The Texas AG has his reasons for submitting that request to the Supreme Court.
Deborah said on December 10, 2020 at 8:01 pm
I read that earlier about the whispering of a pardon for the TX AG but I’ve also read that since the suit obviously (to not stupid people anyway) won’t win, it will make Trump furious and he’ll blame the AG for losing it and then refuse the pardon as punishment.
All of the Republican Representatives signing on to the suit just shows how desperate they are to try to cozy up with Trump’s base, because they know they can’t win future elections without that base. It’s just showmanship, I’m not going to worry about it, because it’s going to go nowhere. They created the monster of Trump’s base and now they have to figure out how to appease them and right now they’ll try anything even throwing democracy out the window, which is creepy but again it’s not going to work.
Jakash said on December 10, 2020 at 8:10 pm
“we put the first man on the moon YEARS ago. why did we stop. why did we Not continue to put the rest of the men there. explain ?”
basset said on December 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm
I enjoy looking at the “today in nn.c history” posts, just saw the one about the Tim McVeigh execution in Terre Haute and the link to Nancy’s video was gone. Sure would like to see that video again if you still have it and don’t mind reposting somewhere.