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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

2 Weeks to Election--and the Unprecedented President, Collapsing Unprecedentedly

 Yes, ladies and gentlemen, only 14 more days to the big November election and it really does look like yet more of the Trumpworld is dying or collapsing.  Just look at all the breaking proof.

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Now, even the former head of the Republican National Committee came out for Biden and against Donald J Trump.


You can't get much more unprecedented than that.

USA Today broke their own tradition of not endorsing a candidate.


In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last.

This is how things are going in swing state Florida, too.


People don't line up in record numbers to vote, period, let alone during the worst, most killing, deadly international pandemic in the last more than 100 years because they think things are going swimmingly the way they are, folks. All of these voting records not just broken but shattered are a very good indication for us, I think.

Then this just happened in Pennsylvania.


On the Hunter Biden "story", there is this.


Even Trump's own Fox network passed on the Hunter Biden untruth of a story.

And then there's this.


Over 50 former intelligence officials said emails alleged to have been found on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden show signs of a Russian disinformation operation: “If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this."

Followed by this, from Trump himself.


With all this, he's either just crude or--what?--stupid? or simply losing it. Honestly.


More crudeness and stupidity here. Desperation plays a factor, I think.


He was caught, publicly, in a lie.


For that matter, he was caught in lies, yet more lies.


Apparently, all the facts aren't lost on the Trump staffers in and of his campaign.


And now, with these mere 2 weeks to go, it looks as though he and his reelection campaign are short on funds.  Oh. Darn.

How Trump plowed through $1 billion, losing cash advantage


It looks for all the world like this very unprecedented President and Presidency is going to have a very unprecedented collapse, Mr. and Mrs. America.

Make it so.

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What Passes for Logic in America Today

 Leave it to Tom Tomorrow.

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God help us all.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

At What Point Do We Do Something About Global Warming?

Let's have a very brief recap of just a few of the events of the last nearly 2 years, shall we?

Weather, global warming, and climate change
--Nearly all of the entire continent of Australia was in drought, record high temperatures and then it burned



--The Arctic and Siberia and elsewhere hit high temperatures of OVER 100 DEGREES for the first time in recorded history

Temperature hits 100 degrees in Arctic Russian town



--California has had a record 4 million acres of it burn this year with, again, drought and record high temperatures and now 

California exceeds 4 million acres burned by wildfires in 2020


--Colorado is in the midst of its largest ever area burning in wildfires


So with all this alone, shall we do something, some things on and about climate change and global warming?

Finally?  At long last?

At what point do we do something? At what point do we learn?

Soon?

What's it going to take? What more proof do we need beyond even just this short list of already-occurred, occurring events?


Republicans, Conservatives, All Coming Out for Biden

 Here you are, folks. Another one, this weekend, 2 days ago. Another conservative, yet another, coming out FOR Joe Biden and against Donald J "Jenius" Trump. This time it's from Michael Gerson.

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A conservative’s case for Biden


From the article:

The reasons for a traditional conservative to oppose President Donald Trump’s re-election grow daily. There is his abdication of leadership in fighting the coronavirus pandemic; his active encouragement of citizens to adopt reckless and unhealthy behavior; his corruption of public institutions for political gain; his cultivation of right-wing extremism; his determined effort to undermine public confidence in an election he seems likely to lose.

Republicans and conservatives alike.


A group of longtime Republican strategists who have worked with the likes of John McCain and George W. Bush have launched a scorching campaign against the president.

Besides p*ssing off the "libs", which we know is so very important to Trump's supporters, what is he, this President Trump, doing right or well for America, anyway? As just one example, there's this:


During the worst, most killing, deadly pandemic in the last more than 100 years, this President Trump actually wanted to end federal food assistance for the neediest Americans, nearly 3/4 of a million Americans.

And then there's this:


Somehow listening to actual scientists and medical specialists, in the worst, most killing pandemic in the last more than 100 years is a bad thing? To this guy, this man, this President? Really?

Here's another breaking example of what I'm talking about.


Then there's very red state Texas' own Senator John Cornyn publicly coming out against Trump, however sheepishly.


Here's two more reasons, good to great reasons to vote for Biden and against Donald Trump.


And by "hurt the rich", it only means they'll pay a bit more in taxes. They will do without nothing whatever.


And note in the article that the economist is writing from Moody's Analytics.

One of the reasons is certainly the "Trump healthcare plan" for the nation.


Added to all this is the fact that this man, this "President", certainly no leader, has uttered not one word of what his plan is or what his plans are for the nation, should he, God and heavens forbid, be reelected.

So that's why. That's why Republicans and conservatives are doing just that, lining up against what in any other year, with any other President, would be their own man.

Thank God and goodness.

Let's do this, folks.   Let's 86 45.   BYEDON


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Get The New York Times Today, Folks

Great, even important op/ed piece today from The New York Times.

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End Our National Crisis 


"The case against Donald Trump"

CORRUPTION
ANGER
CHAOS
INCOMPETENCE
LIES
DECAY

The Worst President in Modern History






Let's do this, folks.

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BYEDON



Good to Great, Hopeful News This Week on the Presidential Election

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From author Heather Cox Richardson earlier this week, Oct. 15. Good news. Hope.

"...the Trump campaign is in trouble. Polls show the president down by significant numbers, and the voters he has been trying to suppress are turning out in droves. Today Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, issued a statement saying he 'cannot support Donald Trump for President,' and the Biden campaign announced that it raised an eye-popping $383 million in September alone, a historic record which comes on top of the historic record of $364.5 million it set in August. This means Biden has $432 million on hand for the last month of the election."

And by "last month of the election", if this is all based on this week, it's actually the last 2 weeks of the election. Even better, of course.

But assume nothing, folks. Vote! Please vote! And VOTE BLUE! Let's do this! 86 45!! BYEDON!!


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Trump and McConnell Sewing Their Own Electoral Doom for the Republican Party

This President Trump and Senator Mitch "Moscow Mitch" McConnell, at least, are helping insure Republican Party failure November 4 in this election. This is one more way they're making it happen. This story broke 2 days ago.



A bit from the article.

With Pelosi and the White House still trying to find common ground between the $1.8 trillion plan and Democrats’ $2.2 trillion plan, McConnell added that he would not put a bill that large on the Senate floor for a vote.

Without support from McConnell and at least some of his Republican caucus, no deal that the White House makes with Pelosi stands any reasonable chance of becoming law. 

Meanwhile, this is going on, along with losing nearly 220,000 Americans, American citizens, to this COVID pandemic, their dying.


Researchers looked at the devastating financial effect the pandemic has had on Americans, with Blacks, Latinos and children faring the worst

Fortunately, here's yet another really great indication of how things are going at least in one state, if not nationally, too, for this President and the Republicans.

And more locally, in Kentucky, this looks like it might well be a great indication of how things are going for that state and for control of the Senate the next 4 years.


Then, this story broke in the last day.


You would think that, after the 2016 election campaign when it looked very much like Russia and the Trump campaign colluded to get him, Trump, elected according to our intelligence agencies, you'd think Trump and his campaign would stay completely clear of even any hint of working with Russia yet here they are. Again.

He, Trump, said and did this earlier in the week.


During that state's worst wildfires in the state's history, he, Trump, this Republican Party President, turns down their, California's request for federal aid.  There went California.

Then the Motormouth in Chief said this:


Can you imagine ANY OTHER President saying something like this? That's quite the patriot. It seems he's already trying to set the stage because he knows he'll be available for trying in a court of law.

Finally today, this week, a GOP Senator himself came out against the Orange Man.


Suffice to say, ladies and gentlemen, things are not in any way going this President's way just now, nor is very much going the way of his/their political party.  And thank goodness.

So thanks, Mr. President.
Thanks, Senator McConnell.
Thanks, Republicans.

Y'all are terrific.

Apparently, if the entire nation were multi-millionaires, you'd maybe, maybe do your jobs and do something for us.

While things seem to honestly be going poorly for this President and his political party, there conversely seem to be quite a few good things going for Joe Biden, his campaign and the Democrats.


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#BlueWave2020


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This President Attacks Our Own Government

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Breaking today, this afternoon:


Not done there, this, too.


And that's only two.

This is a President who has openly attacked our 

--US Postal Service
--Social Security
--Medicare
--Medicaid
--Military
--Census
--Department of Justice
--FBI

Tell me again why he should be reelected?

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Fantastic Presidential Election Headlines Today

Did you see these today, this morning?

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Christian group launching ads charging Trump 'used Christianity for his own purposes'

A bit from the article:

A bipartisan coalition of Christians is forming a political action committee that aims to weaken President Trump’s standing with evangelical voters.

The super PAC, Not Our Faith, plans a six-figure ad buy targeting evangelical and Catholic voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan, The Associated Press reported.

The ad accuses the president of exploiting Christian rhetoric and iconography for self-serving purposes, specifically citing his photo opportunity outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this year after police cleared Lafayette Square with tear gas and pepper spray.

“[Christians] don’t need Trump to save them. The truth is that Trump needs Christians to save his flailing campaign,” the ad states, according to the AP.

That is fantastic and incredible and, of course, so true.  Between this, with Christians forming organizations to defeat this sitting President and then all of the Republicans and groups they've formed to also defeat him, things are looking good. Things are looking very good for us to do just that, defeat him in this election.

And then there's this.

Trump campaign ad features military chiefs, violating Pentagon policy

While this last one is disgusting and goes against the Pentagon and good rules and decency and so much more, the good side is that it show this President, this Republican Party President Donald J Trump for the conman and liar and cheat he is and always has been. It's just like this one this week.

Fauci says comments in Trump ad used 'without my permission'


It's clear there is no "low" to which Donald Trump won't go for his own goal.

Let's do this, folks. It's 3 weeks from today. Vote. And vote blue. #BlueWave2020

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Still more great stuff breaking today:




This President Is Now Publicly Asking to Incite Rebellion

 I can't believe what I'm seeing today from Trump on Facebook. It's stunning. This is out there today, now.

Volunteer to be a Trump Election Poll Watcher. Sign up today!

Army for Trump

This is outrageous. This is disgusting. This goes against everything America is about. He is now formally asking fellow Americans to be an "Election Poll Watcher." To intimidate other fellow, taxpaying, voting Americans. This is sick. Again, outrageous.

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We must throw this bum out.

#BlueWave2020

BYEDON


On Republican Party Racism

 Did you see this on CBS' "60 Minutes"?


Vote, folks.

Be sure to vote. 

And vote blue.

#BlueWave2020

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Quote of the Day -- Presidential Throwback Edition

True then, all that long ago. Still true, even more so, today.


"Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. 
They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. 
They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. 
They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. 
They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them. 
They think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it." 

− Harry S. Truman, October 13, 1948, St. Paul, Minnesota, Radio Broadcast

Vote, folks.

And vote blue.

#BlueWave2020


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Donald Trump, at His Core

 

So true.

Let's do this, folks.

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Quote of the Day -- On Packing the Courts

 Know this, ladies and gentlemen.

George Takei @GeorgeTakei·

From 2015 to 2017, Mitch McConnell refused to seat any of Obama’s 100+ federal judges. Then he raced to fill them after Trump was elected. They did the same with Merrick Garland’s seat.

Don’t @ me with your “court packing.”

Let’s talk about court UNPACKING.

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Donald Trump IS the Swamp

Read the front page story of the NYT today, folks, the photos alone tell the story.

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A businessman-president transplanted favor-seeking in Washington to his family’s hotels and resorts — and earned millions as a gatekeeper to his own administration.

Donald Trump can no way "drain the swamp." Donald Trump IS the swamp. And he's shattering the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. We've never had a President that was so much for sale. Our government has never been so much for sale as under this Republican Party President Donald J Trump.

And check out this little beauty, too, that broke this weekend.


The Taliban announced they support this Republican Party President Donald J Trump for reelection.  Fantastic. I love it! And why wouldn't we? Thanks, fellas! Perfect timing, too. And thanks, Republicans. As I keep saying out here, that's quite the guy you got there and quite the guy you foisted on us all, on the nation.

This is what he did earlier this week, too.


President Trump took a step even Richard M. Nixon avoided in his most desperate days: openly ordering direct, immediate government action against specific opponents, timed to serve his re-election campaign.

The thing is, too, first, he doesn't even know he's doing it and second, he doesn't know how or whythis is even wrong.

Meanwhile, here we are nationally.


And here is where we are locally.


Thanks, Mr. President.
Thanks, Republicans.

Let's do this.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Quote of the Day -- On These Presidential Candidates


I'm going there.

We're three weeks out from saving our Democracy. Our Social Security. Our health care. Our freedom of speech. Our peace of mind, spirit and body. We're three weeks out from either voting for probably the most despicable display of a human I've ever witnessed. Trump or a true American who wants to and has  saved this country from catastrophe.

Trump, a "man," and using that description very loosely, who has filed bankruptcy six times. Who has had three marriages. Who is a cheater. A serial liar. A conman. A racist. A misogynist. Truly, a despicable human being. Could not care less about you. His word. His promises. Think about it. What promises has he kept?

None.

And, somehow, this disgusting, vile person got in our White House. Additionally, he is sabotaging and killing the very core and spirit of this country. He has promoted white supremacy and is the leader and head of that gang. He gives them the green light to forge ahead by telling them to "stand by." He has called Latinos "rapists and killers and thieves."

He is the lowest form of any example of a good human.

He holds rallies while sick, not caring how that may affect his supporters but cares only about the attention and acollades these ridiculous, blinded followers still throw his way. It's truly astounding.

All that said, Joe Biden is a good man. He's a good human. He would not have been my first choice for the Democratic Party nomination but he's a good man. And he knows how to govern this country. He will hold us up, united. He will fold us back in with our allies. He and President Obama saved this country from a very trying time when we were facing a recession which would have devastated this country. They turned it around and saved this country. Whether you like Biden or not, that is a fact. Trump was given the gift of that good, strong economy from Biden/Obama. That is a fact.

If you value your Social Security. If you value your preexisting conditions. If you value your family. If you value this country and its unity and truly becoming the truly "united" states once again ... there is only one choice.


--Hilary De Witt


Quote of the Day -- Another Proud Day for Missourians



"Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.
Socialism is what they called public power.
Socialism is what they called Social Security.
Socialism is what they called farm price supports.
Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance.
Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations.
Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people."

--President Harry S Truman, said this day, October 10, 1952

Give 'em Hell, Harry.

And thanks. Thanks so very much. For all you did and said and stood and fought for.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Mitch McConnell Doesn't Trust the White House

 Did you see this in the news?

McConnell said he hasn't visited the White House in over 2 months because he doesn't think Trump's COVID-19 protocols are safe

From the article:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he has not been to the White House in more than two months, suggesting that the Trump administration's lax COVID-19 protocols make him feel unsafe.

The Kentucky Republican said that since early August he's instead opted to speak with President Donald Trump by phone.

"I actually haven't been to the White House since August the 6th because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different than mine and what I insisted that we do in the Senate, which is to wear a mask and practice social distancing," McConnell said at an event in Kentucky.

So understand what this means, America.

The Republican Party Senate Majority Leader himself, Mitch McConnell, doesn't himself trust this President, this White House on this very killing pandemic.

Why should we?

Why should anyone?


Coming Soon Near All of Us

 He's the jerk, all right.


Vote, folks!

And VOTE BLUE!!

#BlueWave2020


Now Fearing For Our Nation

Seems this President  Trump was offered to have a virtual debate with Joe Biden and he turned it down. He won't appear. It seems clear and obvious he felt he couldn't shout down and interrupt so he wanted no part of it. Then this happened, too.

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Trump Calls Sen. Kamala Harris a ‘Monster’ in Rage-Filled Fox Interview

He went berzerk, calling Kamala a "monster" and a "Communist." In his unexpected rant, he attacked Hillary, again, and Obama too. He announced he is refusing next week's debate. He blasted all the media, claiming all the polls are rigged.

Anyone who's paying attention politically now is or should be concerned from now to November 3, especially, and then from that time to January 20. It seems clear this President is already rather "melting down." I'm afraid it's only going to get worse and more so as we get closer to these dates.

He's losing it, folks. With it, he's also sealing his political defeat.

How bizarre that we are and must be concerned about our nation due to the man who is supposed to be leading us all.



This broke yesterday. 



The New England Journal of Medicine finds the Trump administration's response to this pandemic "reckless" and "dangerously incompetent." And know this, keep in mind, this Journal has never taken a political stance before. Until now. Until this situation with this President and this pandemic. 

Esquire Magazine said it right.


Last evening, in the Vice Presidential debate, this happened.


Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday night joined President Donald Trump in refusing to commit to ensuring a peaceful transfer of power, dodging a question about how he would handle a Joe Biden victory and parroting Trump's baseless narrative about widespread mail-in voting fraud.

This news broke this morning.


He's losing his mind. He's desperate. He doesn't know how our government works. He thinks this is all like the companies he owned and he can do anything with them and to us, to us all. Insane. 

What isn't frightening about this is infuriating. This President and his Vice President seem to think we are their banana republic.

Psychology Today Asks an Excellent Question

 I saw this headline of this article from the magazine Psychology Today and was taken aback.

Are Americans Just Stupid?


As I said, I was taken aback. My first response was a bit of shock. But then I got to thinking about it, which is what the author intended, without doubt.

Seriously. Think about it.

Think about what we've been through with this President.  Think about what he's taken us through. And our system, our systems, our political and electoral systems allowed it.

First, a bit from the article:

Be honest. As an observer of American society, the thought may have crossed your mind at one time or another – at least for a fleeting moment or two – that the nation's dysfunctional state of affairs is the result of widespread stupidity. The people, too often misinformed and poorly educated, are getting exactly the democracy they deserve.

Perhaps that thought arose last week as you watched the cringe-worthy presidential debate, which pundits have called "a disgrace" and "an embarrassment for the ages." Our public discourse has been in decline for so long that it was bound to come to this, right? Effective self-government requires an intelligent and engaged public, and it seems the American electorate falls woefully short. With large segments of the population brazenly rejecting facts and science – whether the issue is climate change, evolution, the coronavirus, or the latest conspiracy theory – it's no surprise that social and political dysfunction are rampant.

Seen this way, it’s tempting to chalk up the clown car of American democracy to the collective intellectual deficit of its population. In truth, however, there is little evidence to support the notion that the American people are stupid. Objective measurements of intelligence can be controversial, raising questions of true objectivity and cultural bias, but it is difficult to find any that suggest Americans are lacking in IQ compared to those in other countries.

The conclusion I come to is not so much that we're dumb or stupid but that money, big money is pushing and has been pushing our government and for far too long. It's what got us to this point with this terribly--stupid?--man in our White House. Instead of doing what's best for America, what's best for the people and nation, they give money in the form of campaign contributions--our legalized bribery--to their/our government representatives and lo and behold, they get what they want for themselves and for their companies and corporations. It's people last, if at all.

Where I think potential stupidity comes in, to me, is in our for-profit healthcare system in our nation. Consider the following 3 simple, fast facts about our American health care system:

--Most expensive health care system in the world, far and away
--Only nation where citizens go bankrupt for health care costs
--Number one reason or source for bankruptcy in the nation is bankruptcy at 40% of all bankruptcies

With all of this, way too many of us defend and support the system. It's insane. It makes no sense whatever.

I can't imagine what else you can call this support but stemming from pride.

Or stupidity.

Then there's our ignorant money paid out for defense spending.

And this Republican Party President's continued support. 

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Wow.