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Good day Widdershins

There’s some good news concerning the November 2020 election.  A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll shows Biden leading tRump by six points.  That includes there being a third party candidate running also.  (I have to wonder what Suffolk knows that we don’t know about a 3rd candidate). With no third party candidate it’ a 10 point lead.  Without a doubt Trump’s handling of the Covid pandemic played a big part in that.

The findings underscore the challenge the deadly pandemic is posing to the president’s political standing, which has proved durable through investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a Senate impeachment trial over his dealings with Ukraine and other controversies.

Now Trump’s standing may be threatened in the face of questions about the response he and his administration have made to a disease that has cost more than 55,000 lives in the United States and imperiled the nation’s economy.


Opinions of those polled were varied of course:  From this:

“I had to give up watching the White House briefings,” said Democrat Eric Haenfler, 67, a retired music teacher and band director from Gilbert, Arizona, who was called in the poll. “I couldn’t stand to watch him say ignorant things. They were just campaign rallies and gave no information – and what information he was giving was false and sometimes dangerous.”

To this:

But Mercedes Nazarian, 29, a political independent and bartender from Savannah, Georgia, said her support for Trump hadn’t been shaken. “I think he’s doing the best to his ability,” she said in a follow-up interview. “I believe it’s out of his control at this point. I mean, nobody can control a virus.”

Note to Mercedes:  It would have been more controllable had tRump paid any attention to the Presidential Daily Briefs back in January and February.

Also interesting was that tRump lost support among men.  “While men still back Trump over Biden 46% to 35%, that’s a narrower advantage than in December, when it was 56% to 30%.”.  Women support Biden 53% to 30% according to the poll.

However it’s not all good news for Biden according to the poll.  His support has gotten a bit softer among A.A. voters:

His support among black voters has dropped in a hypothetical three-way race with Trump and a third-party candidate. Although the sample size is small, making precise comparisons unreliable, about two-thirds of African American voters support Biden now; nearly eight in 10 had backed him in December. Those voters didn’t move to Trump, supported by just 8%. But one in four black voters now say they are undecided or would vote for a third-party candidate.

That’s fixable depending on who Biden selects as a veep candidate.  He’s already committed to selecting a woman and it could go a long way if he selects the right woman.  And if there is no third party candidate (go away Jill Stein and Tulsi) I think his numbers among A.A. voters will be fine.

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One other thing not Biden/Trump related.  This was a good read on “covid phobia”, i.e. people who need to get to an E.R. for, among other things, cardiac related issues.  They are afraid of going to the E.R.

Covid phobia is keeping people with serious heart symptoms away from ERs


Okie doke Widdershins that’s your (not so) Activist post.  mb has discussed the possibility of doing a Zoom talk-a-thon this weekend so we’ll see how that goes.

Open thread of course.


Happy Weekend Widdershins!

I know you’re still with us because nobody here drank bleach to cure COVID-19. We will no doubt start hearing of some cases where they did inject bleach into their bodies. And you know, I just can’t bring myself to even pretend to care about these people anymore. I just can’t wait for November when we – HOPEFULLY – kick Dump/tRump/Drump/Orange Turd-Mango and his entire evil family out. Oh and Mitch McTurtle too. I look forward to a day I can spit and pee on their graves. They don’t deserve to rest in peace.

On a completely unrelated note! Last week I posted a clip to a musical excerpt that immediately whooshed me back to my childhood: the trump melody was used as the theme song for Soviet news in the 1980s. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good tune! The composer was a great composer and deserves to be remembered for better things.

That propulsive piano is fun too – here’s a video of just the hands playing the piano part.


And then I kept doing a deep dive into more childhood nostalgia. There was this melody used as the theme song for a nature show called “Animal Kingdom” that we always watched. I never knew what that melody was, but it had stayed with me for decades. So I turned to Google! It was a Paul Mauriat arrangement of a French chanson. No wait, further Google informed me that the French chanson used a melody composed by an Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez for his Navidad Fuestra in 1964.

The French chanson, “Alouette” by Gilles Dreu, stealing shamelessly from the original:

And the original:

And here’s the opening graphic of “Animal Kingdom” (В Мире Животных) with Mauriat’s arrangement.

So your musical challenge this weekend? Give us two versions of the same thing!

This is an open thread!

This is likely to be my least popular post ever, so I guess I’ll just dive in and say what I need to say.

I have come to realize that Joe Biden is the best man for the job of President in 2020.

Have I “evolved” on this topic, as the politicos say? You’re damn right. And it’s shocking even me. How could a 78-year-old white man be our Democratic nominee after our Hillary? Women deserve better. Kamala, Kirsten, Amy, Elizabeth – most of us favored one of the Democratic women running over Joe. Frankly, I was both pissed off and devastated that he even ran. He sucked up the oxygen from the women, didn’t he? And if you preferred one of the other men running – and there were quite a few good ones – well, he toppled them rather handily. I mean, what the hell, the guy is on the verge of death, I said! He’s two decades too old to be President. Every President ages 20 years in the Oval Office. That would make him 100 years old by the end of two terms!

And yet…

And yet.

In my opinion, Biden has every single characteristic he needs to attract the voters to beat Drumpf. And no other candidate has them all.

Light baggage. Biden’s baggage is light enough not to bother anyone. Compared to the corrupt sexual predator in the White House, “he’s too touchy-feely” doesn’t raise an eyebrow, especially after Biden’s apologies and acknowledgements. The fake Tara Reade story has failed to hold up under scrutiny – of course, since if Biden had been a rapist he would not have made it through the vetting required to Obama’s VP.  All the women running, of course, had heavy baggage: every one of them lacks that all-important scrap of flesh between their legs which screams “Presidential!” to white Americans. And if Hillary, who had exponentially more experience and credentials, couldn’t get enough turnout to overcome the ratfcking in 2016, these less-well-known, less-accomplished women (however fabulous) sure couldn’t do it in 2020.

Experience. By contrast with the reality-show baboon currently sh*tting on the Oval Office carpet, Joe Biden has deep federal experience. He was in the White House for 8 years and in Congress before that. He even has experience successfully dealing with a pandemic! The extent of the damage Drumpf has inflicted on our government is unknown, but no matter how deep and wide, it needs to be fixed by a President who can hit the ground running. Long-serving institutions have been shuttered or taken over by “acting” members of his crime family. Career public servants have been fired and not replaced, leaving a skills and knowledge gap in our federal bureaucracy which is having ripple effects we are only tangentially aware of. None of the other candidates running could credibly claim to be able to remedy this horrifying situation as quickly as Biden.

Honesty. By contrast with the Liar-in-Chief, Joe Biden is perceived as an honest, straight-talking man.  His personal story is true, and contains both tragedy and hope. His is a reputation that has survived over 50 years in public service. Of course, he hasn’t spent decades being attacked and smeared like Hillary – but then again, he’s got that scrap between his legs! It’s a “get out of jail free” card whose power is unquestioned by white people. And speaking of white people…

Skin color. Sorry y’all, but whoever is running for President against Drumpf needs to be white. If not, he won’t get Republican women and men to vote for him. From what I’ve seen, a lot of notable Republicans are already on board.

Humility. After so many years of a malignant, sociopathic narcissist at the head of our country, isn’t is refreshing to have a person with real humility running for President? A person who understands he has to fight for every vote, and is willing to do the work to get it? A person who understands the gravity of the job he would be doing, and who is humbly asking for it, rather than asserting his absolute authority every time he opens his cavernous, hamberder-filled piehole?

And finally…

Responsibility. Instead of a pretender who proudly states he doesn’t take responsibility for anything, even during an unprecedented disaster like the Coronavirus, we have Joe Biden, whose latest ad claims, quite rightly, that “the buck stops here.” That message is really going to resonate. When a President can’t take responsibility, tens of thousands of people die.

So there’s my case, Widdershins. Do with it what you will!

Tawk amongst yerselves.


Happy (?) weekend Widdershins

So as you can see from the top, we’ll call this one cabin fever weekend.  It really was one today because with several rounds of severe thunderstorms I really couldn’t even get out to do a bit of walking.  Bubba would not even come when it was dinner time and I had a nice Popeyes chicken breast that I tore apart for him.  So it’s back in the fridge and I’ll try later today (since it’s now Sunday).

For the scientifically inclined Widdershins, thinking of you Luna and Quixote, I saw this site mentioned on Maddow’s show.  It’s called the Covid-19 compiler. When you go to the first page you see a map of the entire U.S.  It allows you to hover over a particular county in each state to get info on the number of cases.  You can also look at demographic data and that allows you to drill down a bit further. Further, if you click on “Insights” it will give you a host of topics they have researched.  I looked it over a couple of times but honestly I just did not want to get even more depressed over this mess.

On to some music.

The following are just a couple of things I heard on the all music classical dealio on cable.  They sounded nice at the time so I jotted down the info for the pieces.

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You may recognize this from Amadeus

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Okay shinners that’s all I got but just remember:

Take the discussion wherever you wish.



It’s women who will be Drumpf’s final downfall.

The Mango Moron could never handle women who refused to fall into a faint when he stalked into a room, curls of hair from his merkin floating daintily around him. And now that he’s flunking the leadership test the coronavirus has presented, it’s women who are calling him out for doing so.

First, Hillary Clinton trounced him in 2016. (No way he won the electoral college legitimately.) He has been obsessed with her ever since. When the Democrats took the House in 2018, Nancy Pelosi became the next powerful women to foil the Narcissist-in-Chief. Remember all the way back in January of 2019, when this country was reeling from a shutdown – and it looked like the government was never going to re-open?

Pelosi beat him like a drum.

Flashback 40 days and Nancy Pelosi’s return to the speakership was a hard-won prize marred by Democratic grumbling.

After the midterm elections, 15 House Democrats signed a letter urging their colleagues not to support Pelosi for speaker: “We promised to change the status quo and we intend to deliver on that promise.” To recapture the gavel, Pelosi had to promise to be a “transitional” speaker, and many Democrats felt she only regained the role because there were no compelling alternatives.

t’s not that House Democrats dismissed Pelosi’s skills as a legislator, but what they needed was an answer to President Trump, and that didn’t seem like a role Pelosi was suited to play.

But in recent weeks, Speaker Pelosi proved a powerful foil to Trump, politically humiliating him in a way no other public figure has. Today, Trump buckled, agreeing to reopen the government in exchange for absolutely nothing, just days after he agreed to Pelosi’s demand to postpone the State of the Union.

How did she do it? She understands Drumpf, as so many women have always done.

Pelosi has long held that Trump is weak, easily confused, and easily baited. That informed her strategy. Along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, she baited Trump into saying, while the cameras were rolling, “I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle.” In interviews and meetings, she tweaked the president, calling the crisis “the Trump shutdown” to Trump’s face and suggesting the billionaire thought furloughed workers “could just ask their father for more money.” She was betting that Trump would overreact rather than turn her into the aggressor, and he did.

And that was just the first time she dominated him. There was, of course, the whole impeachment process, which the press seems to have forgotten as soon as the GOP acquitted him, but which We The People remember with deep gratitude.

So while so many men who should know better are are cowering and allowing themselves to be bullied into doing incredibly stupid things, women have decided they are not taking his sh*t anymore.

Case in point: female reporters, like Paula Reid.

Yesterday, the CBS reporter Paula Reid was determined to ask him about it at a White House press conference. “How do you close down the greatest economy in the history of the world when, on January 17, you have no cases [of Covid-19 in the US] and no deaths?” he replied. “On January 21, you have one case and no deaths. Think of that, we’re supposed to close down the country?”

In the exchange, the president highlights his decision to close US borders to China, and suggests that Democrats, in particular Joe Biden, accused him of xenophobia at the time.

But Reid was not convinced. “The argument is that you bought yourself some time. But what did you do with that time? You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals, you didn’t use it to ramp up testing. Right now, nearly 20 million are unemployed, tens of thousands of Americans are dead,” says Reid.

You want more? Okay, how about this? This article is from February and is really terrific; here are a few excerpts.

The most profound change in American politics today and in the years to come will result from a massive movement of women into the Democratic Party. As this realignment takes place Hillary Clinton may well go down in history as this century’s equivalent of Al Smith. Al Smith was the Democratic nominee for president in 1928 and the first Roman Catholic ever nominated by a major political party. Although he lost the election, his campaign presaged the movement of Catholics into the Democratic Party in 1932 when Franklin Roosevelt won the Democratic nomination and the presidency. Smith’s race was initially considered a failure, as was Hillary Clinton’s. But her defeat has set off a chain reaction likely to lead to a realignment of party coalitions and relative political strength in 2020 as sweeping as FDR’s victory in 1932.


The shocking defeat of Hillary Clinton at the hands of the overtly misogynistic Donald Trump put the existing trend into hyper-drive. It broke upon the national scene in cities across the country with previously unseen numbers starting with the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration. Then it surprised almost everyone when it led to the election of a Democrat to the Senate in Alabama in a December 2017 special election. That result, which stemmed in significant degree from defections of Republican women in the state’s cities, suburbs and college campuses as well as a massive turnout of African-Americans, was quickly dismissed as an anomaly since the Republicans had nominated a sexual predator and pedophile as their candidate.

But no one could ignore the size and national impact the same shift had on the outcome of the midterm elections in November 2018. Exit polls that year showed women favored the Democratic candidate for Congress by 19 percentage points (59% to 40%), while men favored the Republican candidate by four points (51% to 47%). The resulting gender gap of 23 points was the widest one in the last twenty years.

I want to be clear here – I am not in any way disrespecting our wonderful Widdershin men, or any other men who are doing the right thing and standing up to Drumpf.

But damn, women are having a moment. And I am all the way here for it.

Tawk amongst yerselves!


Happy Lazy Weekend Widdershins!

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves, not just from Covid-19, but also mentally and emotionally. It’s a tough time, we’re stuck at home with our own thoughts and kitchen appliances, and a barrage of bad news on TV. At least Bernie suspended his campaign. Of course, he still employs his vile spokeswoman and Jill Stein voter Briahna Joy Gray who is having daily meltdowns on twitter yelling at Joe Biden. And Bernie is ok with it, that she attacks the presumptive nominee on his campaign’s dime. Which supposedly is $13,000 a month. Nice job if you can get it and all you have to do is troll people like Neera Tanden on twitter with insults and lies! I’m mad because I’m jealous I didn’t get that job.

Anyway, what’s your mind? Speak freely, we are a judgment free zone. Unless you’re a Bernie supporter.

My oh my. Looks like the Murdochs are gettin’ sued! And they’re preparing for a big fight. Apparently ousting Trish Regan for saying exactly what everyone else on the network said, miraculously didn’t cause people to think Fox News didn’t mislead and bamboozle the public into behaving dangerously. And although the first lawsuit didn’t seem to worry those malignant assholes, they do appear to be circling the wagons, gathering the troops, going to the mattresses, or whatever other hoary cliche you prefer.

This time, however, might be very different from the Rich case. During a Sunday appearance on MSNBC, my colleague Gabriel Sherman said Fox insiders had expressed “real concern…that their early downplaying of the coronavirus actually exposes Fox News to potential legal action by viewers who maybe were misled and actually have died from this.” He went on to say that while the Murdochs are “privately taking coronavirus seriously”—Rupert Murdoch quietly cancelled his 89th birthday party on March 11—top hosts like Regan and Sean Hannity were actively “telling viewers that it’s a hoax…If it actually winds up being proved that people died because of it, this is a new terrain in terms of Fox being possibly held liable for their actions.”


A [similar] poll from YouGov and The Economist conducted in mid-March showed that, compared to consumers of other types of news media, Fox News viewers are the least likely to express concern about coronavirus. That poll was cited in a disapprobation letter cowritten by Todd Gitlin, a Columbia Journalism School professor, addressed to Murdoch and his son, Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch. The letter has now been cosigned by over 100 professors, including from top journalism programs at Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and Columbia. “The misinformation that reaches the Fox News audience is a danger to public health. Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say that your misreporting endangers your own viewers—and not only them, for in a pandemic, individual behavior affects significant numbers of other people as well,” states the letter, enumerating misleading coverage.

This is a very interesting development, isn’t it? It’s been a very long time since there has been any accountability for those hatemongering sh*tbirds. But when you’re actually misleading people into dying, and killing other people too – now that could be a bit hard to defend in court.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

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