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Good weekend Widdershins

We interrupt your normal musical weekend for breaking news

As “they” say, the chickens have come home to roost.  Trump and Melanie were diagnosed with the rona.  The announcement came at around 1:00 this morning and by the late afternoon apparently symptoms had progressed to the point that he was medivacked on Marine 1 to Bethesda Military hospital this afternoon.  It appears at this time that Hope Hicks was the “superspreader”.  The number of people who have tested positively has grown exponentially which makes sense in a White House that frowned on wearing masks.

Among the people who have tested positive positive:

  • President Donald Trump
  • First lady Melania Trump
  • White House Communications Director Hope Hicks
  • Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
  • Three White House reporters
  • One White House staffer
  • The Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University (Jenkins was at the White House Saturday, when Trump introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee. Barrett was a law professor at Notre Dame for 15 years before Trump nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.)

 

Other tidbits:

  • Pence and “mother” tested negatively (for now?) He’s been jumping up and down shouting “I’m ready, I’m ready” but so far Trump has not turned over the keys to the kingdom, at least not yet.
  • Supposedly Trump was “spooked” when he got the rona diagnosis.
  • There has not been a meeting with the Gang of Eight from Congress to update them on the situation although I believe that would be a normal procedure.
  • Trump received a “full dose” of an experimental antibody cocktail under “compassionate use” criteria.

In the good news category, Joe and Jill Biden tested negatively for the virus, and I am very happy to hear that.

Take the conversation wherever you wish but including gossip is good and cheap gossip is even better.

Infamous open thread.

Good Evening Widdershins

I’m as full as a tick from ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and pasta salad.  My contribution was one of those giant cookie cakes and ice cream.  I am really in need of a nap right now to let all of that settle, however I thought we’d take a look at some of the political cartoons of the past week.

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Okay, that’s it for me.  I definitely feel that nap coming on.  Take the conversation wherever you wish.

 

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.

 

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”

― Criss Jami

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“Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”

― Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

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Happy and good weekend Widdershins

We could also just say plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, n’est pas?

Nothing changes, he’s still a lying pile of steaming excrement and most likely his final utterance with his dying breath will also be a lie of some type.  Again, nothing changes right?

Sooo, let’s look at some songs about lies, liars, and the lies they tell.  I looked around for some new ones and hope you enjoy them.  Again, football weekend and LSU has an afternoon away game so I probably won’t be around much until later.

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So there you go Widdershins. Open thread of course and:

Allons les Tigres!

 

 

I would like you to do us a favor though

Good weekend Widdershins!

Yes, words are important.  Words have meaning and sometimes imply more than what they seem.

though
/T͟Hō/
despite the fact that; although.
“though they were speaking in undertones, Philip could hear them”
even if (introducing a possibility).
“you will be informed of its progress, slow though that may be”
however; but (introducing something opposed to or qualifying what has just been said).
“her first name was Rose, though no one called her that”
adverb
however (indicating that a factor qualifies or imposes restrictions on what was said previously).
“I was hunting for work. Jobs were scarce though”

Donald Trump will soon find out how important words are since his words will probably soon lead to him being only the second U.S. President to be impeached. Of course we Widdershins, being the politically astute crowd that we are, all know that Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.

So lets take a look at some songs about words.  They’re out there.

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So there ya go Widdershins.  Big football day today, Saturday, for me.  LSU is playing Flo-Rita in a night game at Tiger Stadium.

Also, it’s an election day today and I have fingers crossed that John Bel Edwards gets the 50% plus 1 that will enable him to win outright in the primary and avoid a runoff.  He might be a blue dog Democrat but he’s given us expanded Medicaid and a state surplus in the budget.  As Molly Ivins wrote: You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You

Open thread of course but your musical contributions are always appreciated.

 


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