Nov 22, 2020 04:19PM IllinoisLady wrote:
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Nov 22, 2020 04:19PM IllinoisLady wrote:
Nov 22, 2020 04:21PM IllinoisLady wrote:
I think Putin may be a bit crispy around the edges after this as some toast seems to turn out. Biden is not the paid for push-over Trump was.
Nov 22, 2020 04:29PM ruthbru wrote:
This is my last day of quarantine; I still have a cough & can't taste a thing, but other than that feel good. The NEW twist is that DH, who has felt fine the whole time, got tested just to make sure and he is POSITIVE too (just found out last night). Hopefully he will continue to be asymptomatic......stay tuned. I'd say the worst thing about dealing with it is that there is just NO way to know how your body will react. You might be anywhere from fine to dead......with little that you can do about it. Very, very scary.
Nov 22, 2020 04:55PM - edited Nov 22, 2020 04:57PM by DivineMrsM
Ruth, glad to hear you are on the upswing, and I hope your dh stays asymptomatic.
Jackie, love that Biden dangling PA over Trump meme! Haha! And GTFO
Apparently, more Republican senators are saying enough is enough:
“There has to be an end" to President Donald Trump's fight to reverse the outcome of the Nov. 3 election, which the incumbent lost to Joe Biden, Republican Senator Kevin Cramer said on Sunday, joining a small but growing number of GOP officials.
"It's past time to start a transition, to at least cooperate with a transition. I'd rather have a president who has more than one day to prepare," the North Dakota lawmaker said on NBC's "Meet the Press
Kramer said he told his staff "well over a week ago" to cooperate with any transition outreach, adding, "we have a government to run." Senator John Cornyn of Texas tweeted on Sunday that Biden should now be getting intelligence briefings.
Nov 22, 2020 05:05PM Trill1943 wrote:
This isn't political but when I saw it I had to laugh and click it....
Nov 22, 2020 06:47PM glennie19 wrote:
I think Hogan is my favorite GOP governor.
Nov 22, 2020 06:50PM glennie19 wrote:
Nov 22, 2020 07:02PM - edited Nov 22, 2020 07:04PM by DivineMrsM
Love the tshirt, Trill!
Glennie, I have appreciated Larry Hogan standing up to Trump and doing it more often than pretty much any other R Senators. The news highlighted his comment tonight: “stop golfing and concede" but I didn't see his other remark about Trump not doing his job right so the governors had to fend for themselves during the pandemic. The states have not been united in this pandemic due to Trump's actions and I'm glad Hogan called him out on it. How, why did 70 million voters overlook Trump's actions and inactions during this national and global crisis and vote for him?
Nov 22, 2020 07:23PM - edited Nov 22, 2020 07:32PM by DivineMrsMhttps://londondaily.com/british-writer-pens-the-best-description-of-trump-i-ve-read?fbclid=IwAR2OmoxFMYzCkUJMv0kJY7tyONbCUAZc4vuniG3L7vW10EBD2dUiuBSD23c
A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump's limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.
Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don't say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it's a fact. He doesn't even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn't just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It's all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don't. We see it as having no inner world, no soul. And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He's not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat. He's more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.
And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead. There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.
So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy' is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
• Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
• You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.
This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it's impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid. He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.
And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: 'My God… what… have… I… created?' If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.
Nov 22, 2020 11:01PM Betrayal wrote:
The above is priceless. LMAOROF with tears in my eyes. Name for his new show: Trump the Twat! All the contestants would try to trump (stump) him which would neither be difficult or a challenge and he would end up in the dunking booth or a prison cell if they were correct. Shakespeare of shit has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Nov 23, 2020 03:27AM Veeder14 wrote:
The picture of the Giuliani cake made me laugh. that guy is so gross, glad when he’s off the front page of the news
Nov 23, 2020 07:51AM glennie19 wrote:
That piece by Nate White is excellent. Thanks for sharing that.
Nov 23, 2020 07:58AM glennie19 wrote:
Nov 23, 2020 08:02AM glennie19 wrote:
Nov 23, 2020 08:29AM - edited Nov 23, 2020 08:31AM by DivineMrsM
Great way to start the day with these memes. Love the antimasker one!
Sooo true what Colin Powell says, that society based on insults, lies and untruths allows deranged people to feel empowered. That's what's so scary about Trump’s unending “fake news" mantra and all the other bs he spews. These deranged people rise up and try to dominate.
Well, if Trump truly is using this challenging of election results as a smoke screen to plan his exit strategy, cover up crimes and evidence suppression, do you figure that's what's mainly going on at the golf course? It's probably the only place Trump thinks he cannot be spied upon. As they say, the golf course is where alll the deals are made. It seems like Giuliani is also used as a smoke screen to detract attention from what Don's up to. I even read that the meeting with the Michigan electors who went to the WH under the guise of discussing challenging the votes was actually to discuss how to retaliate and get rid of Whitmer who seems to be the bane of Trump's existence.
Nov 23, 2020 08:30AM IllinoisLady wrote:
A garden that never died eventually would weary. Robbed of springtime, unacquainted with the extraordinary perfume that rises from the soil after it's had its rest, the garden that winter doesn't visit is a dull place. The return every spring of earth's first freshness would never be kept if not for the frosts and rot and ripe deaths of fall. So when I go out from the garden for the last time in autumn, I leave the gate open behind me.
Nov 23, 2020 08:41AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Love all the memes and the Shakespeare shit show is spot on. I'm glad you found that to share Divine. I saw it a long time ago and it is still perfection. Ruth, I too hope and pray that you continue to get better and stay very well. Hoping so much too for your Dh. Such horrifical times for all. So thrilled that the vaccines are near and hope they work and work well. Can't be sure. Dh and I will likely be watching to see what the military gets behind.
I think Trump is really starting to screw this whole thing up terribly. He is going to possibly wreck the run-off in Georgia ( won't make me cry ) and so more and more the Reps. are going to have to pull away. Carl Bernstein named the Reps. who absolutely detest Trump -- but they are ( some ) still choking on saying much out loud. Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, and Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey, McSally, Moran, Roberts and Shelby. There are as well many of the WH staff people who are not named. So, I think the fire is getting hotter for something to break here.
Nov 23, 2020 09:08AM - edited Nov 23, 2020 09:09AM by DivineMrsM
Antony Blinken: Biden's secretary of state nominee is sharp break with Trump era
After reports first emerged on Sunday night that Antony Blinken would be US secretary of state in the Biden administration, one particular interview from his past began circulating on social media.
It was a September 2016 conversation with Grover, a character from Sesame Street, on the subject of refugees, directed at American children who might have new classmates from faraway countries.
"We all have something to learn and gain from one another even when it doesn't seem at first like we have much in common," Blinken told the fuzzy blue puppet.
After four years of an administration that has separated migrant children from their parents and kept them in cages, Blinken's arrival at the state department will mark a dramatic change, to say the least.
While Mike Pompeo has remained a domestic politician throughout his tenure as secretary of state, giving the lion's share of his interviews to conservative radio stations in the midwest, for example, Blinken is very much a born internationalist.
He went to school in Paris, where he learned to play the guitar and play football (soccer), and harboured dreams of becoming a film-maker. Before entering the White House under Barack Obama, he used to play in a weekly soccer game with US officials, foreign diplomats and journalists.
All those contacts and the urbane bilingual charm will be targeted at soothing the frayed nerves of western allies, reassuring them that the US is back as a conventional team player. The foreign policy priorities in the first days of a Biden administration will be rejoining treaties and agreements that Donald Trump left.
There is little doubt that Blinken will be on the same page as Joe Biden. He has been at the president-elect's side for nearly two decades. After working in Bill Clinton's national security council, he became Biden's chief foreign policy adviser in the Senate in 2002, as staff director on the foreign relations committee, and worked on Biden's failed presidential bid in 2008.
After Obama picked Biden as vice-president, Blinken returned to the White House as his national security adviser. His face can be seen at the back of the room in the famous photograph of Obama officials monitoring the raid that killed Bin Laden.
Nov 23, 2020 10:24AM ErenTo wrote:
I read that Michael Cohen, who knows the OrangeClown more than most people, thinks Trump will leave the White House for the holidays and will never return. This seems to be pretty much in character with the coward that he is, looking forward to his deepening embarrassment and mockery.
Nov 23, 2020 02:56PM Veeder14 wrote:
That would be good, as the entire place needs to be fumigated before Biden and his staff move in.
Nov 23, 2020 03:45PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:
glennie19 - loved the post about the mirror for antimaskers. Did a business post this?
IllinoisLady - loved the Miicheal Pollen quote about gardens. My garden is small,but i leave the gate closed to minimize dog poop. Have your read Pollen's "How to Change your Mind" - hallucinogenics. Lots of information, maybe too much. I found I did not enjoy that book as much as some of the other ones he has written. Oregon has legalized mushrooms in a cinical setting as well as decriminalizing some other drugs
Nov 23, 2020 04:16PM pingpong1953 wrote:
Saw this on my Facebook feed:
"Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.
But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.
A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said.
We are at our best when we serve others. Be civilized.
Nov 23, 2020 04:39PM - edited Nov 23, 2020 04:39PM by magiclight
Melania Trump..."I'm working…my ass off on the Christmas stuff, that you know. Who gives a f*ck about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?"
Looks like another bah humbug xmas - she should be happy it is her last as [ FLATUS ]
Nov 23, 2020 04:58PM MinusTwo wrote:
pingpong - Margaret Mead on civilization was a GREAT post. Thanks for sharing.
Nov 23, 2020 06:15PM glennie19 wrote:
BlueGirl, that anti-masker window was on my FB feed this AM. It did not give a location, but it sure looks like a business.
the tRumps leave for the holidays and not come back??? Which holidays? Thanksgiving? Or Christmas? If it is Thanksgiving, then Melania won't have to worry about decorating! LOL!
I too love that Margaret Meade post. Thank you for that.
Nov 23, 2020 06:23PM DivineMrsM wrote:
pingpong, what fascinating insight from the Margaret Meade piece!
It would be a wonderful Christmas present for all of us if Donny the Grinch who’s stealing our holidays, left for good and never came back.
My niece just posted a screenshot of CNN breaking news reporting that the GSA tells Biden the transition can formally begin. I can’t find any verification on line yet, tho.
And today Michigan certified its votes:
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Monday certified the state's election results showing Joe Biden defeating President Trump in the presidential race.
The four-member panel voted 3-0 to certify the results from Michigan's 83 counties, further formalizing Biden's win amid Trump's flailing efforts to challenge the election results in court. Biden leads Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes.
Aaron Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chairman of the board, voted with its two Democratic members, Chairwoman Jeannette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak, to certify the results. Norman Shinkle, the other Republican member, abstained.
"We have a clear legal duty to certify the results of the election as shown by the returns that were given to us. We cannot and should not go beyond that," Van Langevelde said in closing remarks before the vote. "John Adams once said, 'We are a government of laws, not men,' and this board must adhere to that principle today."
Shinkle, who indicated before the meeting that he would oppose certification until after an audit or investigation of the results was conducted, asked the Michigan legislature to undertake an "in-depth review of all election processes and procedures in Michigan."
Under Michigan law, however, an audit is conducted after the results of an election are certified, a point emphasized by a number of those who testified on Monday.
"Those who question the outcome, the remedy comes after you say yes," Christopher Thomas, former Michigan director of elections who worked under Republican and Democrat secretaries of state, told the board members in virtual testimony at the outset of the meeting.
The obscure board meeting Monday afternoon was streamed online and attracted tremendous attention, following efforts by Trump and his allies to delay the certification of the results in Michigan and other states. More than 34,000 people were tuned in to the meeting on YouTube at one point.
The board met for nearly four hours before voting and heard virtual testimony from numerous current and former officials involved in elections who pressed them to do their duty and certify the results. Hundreds of members of the public also asked to participate in the meeting.
The certification triggers the selection of electors, who are sent to meet with the rest of the Electoral College on Dec. 14.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox, who advocated for a delay in certification at Monday's meeting, had requested an audit and investigation into alleged voting "irregularities."
Nov 23, 2020 06:34PM - edited Nov 23, 2020 06:35PM by ruthbru
Thank goodness there are still people of good conscience involved in government......unfortunately very few in the Legislative Branch on the National level. How they can live with themselves is a mystery to me.
It's true, the formal transition is on. Thank goodness for that too. And wonderful cabinet picks......don't wake me up if I'm dreamning.
I am off quarantine and spent a fairly normal day. I went grocery shopping as the cupboards were bare, went over and played with my grandpuppies, and dragged out (but did not put up) the Christmas decorations.