I know we’re all supposed to be up in arms that companies are firing people for being part of the angry mob storming Capitol Hill, seeing it as corporate America suppressing dissent and freedom of speech, Brendan Eich 2.0, etcetera…
… but if you can’t be bothered to take off your COMPANY ID BADGE as you’re rampaging the halls of Congress, I just don’t think you were on the glide path for the corner office, you know?
But this is different. This is President Trump encouraging an angry mob to march on Capitol Hill and prevent the legislative branch of government from performing its duties, and then dragging his feet on restoring order.
I’m not a fan of the 25th Amendment suggestion, because it’s never been used before, it’s clearly meant for something like a stroke, and I’m not sure Trump’s mental state today is different from last week, or last month, or last year.
The angry mob stormed the Capitol and smashed the window in a locked door. Armed police were behind the door, protecting elected lawmakers. (Note that the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore are in the presidential line of succession.)
Babbitt’s death was an avoidable tragedy, but just what did she, and the rest of that mob, think was going to happen? What do you expect will occur when you try to smash down doors that are protected by armed police officers?
Wednesday afternoon, demonstrators-turned-rioters, many carrying pro-Trump signs and wearing MAGA hats and other indicators of support for Trump, broke through the doors. Some of them came to blows with U.S. Capitol Police…
The short-lived but intense interest in purchasing these candles illustrates the appetite for “immanentizing the eschaton,” seeking for what only the divine can provide in some deeply flawed, flesh-and-blood politician or public figure.
If you’re lucky, a political leader will be a good person. But they can’t deliver miracles, they can’t create heaven on earth, they’re as flawed and vulnerable to temptation as the rest of us, and they were never meant to be worshipped as idols.
In Georgia, the GOP had won every Senate race since 2002, every gubernatorial race since 1998 (despite what Stacey Abrams claims), every lieutenant gubernatorial race since 2004, every secretary of state race since 2002, & every state AG race since 2006.
In 2014, the last major midterm election before Donald Trump descended the escalator and ran for president, Republicans won the gubernatorial election by more than 200,000 votes, and the lieutenant governor’s race and the down-ticket races…
by margins close to or exceeding 400,000 votes, while Perdue won the Senate race by more than 197,000 votes. In other words, up until very recently, Georgia was a really, really Republican-leaning state.
Raphael Warnock, Democratic Senate candidate and senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, has had repeated problems remembering to pay the property taxes on church properties and his church’s trash collection over the past decade.
A lot of snarky “the Jets” answers, but I’ve been floating an idea to fellow Jets fans that they should try an Osweiler-like trade. Take Wentz off the Eagles’ hands and accept early round draft picks from Philly as compensation.
Philly is currently $50 million over the cap for next year, and has the worst contract in the league in Wentz. They’ll be in cap hell until they unload him.
I know the Dalai Lama reincarnation stuff looks silly in this gargantuan pandemic relief bill, but it relates to the U.S. refusing to assent if China, which controls Tibet, tries to select the next reincarnation.
We can argue whether this language belongs in this bill, but it's not just that Congress decided to regulate reincarnation on top of everything else.
Perhaps this weekend's reports just reveal a meaningless White House bull session, where a depressed president meets with anyone willing to float any fantasy scenario of him staying in office, and nothing will come of it.
But American presidents aren’t supposed to even _discuss_ invoking martial law and re-doing a presidential election because they’re upset that they lost, after losing dozens of court cases challenging the election results.
If you still have more faith in Giuliani & Powell than everyone who says they’re serving up nonsense, don’t take my word for it. Every court document that is filed in relation to the election gets posted online. DemocracyDocket does it pretty quick.
If you put your faith in Trump’s claim of a presidential election stolen through massive alteration of votes through the use of voting software, and the legal skills of Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, I am sorry to tell you that you have been conned.
Dominion Voting Systems works in 28 states and ran elections in Ohio, Florida, and other states that Trump won. In Florida, which Trump won by a wider margin than expected, the division of elections certified their systems as safe, secure, and effective.
Obama writes of Israel & the Palestinians, "I thought it was reasonable to ask the stronger party to take a bigger first step in the direction of peace.” This explains a lot about how Obama sees the world, and why his negotiations hit walls so frequently.
I’m not going to tell anyone what to do with their Thanksgiving plans. For many people it’s been a miserable and lonely year, and they’re not going to want to hear that they shouldn’t see their friends and family on the biggest travel week of the year.
But considering the skyrocketing rate of new cases, if you have the chance to get tested for the virus, you might want to take that opportunity before you see your elderly aunts and uncles or grandparents.
In the last week, the United States has had 1.1 million new COVID-19 cases and 8,244 new deaths, according to the CDC. Measuring the hospitalization rate nationwide is difficult because not all states collect similar data…
As noted yesterday, even if the county board had stalemated or been unable to certify the results, the whole matter would automatically be transferred to the State Board of Canvassers to evaluate for themselves.
That said, at least one member of the state board is not shrugging off allegations of improprieties: Norm Shinkle, who also serves as chairman of Michigan’s eighth congressional district Republican Committee.
Over here we have localities instituting curfews (apparently the virus is like a vampire and more active at night), governors banning sales of paint, police cite people for sitting in their cars at the beach…
… and the New York City Health Department issues the guidance, “Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.”
Voter fraud exists. In 2019 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a man confessed to police he " routinely picks-up ‘girls’ in the Port Richmond [area], and brings them back to his residence for the purpose of obtaining absentee ballot signatures from them.”
Earlier this year, Randy Allen Jumper pled guilty to one count of attempted illegal voting after being charged with voting twice in the 2016 general election — once in Pima County, Ariz., and once in Washoe County, Nev.
To cast a fraudulent ballot, a lawbreaker needs more than just a blank absentee ballot and to fill it out with a made-up name and to stuff the ballot box. The ballot has to match the name of a registered voter.
In Michigan, the signature on the absentee ballot has to match the signature on the voter’s registration file, so the fraudster has to be able to create a reasonable facsimile of the person’s signature.