Wednesday Reads: Coup… Excuse Me.

The front page of the New York Times for Wednesday…

The New York Times contacted the offices of the top election officials in every state on Monday and Tuesday to ask whether they suspected or had evidence of illegal voting. Officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times. For four of the remaining states, The Times spoke to other statewide officials or found public comments from secretaries of state; none reported any major voting issues.

Statewide officials in Texas did not respond to repeated inquiries. But a spokeswoman for the top elections official in Harris County, the largest county in Texas with a population greater than many states, said that there were only a few minor issues and that “we had a very seamless election.” On Tuesday, the Republican lieutenant governor in Texas, Dan Patrick, announced a $1 million fund to reward reports of voter fraud.

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Yep

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I still have anxiety:

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Someone sent me this

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Omg

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Someone sent me this and it’s perfect

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Straight up? #NewYorkerCartoons 🖋 Seth Fleishman

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Happy Birthday Sesame Street…

Today is Veterans Day…

As we reflect on those who gave their lives fighting for our rights of democracy, let us think on the current occupant of the White House. tRump and his fellow Republicans, who are attempting to coup the very foundation of government these Veterans have for, are threatening the heart of a democratic government. The people’s voice, their vote.

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November 11 is Veteran's Day in the US and Remembrance Day in commonwealth countries, a memorial day observed since the end of World War I to remember all those who died in service to their country. . In Canada we always wore poppies on Remembrance Day because they are mentioned in the opening lines of the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields," referring to poppies growing among the graves of war victims in Belgium.  . This illustration of a poppy is from the 16th-century Great Hours of Anne of Brittany held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Lat. 9474. It contains the Latin text of Psalm 101: 12-18, which, interestingly enough, is quite fitting for this day. . Dies mei sicut umbra declinaverunt, et ego sicut foenum arui. Tu autem, Domine, in aeternum permanes, et memoriale tuum in generationem et generationem. Tu exsurgens misereberis Sion, quia tempus miserendi ejus, quia venit tempus: quoniam placuerunt servis tuis lapides ejus, et terrae ejus miserebuntur. Et timebunt gentes nomen tuum, Domine, et omnes reges terrae gloriam tuam: quia aedificavit Dominus Sion, et videbitur in gloria sua. Respexit in orationem humilium. . My days have declined like a shadow, and I have withered like the grass in the field. But you, O Lord, remain forever, and your remembrance endures for generation and generation. You shall rise up and remember Sion, because it is the time for mercy, because the time comes. For its stones have pleased your servants , and they will have pity on the earth. And the people will fear your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth your glory, because the Lord has built up Sion, and he shall be seen in His glory. He has considered the prayer of the humble. . #medieval #remembranceday #poppy #psalm #latinlanguage #lingualatina #vulgate #Bible

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He ate rats with rice and survived Japanese war camps, but on Saturday Bal Bahadur Basnet, the last surviving Gurkha prisoner of World War II succumbed to Covid-19 at the age of 99. Basnet was captured by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore, and survived four years in a prisoner of war camp in New Guinea. The British Gurkha defending Burma from Japanese invasion had to flee to Malaya, and were captured as Singapore fell. Those who refused to surrender were executed. The war camps were enduring. “On empty stomachs we were made to work carrying heavy loads, and had to bury the bodies of our friends,” Basnet told Nepalitimes in an interview in December last year. “The dead were the lucky ones, those who were alive worried that there would be no one to bury them after they died,” remembered Basnet. After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the camps were liberated by Australian troops who took Basnet and others to Darwin from where they were brought to Bombay. Basnet took a train to Gorakhpur, and then to his village in Galkot of Baglung to reunite who had assumed his demise. Before he was infected with Covid-19, he was perfectly fit and never took any medication. He got up every morning at four, took a cold shower and a walk, and did not even need prescription glasses for reading and writing. Read more about Basnet and his lived experiences at the link in bio @nepalitimes #wwii #prisonersofwar #gurkha #nepal #nepalitimes #covid-19 #war #warcamps #hiroshima #nagasaki

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The latest on Covid:

And…let’s not end on a depressing thought:

Congratulations Chris, fanfuckingtastic!

What’s going on in your part of the world?


Sunday Reads: Voting Observations

“I secured my vote.” What a ridiculous thing to put on a voting sticker in Georgia…where secure and vote are two words that just don’t go well together.

And let me say, there is a new type of voter intimidation. The no mask wearing kind. Out of the say ten to fifteen people at my early voting site in Habersham County…only one was wearing a mask. ( And you can bet your ass I went to them.) I’m not trusting my vote to some tRumper who is obviously making a point by refusing to wear a mask during a pandemic! The message was loud and clear.

It is so fucking disgusting. #MaskUpAndVote

This next video made me cry:

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We are so excited to finally be able to share an incredible project that we’ve been keeping under wraps: official Joe Biden tote bags by the one and only Rick Fleming, available now in the Team Joe Store! As some of you may know, Rick is a longtime and vocal supporter of Vice President Biden and his presidential campaign. He was thrilled back in August to do a commissioned tote bag of Biden. We posted a picture of Rick and his tote, and through a series of serendipitous internet happenings it got the attention of the Biden campaign, who reached out to arrange a call between the VP and Rick. On Saturday October 10th Rick had the opportunity to talk to Vice President Biden via Zoom. While all of us were incredibly nervous, Rick was cool as a cucumber. Rick and the VP chatted about Rick's art, the VP's dogs, and the importance of wearing a mask. Rick got a chance to tell the VP how he has personally donated a portion of his art commissions to the campaign. Then, to top it all off, Vice President Biden asked Rick if his campaign could reproduce and sell Rick’s Biden tote bags through their official campaign web store. Needless to say, we are so incredibly proud of Rick and thrilled to share his work with a campaign that advocates for marginalized voices. Link in bio to purchase the official Biden tote! And don’t forget to VOTE!! . . . #rickflemingart #joebiden #biden2020 #bidenharris2020 #teamjoe

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Innit that wonderful.

The link to the Rick Fleming tote is here.

And you can find more about Sage Studio at:

https://www.sagestudioatx.com/

Here are a few things for this morning:

This next video also made me cry, but for a different reason.

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This sucks

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This just breaks my heart

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Oh so masks work??

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We’re fucked

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We all need a laugh.

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A cartoon by @RozChast. #NewYorkerCartoons

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A few other updates and news stories:

On that note, I’ll end it there.

This is an open thread.


Sunday Reads: SuperSPREADER

No, that is not a link to The Onion:

In a series of phone calls, President Donald Trump floated a bizarre idea last week from his presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — he wanted to rip open his dress shirt after discharge to reveal a Superman symbol beneath, The New York Times reported Saturday.

He “wanted to appear frail at first,” people with knowledge of the conversations told the Times. But underneath his dress shirt, Trump would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal by ripping open the top layer of his clothing. He ultimately opted not to go ahead with the stunt. It wasn’t immediately clear why.

I think it is obvious, tRump is clearly crazy coo coo.

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A cartoon by @b_a_bourgeois. #NewYorkerCartoons

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Meanwhile…

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Looking real good RNC

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This seems like a poor choice of outfit

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Here are a few interesting items, non-political links:

This is a quick post, we have already seen a tornado warning tonight…also flash flood warnings, as the remaining parts of Delta pass over Northeast Georgia. I hope everyone takes care…this is an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: After the Shitshow

Excuse me…you orange turd…but insulin is not cheap like water…and if America is so great, what is your healthcare solution for diabetic patients? Go to another country and get their life dependent medication?

In other disturbing news:

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Vote him out! #debate2020

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How we've all been feeling for the last four years.

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Turd Reich gives his Pig Heilers a tiny thumbs up.

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🤷🏾‍♂️

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And during all this:

Take it easy today…


First Presidential Debate of 2020: Live Dread and Thread

Hi Sky Dancers!!!!!

So here’s some things to read before it starts. We’re here for you!

Just one whopper for Joe!

So, grab a cuppa or a glassa and some snacks and join us! It can’t get any more surreal than this!