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Matt Gaetz, the Trump Virus and more! Links

Matt Gaetz, the smirking congressional representative for my old home district in the Florida Panhandle, is under federal investigation for possibly hiring sex workers (which I admit doesn’t shock me much as a crime) and paying a 17-year-old girl to travel across state lines (that I find way creepier). According to a couple of lawmakers, he also liked showing his colleagues naked photos of women he’d slept with. He went on Tucker Carlson to declare the whole thing an extortion scheme by crooked lawyers, volunteering the information that he’s never been photographed with child prostitutes — which nobody to date has accused him of (and if they’re underage sex workers, then it’s statutory rape again, not prostitution). Unsurprisingly, QAnonites, despite their delusions about sex trafficking conspiracies, believe he’s innocent.

By a strange coincidence, Gaetz also voted against a human-trafficking bill a couple of years back. And here’s some details about his friend Joel Greenberg, an impressively sleazy sleaze — which is relevant because the FBI’s eye fastened on Gaetz as they were pursuing his buddy.

Eight, nine months ago when it looked like it might be two or three years before we had the Trump Virus under control, I could understand people just giving up. But now? With lots and lots of virus becoming available? Surely we can hold on and take extra steps to keep it under control a little while longer? Not according to Wisconsin judges (dissent dissecting the ruling here). Or Florida Governor Ron deSantis, who opposes vaccine passports and wants to stop businesses requiring them from customers. Culture war apparently trumps even the supposedly sacrosanct right of businesses to set their own rules. Which is actually not new. And despite their support for low taxes, Georgia just stripped Delta of some state tax breaks for opposing Georgia’s war on voting. I wonder how they’ll react to baseball pulling the All-Star game from Atlanta?

On the bright side, while GOP won’t protect us from COVID, but it’s out to save us from the non-existent threat of trans people. Protect us from guns? Of course not.

False prophet Nathan French claims his prophecy of a Trump victory was right — it’ll happen in April. Meanwhile, President Biden continues unmaking Trump’s agenda, in this case some of his overseas anti-LGBTQ policies. And dismissing some of Trump’s EPA advisors. And unlike the Obama years, Biden knows to fill empty judicial seats. Oh, but the GOP have nailed him now — his infrastructure bill includes spending on things such as the power grid, water pipes and non-car transportation.

A black activist confronts the police in former Klan country. Another town broils over when two cops take part in the Sedition Day insurrection.

Yet another Sedition Day militant learns he shouldn’t have gone public.

The century-old Antiquities Act allows the president to designate federal land as national monuments, protecting it from development. Chief Justice John Roberts wants to put a stop to that.

Someone ramming their car into the barricade around the Capitol has killed a cop. But a minister thinks disallowing people inside the Capitol area targets his religious freedom to hold a prayer vigil there. Interestingly, the three individuals named in the lawsuit are Vice President Harris, Rep. Pelosi and the female Senate Sergeant at Arms. I think the dude has issues.

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A Too Much Research Week, I guess

Reading a lot for my golem article.

Watching alien abduction films and Stephen Spielberg’s tedious miniseries Taken for Alien Visitors.

Extra time spent on research for my Veteran’s Network blog posts this week.

A shit ton of time spent planning and thinking. First, re-evaluating the work ahead for Alien Visitors and figuring out exactly what I’m doing in the months ahead. Second, I have an offer to edit a book, for pay, but they wanted me to give them a quote. That took a lot of number-crunching and guesstimating, but now it’s done, bid submitted. Worst case, they say no — or worst case, they make me a lower offer, I accept it and it turns out it wasn’t enough for the work involved. Hopefully my estimating skills are better than my doubts.

I did finish the redraft of Chapter Four of Undead Sexist Cliches though I still have to re-edit the footnotes as I rearranged the material so much (fortunately Chapter Five is much tighter organized). And I got an Atomic Junk Shop post up marveling that some people are apparently fine with all Superman’s absurdities but balk at the idea he can put a bun in Lois’s oven.

Then there was today. Wisp woke me up early and unlike some mornings she really, really wanted me to play the laser-pointer game with her. I didn’t quite have the time to do that — I’m not so coordinated I can flash the laser light and still do whatever else I’m doing — so she eventually left in a sulk. Then we got a thunderstorm which freaks Plush Dog out (“Sky noise! Loud evil sky noise!”) and he insisted on coming downstairs and cuddling with me (Trixie came too, inevitably). I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I couldn’t cuddle him and do any stretching or exercise, which left me feeling stiff all day. And with no time to myself in the morning, I never really got my head in the game for the day’s work. I wound up doing some extra work on Atomic Junk Shop posts, which I shouldn’t have been — blogging’s never supposed to take time from productive work — but my mind was balking even at more research reading. Finally this afternoon I found presence of mind for planning, but that was all.

Oh well, as I’ve said before, sooner or later my schedule has to go kaput for a day; that’s just how life is. But only for a day — I have too much to do.

On the personal side, I did accomplish something, getting signed up with Duke as one of the Group Four (older, some health issues) vaccine recipients. Though as the governor’s declared that next month it’s open to anyone, that doesn’t make much of a difference — particularly as I haven’t found any appointments yet. TYG is planning to go out of town to find one (there are nearby communities with slots available), but I haven’t given up on locating something here. We’ll see if I’m right.

And one of my self-published books showed on Amazon, though as usual they haven’t made the data about which book or how many sales. That’s so annoying — if they’re paying me, they have to know — but the sale is great news.


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Sen. Thom Tillis: it’s partisan if I don’t vote for it!

Thom Tillis is once again whining to his constituents — I’m one of them — that Democrats have pushed through a “partisan” COVID-relief bill. Partisan because no Republicans supported it. And bad (according to Tillis) because it spends money on stuff other than just fighting the pandemic (seems these are currently standard talking points). Suffice to say, a lot of Republican bills in the Trump years passed with zero support. I didn’t hear Tillis expressing any problems about Republicans not being bipartisan. Go figure.

He’s also responding to Biden repealing the Global Gag Rule by pushing a bill that will enshrine the rule (which cuts off U.S. funding to organizations that do any sort of abortion-based counseling or referrals) so future Democrats can’t repeal it. Check through this list of blog posts for more on Tillis.

But apparently Dems are partisan enough that kissing Susan Collins’ butt no longer interests them. She’s upset about it. Sen. Ron Johnson is upset people don’t realize the white Sedition Day attackers were patriotic, law-abiding and non-violent — they shouldn’t be compared to the murderers in Black Lives Matter! The five dead and 140 injured might have a thing or two to say about that.

One seditionist from the 1/6 Vanilla Isis assault says he can’t consult freely with his lawyer behind bars. The judge ain’t buying it.

Republicans continue pushing to eliminate the estate tax, which now has an exemption up over $5 million — in other words, not a problem for most people.

An Uber passenger coughed on her driver after he pushed her to wear a mask, then ripped his mask off.

Immigration arrests are already dropping under Biden. Given Tillis’ opposition to sanctuary cities, I imagine he’s pissed about that too.

A nine-year-old, emotionally disturbed girl in Rochester NY refused to get in a police car so officers could take her home. They pepper sprayed her. The police spokesman insists this was completely by the book and the only option they had — which I find more of an indictment than she does.

The allegedly unspeakable agony of white kids in private schools that criticize racism.

Some right-wingers emphasize that many Trump Virus fatalities happen among the obese. But that’s a lot of Americans.

President Trump demands the Republican National Committee not use his name in fundraising letters. RNC says up yours. I do hope this ends in a cage fight.

Shocking! For all his warnings about mail-in fraud, Trump’s voting in a Palm Beach election by mail-in ballot.

No, Joe Biden is not making the military send up pregnant women as pilots.

Georgia’s current rules on absentee and weekend voting were the work of Republicans. Now that Democrats are benefiting, Republicans are rewriting them. And Repubs are more and more open about saying they don’t want “some” people voting. Not that this is surprising — they’ve been ranting about it for more than a decade now.

One of the alleged Sedition Day attackers wants her trial moved to West Texas, where she’s from, because it’s friendlier to Republicans. For bonus points, her attorney’s change-of-venue request includes “cancel culture” and “politically incorrect.”

The fantasy of Trump’s March 4 return to power didn’t happen, so QAnon is now obsessing over not getting the COVID vaccine.

Tucker Carlson whines a lot about the suffering of poor oppressed men. Harassed women? He doesn’t care. Carlson also freaked out about how China’s military is more manly than ours. Senator and veteran Tammy Duckworth, along with a lot of other military members slap Carlson silly online.

An ex-cop and Kentucky State Senator is pushing a bill making it a crime to accost, insult, taunt or challenge a cop.

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Stoicism, forgiveness and other links

Some years back I posted about pundits who insist death and suffering are good for us. That thinking is still around: faced with last week’s snowpocalypse, Mayor Tim Boyd of Colorado City TX brushed off constituents asking for help: “only the strong survive” so stop asking for handouts! A few years earlier, Trump-worshipping Rush Limbaugh took the same tack in response to the Trump Virus: why can’t people be stoic like the Donner Party?

So it’s no surprise Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has apparently been prioritizing vaccine delivery to well-connected communities. When called on it, he said critics should shut up or he’d just yank that county’s entire supply.

Next, forgiveness. In a post from a few years back, Fred Clark discusses Matthew 18, which says if a fellow Christian sins against you, you should confront them quietly and privately. Clark points out this is used as a get-out-of-jail-free card: You can’t report my assault to the cops/the papers, you have to keep it between us! Or in the case of the authors of Selling Satan, that they shouldn’t publish an investigative report on fake Satanist and Christian con-man Mike Warnke because Matthew 18! Clark: “One important thing about both of these teachings of Jesus is that they’re about conflicts between two, and only two, people. Both of them get quite a bit more complicated when there’s a third party involved. “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek,” Jesus said, “turn the other also.” But what if they strike someone else? “If another member of the church sins against you,” Jesus said, “go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.” But what if the other member of the church sins against someone else? You can’t turn someone else’s other cheek. Nor can you require someone else to do so.”

In other news:

Biden revoked Trump’s Muslim travel ban, but there’s more Trump immigration policy to undo.

Fred Clark explains QAnon is old antisemitic wine in new bottles.

Lindsey Graham continues toadying to Trump.

Trump attorney Lin Wood, meanwhile, is facing disciplinary action for his lawyering in Trump’s defense. His solution: dox the State Bar.

Some members of the Southern Baptist Conference are pushing against its rigid conservative doctrine. Conservatives are pushing back.

Biden’s Interior Department nominee, Deb Hyland, isn’t a fan of mining and oil drilling on public lands. Conservatives are pushing back against her, too. And several states want to make protesting fossil fuels a criminal act; in Michigan even if they’re merely arrested on a construction site it could be ten years in prison.

Last week I said that not speaking ill of the dead meant Rush Limbaugh’s admirers would get to paint him for history. Case in point, Gov. DeSantis (yes, again) lowering state flags to half-mast to honor a man he says “connect with his listeners across the fruited plain — the hard-working, God-fearing and patriotic Americans who were and are the subject of derision and ridicule by the legacy media.” Apparently he’s fine when the media spread derision and ridicule for gays, women and people of color because that was Limbaugh’s stock in trade.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger came out against Trump. Some of his family are shocked that he would judge a great Christian man — doesn’t Kinzinger know we are all sinners? And don’t accuse them of hypocrisy because “we are not judging you. This is just our opinion!”

Right-wing shitbags are still claiming persecution is coming. One troll I argued with recently insisted that Biden keeping the National Guard in Washington was clear sign Biden was ready to become a tyrant. There are good reasons they’re still there — the threat isn’t over. And they’re still downplaying the Sedition Day assault.

“Listening to a panel of thinky conservatives talking about the imagined ideology behind cancel culture and you’d think that racism and sexism were ideas invented by millennial progressives to punish people with true ideas for speaking.” — Will Wilkinson

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The Mousse Is Loose!

So for Valentine’s Day, TYG asked for chocolate mousse. I’ve never made it before and I’ve never had much look making anything that requires whipped egg whites, but of course, I gave it a shot.

Turns out that the cookbooks that say a mixer works better than a food processor for whipping eggs were right. They came out firm, and much faster than any other method I’ve tried. I whipped some cream as well, mixed them with the melted dark chocolate, set it to chill and voila! Mousse.

We’ve now been together roughly 12.5 years. Because of TYG, a year of confinement due to the Trump Virus has not been the worst year of my life. Nowhere near as bad as some where my friends were preoccupied and I felt alone (no disrespect to friend intended — life gets in the way sometimes). Or when I was single and convinced I’d always be so. Having her, the pups, and now Wisp makes all the difference.

“Down where the clouds lie on the sea, I found my sweet Penelope, with buds of roses in her hair, and kisses on her mouth.” (paraphrased from Henry Herbert Knibbs).

Oh, and TYG also got me a Spider-Man pop-up Valentine’s Day card. Take a look.



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Let’s discuss pandemic hair

Plushie hasn’t been this hairy in a long while.And neither have I. I can’t quite decide if I’m looking more wizard, wacky inventor or 1700s composer.Come the spring, Plushie will get shaved down a lot. I’ll probably wait until I’m vaccinated and can safely get my hair trimmed by a professional. Given that I’m only slightly elevated risk, not a frontline worker and under 65, it’ll be a while.



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Right and left: political links

So how are Republicans and Dems doing in the Biden Era?

Unsurprisingly Republicans lie a lot. Sean Hannity says Democrats caused the Vanilla Isis assault on the Capitol so it’s outrageous they’re impeaching Trump. Ted Cruz insists that Politico reporters objecting to turning over an issue to right-wing hack Ben Shapiro are no different than the Borg. Mitch McConnell, who opposed impeaching Trump before the election, now thinks after the election is too late. Lying anti-gay bigot Tony Perkins fought for overturning the election but now he’s very concerned Biden is tampering with democracy. And Sarah Huckabee Sanders lies as much running for Arkansas governor as she did as press secretary. Like her preacher father, she’s not at all bothered about bearing false witness against her neighbors.

They’re still dealing with the fallout from the assault on the capitol and the loss of the White House. Gay-hater Scott Lively says God removed Trump from office for being too pro-gay. Another false prophet says Heaven recognizes Trump as president. Some QAnon believers have decided Trump will be inaugurated on March 4 as the rightful president. It’s a myth imported into QAnon from the sovereign citizens movement.

And of course, after spending like a drunken sailor in a brothel during the Trump years, Republicans suddenly care about the deficit. And Eric Metaxas pretends that businesses dropping the MyPillow guy’s line of goods is like what happened in Nazi Germany. Erick Erickson explains Republicans only went for anti-Semite QAnon believer Marjorie Taylor Greene because nobody had heard of QAnon — it sounded like something the left made up! And rightwing hack Salena Zito explains (at the same link) that Trump was no more divisive than Obama supporting gay rights, because that was a direct attack on anti-gay Republican voters’ values! Both sides do it!

Kellyanne Conway allegedly posted a nude photo of her daughter online. Though her daughter thinks Mom was hacked, she says Mom took the photo “to use against me one day.” Some of Trump’s other loyal aides are shocked that their fascist resume is hurting their job search.

The GOP’s coup didn’t succeed. So now they’re working on their more usual methods of trashing democracy. For a foretaste, look at how they’ve enshrined minority rule in Wisconsin. Josh Hawley defends his support for sedition on the grounds his voters wanted it. As noted at the link, that ignores his role convincing them the election was stolen.

President Biden meanwhile, is continuing to do much more than I expected. Executive orders ending government contracts with private prisons and ordering HUD to look at how previous administrations have undermined fair-housing rules (hmm, does he have a specific administration in mind?). And he’s reopening the ACA marketplaces. And withdrawing a Trump rule allowing chicken plants to force employees to work insanely faster (details at the link on why this is a good thing). And he’s firing Trump’s worst appointees. Dr. Jill Biden is working with the task force reuniting immigrant children the Trump administration tore from their parents. And the president rescinded the global gag rule on abortion.

The Democrats are showing more sense than usual. They’re looking at using budget reconciliation to pass Trump virus relief, which means Moscow Mitch can’t filibuster. And Senators Collins and Murkowski are … upset! Given their history of wringing their hands about Trump while doing nothing, I am singularly unimpressed. I doubt Trump’s entire legal team for the impeachment trial quitting (apparently Trump was demanding they defend him by recycling Election Theft claims) will matter for that reason — Republicans don’t care whether his defense is any good (and he’s already found fresh lawyers). Would love it if I was wrong, though.

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Well, the 2021 rollout was never going to be perfect …

Unsurprisingly, the vaccine rollout was not as fast as Trump promised. It would take a decade to inoculate everyone at the current rate (some details in this twitter thread). Small wonder; his only interest in the vaccine is getting credit for it. And let’s not forget the new, improved mutant version may make the pandemic worse. I hope Biden can fix the rollout speed; unfortunately I don’t know he can fix the suspicion and paranoia driving healthcare workers out of small towns.

Will we see more vaccine-destruction incidents like this one?

Anti-American Senator Josh Hawley Tweets that he’s challenging the electoral votes this week: “74 million Americans are not going to be told their voices don’t matter” as if “didn’t win” was the same as “don’t matter.” And if the 81 million voters who went Biden get their votes canceled, he’s fine with that. Ted Cruz is shocked that while Democrats talk about bringing the country together, they say the coup supporters like himself are seditious — well, it is. But I see Republicans have already gotten over the whole “fuck your feelings” thing and are back to “why must people hurt our fee-fees like this?” It’s a card they’ve been playing since the Clinton years, and it’s always bullshit: civility is just an excuse for “Shut up and never criticize us!”

Jim Jordan has Tweeted “why are Democrats scared to have a debate on election integrity?” Simple, Republicans aren’t debating in good faith. This isn’t a debate, it’s a bunch of liars demanding they be taken seriously, instead of as the Anti-American shits they are. The Rasmussen polling organization has embraced Stalin’s approach to winning elections. This relates to the truly bizarre belief that the true intent of the Constitution authorizes the vice-president to single-handedly decide the election.

Last year, a lot of distilleries made hand sanitizer to cope with shortages. Legally, the FDA has to charge them fees for this. Again, I hope this is something we can fix.

Trump’s pardoning murderers. And sadists. Some of his pardons may have violated international law, but why would he care?

While our country has a poor history of late in taking down rich, powerful people, I’m hopeful there’s enough pressure to see Trump pay for something that some of the legal efforts against him go forward. Like this one.

Can students curse out their school on their personal social media? A school district says no; the Supreme Court will decide.

“When only half the divide is being tasked with making the peace, there is no peace to be made, but there is a unilateral surrender on offer. We are told to consider this bipartisanship, but the very word means both sides abandon their partisanship, and Mitch McConnell and company have absolutely no interest in doing that.” — Rebecca Solnit on why compromise is no longer possible or good.

“But 2020 has taught me that I am, for better or worse, someone who wants to hope for things. To believe in the people who developed vaccines. In the people who administered them. In Sandra Lindsay. In the people who delivered groceries, who sewed masks, who have long cursed America’s imperfect systems and long fought to change them, who still donate $10 to a sick teacher’s GoFundMe.” — Monica Hesse on hope in 2020.

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2020: not my most productive year

And I can’t even blame the pandemic: after all, I was working at home long before the Trump Virus made it a life-saving option. TYG working from home has in some ways made my work easier, as I don’t have dogs all day. I do, however, get randomly called to take over dog-car for her when she gets busy or Plushie gets fidgety, but it’s still mostly a win.

Nevertheless, I didn’t get anywhere near as much done as I’d anticipated. Partly that’s because pandemic stress did slow me down the first two or three months. Plus Undead Sexist Cliches took much more time to complete than I’d planned (Which is typical. Nonfiction always eats into my fiction-writing time). Redrafting Impossible Takes a Little Longer did too — so much more that I didn’t get beyond four chapters in, though they’re much better chapters. I finished two short stories, submitted shorts 27 times, and sold three (two of them reprints), none of which met my goals. And I fell just a few hundred dollars short of my income goal for the year, due to Leaf work stopping in early December. But I did finish Undead Sexist Cliches, and I’m almost done with Questionable Minds; I’d wanted them finished and published, but I’m still pleased to know they will be done soon.

Plans for travel and for local social events didn’t happen, obviously. Neither did a lot of my personal goals for doing stuff with TYG: she had some ultra-demanding personal projects going on the first couple of months of 2020 and by the time they wrapped up, we were hunkering down at home. The brightest spot of the year for us, though, was her working from home and discovering she not only liked it, she could be more productive even when dealing with dogs. So she’s not going back. It’s much less stress for her, no time spent driving to work, and having added help with the dogs is easier for me.

I donated more money this year, and contributed regularly to a local food bank. Didn’t do as much to contribute to the commonweal as I’d intended to, even so; I’ll work on doing more in 2021.

Wisp was a big success. She’s gone from occasionally coming in the door to eat and get petting to coming in and snuggling on the couch. Last weekend we brought her in late in the evening and left her downstairs all night; I wasn’t sure she’d be happy with that, but it turned out fine. We’re still some ways from making her a permanent indoor cat (we’d like to do that — much safer for the birds) but maybe it’s not as impossible as I was starting to think. In any case, she’s definitely part of our family now: like Plushie and Trixie she has her own Christmas ornament.

And I did accomplish two personal goals. In 2019 I got out of the habit of baking bread regularly so I set myself a goal for 2020 of baking at least twice a month (including muffins and scones). I succeeded. And for the first time since moving up here—okay, and a long time before that—I cleared all the new books out of my to be read shelf. Yes, I know, that just means I’m not buying enough books, but seriously, having a book sit on my shelves for three years before I get to it just annoys me. We’ll see if I can keep up in 2021. Total books read, 214, if you’re wondering, including about 40 percent graphic novels.

Despite the disappointments—all those submissions and only one new story sold?—this was overall a good year for me. Even with all the things I missed, like visiting my family and friends in Florida, it turns out TYG, writing and our pets can keep me pretty happy.

Still I’m ready for the vaccine, though it’ll be a while before TYG or I get a dose. Ready for Trump to be gone. Ready for 2021.


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Before we say goodbye 2020, here’s some links

“On Friday, Trump met with several allies, including Giuliani, Meadows, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and White House lawyer Pat Cipollone. Trump asked about deploying the military to rerun the election an idea that Flynn floated during an interview on Newsmax.” — gotta say, I think the Washington Post should have led with that instead of tossing it off in an article about how Trump’s staff are sadly preparing to move on. Oh, Trump’s also proposed appointing Sidney “release the Kraken” Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud, though I can’t see what good that will do. Hopefully calls for civil war won’t do any good either.

Trump’s former Chief of Staff John Kelly says the staff working under Trump were decent people serving their country and shouldn’t be shamed or suffer in their future careers. Jennifer Rubin’s response: “These people are not victims. Their reputations have been besmirched for the best of reasons: They participated in an administration unparalleled in its corruption, meanness, racism and authoritarianism.”

Fox’s Lou Dobbs linked the Smartmatic election tech company to voter fraud. Smarmatic threatened legal action. Go figure, Dobbs changed his mind.

I suspect lobbying efforts by companies to get vaccines for their workers will be even bigger in 2021. Unfortunately so will lies from anti-vaxxers.

The efforts to manipulate the narrative around the Ahmaud Arbery murder case won’t go away either. I see from the article they’re already going with the “he was no angel” defense.

Trump mismanaged the pandemic in almost every way possible (Scott Atlas, White House advisor, was a big help). And now that a vaccine is available, Republicans are still screwing up The first link, by the way, points out how insanely Trump turned his administration into a device for protecting his fragile fee-fees: his staff organized rallies because he felt so sad without them, they stopped bringing up the Trump Virus because he got so cranky. But hey, Trump’s not spending his last days idle: his new executive order makes classical architecture the default style for public buildings. I cannot imagine who thinks this is important (I’m sure President Tiny Brain doesn’t).

With a vaccine now available, it’s now only a matter of waiting. Distance a while longer, go masked a while longer. But Florida’s Governor DeSantis is having none of that.

“Donald J. Trump will exit the White House as a private citizen next month perched atop a pile of campaign cash unheard-of for an outgoing president, and with few legal limits on how he can spend it.” Remember this when a Trumper talks about how President Shit Gibbon gave up billions to serve his country. In reality it’s bee his most successful business venture.

Despite Trump’s repeated failures, Republican Loren Culp, who failed to unseat Gov. Jay Inslee in Washington, is following Trump’s playbook: crying fraud, filing lawsuits and raising lots of money. Meanwhile Kimberly Klacik, who lost her run for political office in Maryland, is Tweeting that Mark Zuckerberg and Mitch McConnell have both married Chinese Americans (“I just post facts.”). I’m really amazed how fast the right has seized onto Biden as Chinese Puppet, but I shouldn’t have been (a point I’ll have more to say about later). I’m more than a little worried about how many cops side with the conspiracy crackpots. In hind sight, the Jade Helm conspiracy theory of a few years ago, was a foretaste of where we are now. Some of what we’re seeing may be just posing for the base, but eventually it turns real.

If Biden stops the border wall it will save $2.6 billion. I have a feeling the Republicans who are suddenly getting all deficit-minded again will not be pleased.

Trump’s followers aren’t enthusiastic about the vaccine, but they still think their president should get all the credit for it.

Along with worrying about the deficit, Republicans will once again start worrying about the tone of our national conversation: Sen. Marco Rubio has decided it’s just awful Biden’s prospective chief of staff, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, referred to Republicans as “fuckers.” Roy Edroso puts this in perspective. That’s why I’m with Rubin; if these shits want to be called anything else, start earning it.

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