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“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

–Albert Einstein

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  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Eighty seven days 'til we vote out the beast,

    And expel this infected yeast.

    He'll bawl and cry and scheme for a coup — 

    Something the FBI won't let him do!

  2. kwtreekwtree says:

    Friday Night Massacre at the Post Office

    According to the Washington Post, this was done in response to Democratic Congressional investigations of orders to slow down mail delivery.

    Most analysts see it as 1) fulfillment of a long term Trump agenda to privatize the Post Office 2) paybacks to Jeff Bezos of  Amazon, as Amazon’s services will be impacted by USPS price increases, 3) elimination of competition – the new Postmaster General, Trump megadonor Louis DeJoy, has substantial investments in competing companies and contractors, such as UPS and J B Hunt. That conflict of interest is another thing congress wants the Inspector General to investigate.

    4) In a pandemic, when shut-ins need mail delivery of medicine, food, and other essentials more than ever, and when there is a majority mail ballot US election in 3 months, most see the shakeup at USPS as an effort to bring chaos and uncertainty to that election, and to suppress the vote. 5) Delayed mail may also disrupt the US census. 
     

    When DeJoy met with Pelosi and Schumer this week, he was questioned about why he had made changes that delay mail. The Congressional leaders are asking the USPS Inspector General, Tammy Whitcomb, to investigate. Whitcomb is a career civil servant and presumably neutral, but she is “acting”, and so can be replaced if she displeases the President.

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      Another candidate for the White House-to-prison pipeline (or is it a sluice?) The Screaming Yam is constructing.

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      IGs apparently can be removed whether they are "acting" or not.  

      I'm hoping the changes in the USPS will become noticeable to a wide scope of people in the next few weeks.  Checks in the mail providing income to people and checks in the mail paying bills make a difference.  So will "slightly" delayed medications and birthday cards.

      The more direct hit is an apparent decision to not treat absentee ballots going out or coming in as "bulk" mail — apparently, ballots are going to be first class.  How many election offices do you suppose happen to have enough money to cover both the increased number of people using absentee ballots AND a bump in price from $0.20 to $0.55 for each one?

  3. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Gwynne Dyer in the Jerusalem Post warns that Stinky Boy will try to manufacture an “October surprise” — probably a phoney foreign crisis, to steal a re-election:

     

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    His only hope is to manufacture an October Surprise: a re-staged Tonkin Gulf “incident” with China, perhaps, or a terrorist “threat” so humongous that it gives him a pretext to declare martial law nationwide. Or maybe he will arrange the premature certification of a COVID-19 vaccine so he can roll it out just before the vote. If it kills a lot of people later on, who cares? He’ll have won.

    Trump knows that if he loses the election, he will spend the rest of his life in court, possibly even in jail. He will do whatever it takes to win. It isn’t over yet.

     

     

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      You are correct about T***ps’ intentions, but his strategy is an all of the above assault on whatever and all obstacles that exist. After all, he is using OUR resources against us.There is a reason I call him the Orange Destruction. From the outset of his career, if not before, he has used the tactics of division and destruction to get his way. He has no shame, no conscience, no redeeming characteristics.

      When Americas’ Worst President is finally brought to justice, he deserves no mercy. He will offer none. Expect the same behavior from El Gordo you expect from his mentor, Vladimir. They speak fairly regularly, I have heard. Many people are saying, anyway…

       

    • Genghis says:

      G[w]ynne Dyer in the Jerusalem Post warns that Stinky Boy will try to manufacture an “October surprise” — probably a phone foreign crisis, to steal a re-election:

      That observation will surely prove true, but also falls within "Duh"/"No shit"/"The hell you say"/"This is my surprised face" territory.

      Also, we're seeing lots of headlines about how Trump saved unemployment benefits and provided payroll tax relief (it's bullshit, of course), and CNN has a headline describing Dem complaints about what's happening at USPS as a "conspiracy theory." The Liberal Mainstream Media (lol no such thing) is doing its job, placing its thumb on the Trump side of the scale.

      But hey, it's all peaches and cream cuz polls.

  4. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Eighty six days 'til we vote out Trump.

    Just another eighty six days.

    Live this day in a loving way

    Then eighty five days will end this Chump.

     

  5. OpenSpace says:

    Um, anyone see Hick’s latest ad about Trump unable to solve a problem he cannot see?

    I cannot unsee Hick’s ruby red grandma lips in that ad? Who does his ads? Get better lighting and a better makeup artist – they should be better at this 

    • The realistThe realist says:

      Haven’t seen that one but I have yet to see a good Hick ad. He and his folks may think he’s a shoo-in – not in this crazy year. Maybe the U.S. Senate race is the one where conservatives say, “Okay, I can vote against Trump and Boebert, but hey, nothin’ wrong with keeping smilin’ Cory in office.”

  6. Mr. L. Prosser says:

    RMGO's Dudley Brown has a "we ate'nt dead"* whine up at today's Colorado Sun

    https://coloradosun.com/2020/08/08/rocky-mountain-gun-owners-elections-politics-opinion/

    *Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax placard

  7. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    A contest, my friends…

    Guess which day The Orange King declares martial law, and tries to make it stick. 

    I think Oct. 12th. I don’t think he waits til he loses.

     

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      I wanna claim October 2 … part of a Friday night news dump, a month before the end of voting, and the full load of leaves around Bedminster, NJ make good cover for the Proud Boys.

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        Remember, you could never pull off a coup without the suport of our national police force, the FBI. And the FBI hates Trump, as do all real Americans.

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          Do you think that will keep him from trying?

        • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

          That's the same FBI that includes people from the NYC office that leaked material about the impending indictments of Hillary Clinton, right?  Those are the ones who hate Trump?  FBI folks vary. 

          I don't think Trump could pull off an Easter parade, let along a coup.  I don't think his White House toadies could organize much of anything without having leaks, and that would undercut their ability to plan a coup.  And I don't think ANY of them are likely to have solid enough relationships with the range of police, intelligence, guard and military troops, to carry out a coup in opposition to those who take their oaths to the Constitution and the ideal of government "of the people" seriously. 

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