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“When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds.”

–Will Rogers

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  1. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from John Stoehr at Religion Dispatches on: "THE DANGEROUS FACT ABOUT QANON BELIEVERS THAT REPORTERS FAIL TO GRASP"

    Interesting perspective on the Rural-Urban divide. Maybe a bit of rhetorical exaggeration, as I don't think the divide is really Rural-Urban, rather Traditional White-privilege vs Changing World.  (Rural or small-town life can certainly be worse-than-stultifying if you are creative or gay, and the the big city or liberal college town or high-tech career is a way to escape from Fort Morgan.)

    But the conclusion makes sense:

    She ends up reporting that some Americans believe, for instance, that a “secret cabal” of Democrats and other “radical leftists” in the “deep state” is, in addition to sexually molesting innocent children and perhaps eating them, too, trying to bring down Donald Trump. (This is the QAnon conspiracy you’ve read about lately.) What she should be reporting is that some Americans are willing to say anything to justify any action—violence, insurrection, even treason—to defeat their perceived enemies. Elite reporters, and some non-elite reporters who are following suit, keep talking about conspiracy theories as if they were a “collective delusion.” They are no such thing. The authoritarians who espouse them don’t care if QAnon is true. They don’t care that it’s false. Conspiracy theories are a convenience, a means of rationalizing what they already want to do, which is precisely what elite reporters can’t know and do not report.

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Tune of “Hey Jude”

    -0-

    Hey Joe,

    Don’t be afraid.

    Throw out Trumpstink

    And heal this nation.

    Remember we once had dignity

    And decency in the Oval office.

    *

    Joe and Kamala

    La la la la

    Will heal this nation.

    *

    Hey Joe, don’t be deceived

    Putin’s clown is spreading COVID.

    And we will all be relieved

    When we’ve perceived his reign is over.

    *

    Joe and Kamala la la

    Have the right stuff

    To heal this nation.

    They will go right to work in a million good ways

    When we vote out this jerk

    In 46 days.

    Joe and Kama la la

    La la la la

    Will heal this nation.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Today is World Water Monitoring Day

  4. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Another round of payments to American farmers coming to a mailbox near you!!

    Trump announces second round of CFAP payments

    President Donald Trump, speaking at a campaign rally Thursday night in Wisconsin, announced that the administration would distribute about $13 billion in additional payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, starting next week.  

     

  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Mr. Meghan McCain is in the crosshairs of The Lincon Project: 

  6. gertie97 says:

    Check out the GJ Sentinel's piece on Boebert today if you can. When Charles Ashby decides to dig and do actual reporting work, he can turn in fine stories. This is one of them.

    I'd link to it if I could figure out the combo.

  7. DENependent says:

    FiveThirtyEight has its Senate forecast out, but they’re estimating the race in Colorado as 49.5% to 45.5% even though six of the eight most recent polls show Hick winning by 9% or more. What’s up with that? Is their secret sauce fundamentals thinking that Colorado is more purple than the polls?

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/senate/colorado/

    I’m also surprised by their view that Maine is the closest of the Senate elections this cycle. Really? That seems out of line with the actual polling.

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/senate/maine/

    • ParkHill says:

      The probability of winning is different from the projected vote totals.

      The probability of Hickenlooper winning is lower because we are a month out, and "things" could happen. 538's probabilities become more certain/favorable as we move through the next few weeks.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        "Things" could happen….

        Indeed. Perhaps Moscow Mitch will dump another $20 million into Colorado with those nasty ads about the reprimand from the so-called independent ethics commission and the rampant corruption.

        Serious question:  the Natural Resources Defense Council is running commercials supporting Hick. Is Hick less of a Fossilonian than I thought?  Or is he just less of a Fossilonian than Gardner?

      • DENependent says:

        Not the chance of winning. That’s 68 to 32 in Colorado, no I’m talking about their estimate of the popular vote. It seems way out of line with the polls.

  8. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    National, not Colorado. From Bloomberg.com

    Another problem for Trump is that he remains unable to talk coherently about most areas of government and public policy. So when he’s asked, for example, about pre-existing conditions, he gives no indication that he has any idea what the topic is about; I’ve heard him many times on the subject now, and as far as I can tell he’s aware that there’s something called pre-existing conditions, and that it has something to do with health care, and that he’s supposed to be for it. But it might as well be ice cream or violins. So on Tuesday he claimed that Biden is for “socialized medicine” and therefore would “get rid of pre-existing conditions.” Which, outside of not being true, simply doesn’t make sense.

  9. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Biden went to Minnesota today and tore the hide off this country's biggest welfare bum, Donny Rich Kid.  More.  Pour it on, Joe!

  10. itlduso says:

    RBG has died.  
    Holy shit.

    If they want to steal two seats, then we’ll add two seats.

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