Weekend Open Thread

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

–John Quincy Adams

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Saturday is National Bison Day

    Sunday is National Cappuccino Day.

  2. ParkHill says:

    WOTD: "Demonic Confederacies & Angels from Africa".

  3. A riddle, for our Q-anon friends:

    As I was going out to vote,
    I saw a Beast with seven goats
    Every goat had seven kids
    Every kid had seven heads
    Every head had seven horns
    Horns, heads, kids, goats –
    How many were going out to vote?

  4. kwtree says:

    MSNBC calling Biden President Elect with latest vores from Philly.!

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    73 days and (checks clock) a bit under 22 hours to go….

    Jill Biden apparently tweeted out a photo with Joe in a Biden #46 hat.  I'm wondering if those will become valuable eccentricities — with Trump coming down with something awful and resigning, with Pence becoming #46 in time to pardon all of the Trump family members.

    • harrydoby says:

      Fortunately, pardons aren’t for future crimes.  And wouldn’t they need to be charged with a crime before it could be pardoned?

      They would have to explicitly confess to breaking federal laws in order to be pardoned.  Anything discovered later would not be covered.  And of course, state criminal investigations would not be affected. And as OJ found out, civil suits could serve the cause of justice as well.

      But, yeah, Pence might become #46 for a few weeks, given the norm-breaking Trump regime years.

  6. gertie97 says:

    Pizza actually worked! After years toiling in newsrooms on election nights, I realized Friday evening we had not yet had pizza for the longest presidential election night ever. So I ordered some.

    And Biden was called the winner this morning!


    • The realist says:

      But I’M going to take credit – 20 hours ago I officially called the election:

      “I hereby officially call the election: Biden and Harris are the winners. They are our next President and Vice President. Congratulations to our President-elect and Vice-President-elect! #CallTheElection”

  7. harrydoby says:

    Mike Littwin has an excellent column worth reading.  He dug up a 65 year old quote I’d never heard, but explains a lot — where the GOP’s current mindset really became mainstream (when Joe McCarthy was thought merely to be an aberration).

    Before Watergate, before Vietnam, back when Nixon was a mere vice president, Adlai Stevenson, the Democrat who lost two chances at the presidency in the 1950s, spoke of a place called Nixonland: “Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different.”

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Nixon was a better president than Trump. Reasons I know this: signed the National Environmental Policy Act, signed the Endangered Species Act, banned DDT, signed the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, created the EPA.

      What has Trump done other than being a tool of the oil & gas industry? He did sign the Great Outdoors America Act, but probably did so only as a sop to the Senate campaigns of Cory Gardner and Steve Daines.

      • CDW says:

        It was a Democratic Congress that passed these acts, but Nixon did sign them.  Credit where credit's due.

      • harrydoby says:

        CHB — Littwin’s point was that Nixon was the grandfather of today’s Republican Party, with Trump being the logical outcome of the path Nixon forged about 70 years ago.

        Fortunately, Biden’s call for unity is more aligned with Stevenson’s philosophy, and we are fortunate that Biden actually won and is a position to follow his better angels.

  8. CDW says:

    Neither Biden nor trmp has 50% in Georgia at this point.  Will the presidential race go to a runoff in GA if neither reaches 50%?

  9. Duke Cox says:


    Alex Trebek.

    What beloved game show host has just passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer?

    Rest in Peace, Alex.



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