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© Nick Anderson

That’s right, 4 cases of voter fraud found in the 2016 election. Out of around 129 million votes cast. That’s 0.000003 percent. Ten times more people die from lightning (43/year).

A whopping 150,000 people (and rising) have died from the coronavirus this year. And that’s before we open schools and make things far worse.


Strange Bedfellows

Ammon Bundy, the anti-government activist who led the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, declared that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement. He also expressed support for “defunding the police because yes the police need to be defunded.”

You must have a problem in your mind if you think that somehow the Black Lives Matter is more dangerous than the police. You must have a problem in your mind if you think that Antifa is the one going to take your freedom. … you must be hypnotized by these social media code words or by conservative talk show hosts.

I am not in favor of abolishing the police, but I am in favor of minimizing their power. Law enforcement is a necessary element of a free and civil society and I am wholeheartedly in favor of having a law-abiding peacekeeping force that ensures the peace and safety of its citizens. … What I want is what most rational and free-thinking people want — I want freedom to live the life that I want without fear of my government oppressing me or physically assaulting me. Patriots want that. And guess what, many people within the BLM movement just want the same thing.

Even though I was very upset at what Bundy did at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, I applaud him for acknowledging that his views and the BLM movement are two sides of the same coin.


Newspaper clipping

No comment needed:


Honest Government Ad

What a fantastic summary of what is going on in our country. This must have been made a few days ago, because they left off the part about Trump and the Republicans massively screwing around with the Post Office so your ballots sent by mail will arrive too late to be counted (if you even receive them at all).

Warning: like the last one, this video contains obscenity. And I’m not just talking about the swear words.


Wake Up

This is a new kind of ad from The Lincoln Project. It is 6 minutes long, so it likely won’t be shown on TV. And it uses actors, rather than the usual politicians saying and doing things.

But it has an incredibly strong message, which is that Donald Trump has been able to normalized behavior that previously would have been unacceptable (even impeachable). He is like a machine gun, spitting out insults, racist dog whistles, and outright lies so fast that they don’t register anymore. And Trump’s enablers, including Fox News and the GOP-controlled Senate, have helped by making craven excuses for him.

How do you fight this? By pointing out what would happen if you had been asleep since Trump became president, and suddenly woke up and were told everything that had gone terribly wrong in the last 3 and a half years, all at once.

UPDATE: The Washington Post has an interesting article about The Lincoln Project and how it is driving Trump out of office by driving him nuts.



Last night was the first night that the federal agents sent to Portland by Donald Trump were removed from the job. Instead, the governor of Oregon had state police guard federal property, with orders to de-escalate tensions.

And it worked! My favorite headline is “Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents”. There was no teargas, no stun grenades, or baton rounds. The protesters responded by keeping things peaceful too. In other words, back to the way they were before Trump sent in DHS agents who acted like an occupying army.

Yet another retreat by Trump.

© Tom Tomorrow

Do Masks Work?

If this doesn’t convince you, then may you catch fire and burn.


Did Biden Troll Trump?

On April 23, Joe Biden said:

Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.

The Trump campaign immediately responded:

Those are the incoherent, conspiracy theory ramblings of a lost candidate who is out of touch with reality.

Today, Trump tweeted:

Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???

GOP Senator John Cornyn tried to claim that Trump was joking, but the markets did not think it was funny. Immediately afterwards stock markets, oil prices, and the dollar all slid downward.

The economy was the last area where voters trusted Trump more than Biden, but Trump has been slipping. Now that he has personally damaged the US economy, it should get even worse.


Raising Cain

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain attended Donald Trump’s ill-advised campaign rally in Tulsa Oklahoma. He did not wear a face mask. Ten days later, on June 29, he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Today, after a month-long battle with COVID-19, Cain died. May he rest in peace.


Bill Barr Sucks

Bill Barr, who is supposedly the US Attorney General but acts like Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, testified under oath to Congress on Tuesday. Here’s a list of lies and stupid things he said:

  1. Could not answer whether the President has the power to move the date of the election (he doesn’t)
  2. Wouldn’t acknowledge that if a person not suspected of committing any crime is detained, forced into a car where they are not free to leave (“in custody”), driven to an unknown location, and questioned, that the person is under arrest (they are)
  3. Stated that law enforcement are allowed to use force — including pepper spray and tear gas — in a non-emergency situation to disperse peaceful protesters engaged in lawful assembly (peaceful protest is a constitutional right)
  4. Could not immediately state that foreign assistance to a presidential campaign is categorically prohibited (it is)
  5. Had zero evidence (and admitted as much under oath) to back up his statement that large numbers of people who cast their votes by mail could end up “rigging” the election
  6. Unable to explain why the “antifa movement” — which he conceded are loosely-affiliated groups/individuals — are considered “terrorists” (also did not address why the same rationale would not apply to right-wing extremists)
  7. Said he wouldn’t open an investigation even in light of evidence indicating that the president may have committed a crime (specifically in reference to the Stone commutation/quid pro quo)
  8. Would not commit to following DOJ’s policy against releasing politically-sensitive information (i.e., Durham “investigation”) right before election
  9. Declared that there is no such thing as systemic racism in policing
  10. Offered “proof” that there is no systemic racism by noting that 8 unarmed Black people and 11 unarmed White people have been killed by police this year (ignores that the US population is 15% black and 60% white; if you add white Hispanics, it’s 72%)

I want to add some information about #6, where Barr calls anti-fascists terrorists, but won’t use the same label on right-wing extremists. In the last 25 years, anti-fascist attacks have not resulted in any victims killed. Zero. But white supremacists and other right-wing extremists have carried out attacks leaving at least 329 victims dead. (There was actually one anti-fascist attack that lead to a death, but it was the anti-fascist who died).

If you consider all violence (not just attacks) since 2010 comparing left-wing to right-wing violence in the US:

  • Left-wing violence resulted in 21 victims killed
  • Right-wing violence resulted in 117 victims killed
  • For comparison, jihadist attacks resulted in 95 victims killed. So right-wing violence has killed more people than actual Islamic terrorists.

And let’s not even talk about the 150,000 Americans who have died because of Trump’s incompetent response to the coronavirus, the worst in the world.


Can Trump Get Re-elected?

Not if we know his strategy and fight it.

© Tom Tomorrow

How do we know he is going to follow this strategy? Because he is already following it. In fact, he seems incapable of even imagining any other strategy.


Loser Trump

Trump is a bully, but when you stand up to him, he backs down like the loser he is. Just this week, he’s retreated several times:

  • He insisted that Congress cut payroll taxes, but his own party members in the Senate said no. Probably because Trump would have benefited more from such a tax cut than the economy would.
  • He restarted the coronavirus briefings that he had earlier killed, but without real information from real scientists, nobody cared.
  • He even admitted that the pandemic was going to get worse before it got better. Duh! So I guess he was either wrong (or just lying) when he kept saying that it would get better soon. Why would anyone believe him?
  • He tried to get all schools in the country to open in the fall, even threatening their federal aid, but they said no, and he backed down.
  • He claimed that wearing masks wasn’t necessary, until he did an about-face and not only wore one, but said they were a good idea.
  • And probably worst of all, he kept demanding that he could stroke his own ego by giving a speech at the Republican National Convention to 20,000 people cheering for him. And then pretended to cancel it because he was too busy with the coronavirus. As if.

Trump absolutely hates to change his position. And as we are seeing, even when he does change his mind he can never admit that he was wrong. That makes him a loser.

The Democrats (especially Speaker Nancy Pelosi) figured out that they could stand up to Trump, and it now looks like the Republicans are figuring out the same thing. Thank goodness.

Once your victims stop being scared of you, being a bully stops working. And now everyone knows that Trump is weak.

And one last piece of late breaking news about Donald Trump being a loser. An hour before Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch at the baseball season opener, Trump announced that he, too, had been invited to throw out a pitch for a NY Yankees game.

Except that Trump had not actually been invited. His announcement was a complete surprise both to White House staff and to Yankees officials.

According to the New York Times, Trump was so jealous of Fauci getting all this attention, he ordered his aides to call Yankees officials to arrange a pitch for Trump. But the whole thing fell apart, so Trump (again) falsely claimed “Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch”.

And then he went golfing.


American Horror Story

Relive election night from 2016. If you dare.

Could it happen again?

NY Magazine seems to think not. But personally, I don’t want to take any chances. Besides, the only way to stamp out Trumpism is to defeat him and his enablers in a landslide so huge we won’t have to endure such a monstrous attack on democracy as Trump and the Republicans ever again.


I Protest!

The Trump campaign is running this ad on Facebook:

The image on the right is labeled “Chaos & Violence”, meant to invoke the protests against police brutality that have been going on around the US.

As I like to say, there’s just one problem. That photo is not from the US. It is a photo from a pro-democracy protest in Kyiv, Ukraine, taken in 2014. You can see the original (larger) image here, and the photographer has confirmed that it is his photo. So I guess the real message is that Trump is opposed to pro-democracy demonstrations (especially ones that succeed in ousting a tyrant and restoring democracy).

But wait, there’s more! The person who is in charge of sending federal agents to Portland, OR and other US cities is the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf. What’s hypocritical here is that Wolf is only the acting head of DHS. He was never confirmed by the Senate, and wasn’t even nominated by Trump. As explained in the Washington Post:

Trump has made use of acting Cabinet officials in ways with no apparent precedent. As I wrote back in February, by that point he had had acting officials in Cabinet-level jobs for more than 2,700 combined days across 22 jobs — about 1 out of every 9 total days. That compared to about 1 out of every 29 for President Barack Obama. (“I like ‘acting’ because I can move so quickly,” he told CBS’s “Face The Nation” last year, adding, “It gives me more flexibility.”)

This is problematic for several reasons: first, US law says that acting officials can only serve for 210 days. Wolf has served 255 days, which means that legally he cannot be in charge of the DHS. And second, this makes Wolf completely beholden to Trump, because unlike confirmed cabinet posts, Trump can dismiss an acting head at any time, for any reason. And third, the DHS has a legal order of succession, which was violated when Trump elevated Wolf to be the head.

So Trump is saying he is fighting lawlessness, when he is the person who is directly violating the law.

Oh, and incidentally, Facebook has refused to take that ad down, even though it is misleading. And the Trump campaign is still running it.


Music and Politics

This comic made me laugh:

© Steve Kelly

Ironically, there is another connection from this comic to politics. The song (Don’t stand so close to me) is definitely apropos to the ongoing sex scandal surrounding Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, both of whom have connections to Donald Trump. Maxwell recruited girls (especially underage ones) for Epstein to sexually abuse, but that didn’t stop Trump from wishing her well (and during a discussion of the coronavirus pandemic, no less).

Just for fun, here are two new ads from the Lincoln Project about Trump’s relationship with Maxwell: