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Undecided Voters

This must be what Americans look like to the rest of the world.

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SNL hits the nail on the head

This is absolutely brilliant.

For better or (likely) for worse, even if Trump isn’t president anymore, he isn’t going to go gently into the night. Trump can still bark even if he can’t bite, and wouldn’t that be so much better for our country?

Just to add an additional chuckle (assuming you have watched the video) after it was over, Rachael Maddow tweeted this:

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Trump’s Covid-19

I don’t normally post things sent to me, but this illustrated timeline of Trump’s lies about the coronavirus by Noreen Graf is definitely worth sharing.

© Noreen Graf
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Resurge

Thursday, the same day as the final presidential debate, the US set a new all-time record for the most number of new Covid-19 cases in a single day.

The benchmark was hit as the pandemic has accelerated at a pace not seen since the summer and as many local governments have reimposed restrictions to stop the spread of a virus that has killed more than 224,000 people in the U.S., according to the latest tally.

That’s right, things are not only bad, but they are quickly getting even worse. But during the debate, Donald Trump declared — yet again — that the pandemic “will soon be gone“.

The deal of Brown University’s School of Public Health says:

We’ve been hearing essentially the same words from the president since February, that it was going to go away, that it’s going to disappear, whether that’s in February, March, April, May, and that’s what he’s saying now. That’s not what the data says, unfortunately. I wish he was right.

© Matt Bors
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Your Vote!

Back in April, I posted “Vote Him Away (The Liar Tweets Tonight)” by Roy Zimmerman. Here’s a new song from him, performed virtually with some friends:

Remember to vote, the sooner the better.

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Borat Strikes Again!

Just when you think that this election can’t get any more insane, Sacha Baron Cohen releases a new movie, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm“. In it is a scene where Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has an “indiscreet encounter” in a hotel room with a young actress playing Borat’s daughter.

In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing Borat’s daughter, who is posing as a TV journalist.

After she removes his microphone, Giuliani, 76, can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers. They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

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Losing

You know you are in trouble when even your own lawyers don’t like you.

Lawyers at Jones Day, which has earned millions as outside counsel to President Trump’s re-election campaign, have donated nearly $90,000 to the campaign committee of Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden. Contributions to the Trump campaign by Jones Day lawyers totaled just $50.

Lawyers at several other law firms representing Trump or his campaign also heavily favored Biden.

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Two Weeks!

The election happens in two weeks. Maybe, if we are lucky, we will know the results within two weeks after that. Republicans are starting to flee Trumpism, sensing that their leader has become a loser. Some of them, like John Cornyn, are shooting themselves in the foot doing it.

© Tom Tomorrow

I, for one, am looking forward to being able to breathe normally again someday.

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Schooling the Presidential Debate

Assuming that there is a final presidential debate, teacher Gerry Brooks has an excellent set of proposed procedures for keeping it from going off the rails like the first debate did.

“Can you believe that?”

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Pack Rats

The idea of “court packing” the US Supreme Court has been getting attention lately, in the wake of Mitch McConnell and the Republican controlled Senate ramming through the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett less than a month before the presidential election.

The media seems intent on pressing Joe Biden — including during Biden’s town hall last night — to announce whether he would favor adding new members to the Court if he is elected.

There is a good argument to be made that the Republicans unpacked the Supreme Court by refusing to consider Merrick Garland, bringing the size of the court down to 8 seats in 2016. This then allowed them to repack the court during Donald Trump’s administration, appointing three justices.

This doesn’t include hundreds of other federal court judge appointments that were delayed during Obama’s administration, but were then rushed through during the Trump administration, stacking the federal court system with staunch conservatives who are barely qualified for the job.

Even worse, the media seems to be ignoring that Republicans have been doing lots of court packing with little notice at the state level. In the last decade alone there have been at least 10 attempts at court packing of state supreme courts, and nearly all of them have been driven by the GOP. Two of those attempts (both by Republicans) have succeeded, in Arizona and Georgia.

The bottom line is that Republicans are all for shenanigans in the court system when it benefits them, but denounce it when Democrats even think about using it to restore balance in the federal courts. Why is the media playing along with this?

© Jen Sorensen
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Walk of Shame

This ad by the Lincoln Project has a sense of humor. Methinks that they are starting to gloat just a little.

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Visualizing Covid-19

This is a fascinating interactive visualization of Covid-19 by state over time, created by Dan Goodspeed. The color of the bar indicates whether the state is “blue” or “red” (based on the Cook Partisan Voting Index). The length of each bar shows the number of Covid-19 cases per million people in each state. For example, a value of 10,000 means that 1% of the population of that state has contracted Covid-19 (10,000 divided by 1 million equals 0.01, which is 1%) .

Note how over time the states that have the highest percentage of infection shift from blue states to red states. Initially blue states bore the brunt of the pandemic because of their large urban populations and busy airports with flight connections to sources of Covid-19. Later, these early states took measures to combat the pandemic, but red states did not (even believing Donald Trump’s claims that the pandemic was a hoax and consequently refusing to wear masks or socially distance).

Goodspeed’s website has other visualizations, including for Covid-19 deaths.

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Going to the Dogs

Trump is the first president in over a century who doesn’t have a dog.

What I want to know is, in the clip of Trump saying he doesn’t want a dog, why are all those supporters clapping?

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Obama v. Trump

This is absolutely hilarious.

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