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Worst Quotes of the Week – November 21, 2020

“There are mail-in ballots.  Some people in some places receive four or five of those, and they used four and five of those.  Let’s say that they got four in the mail and they sent the four in, there’s three of them that are crying out, ‘Wrong! This is wrong. This is not right. This is deception.’  It’s crying out.  There are others through software that votes have changed, you better believe those ballots are crying out, ‘This is a lie. This is not right. This is not right.’  All the way down the line, even to people who have died and gone to Heaven. … Especially if those people were born again, they’re in Heaven right now and they’re crying out.  They’re crying out against the injustice of this. You cannot come against the Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord of angel armies.  Angels have been dispatched; they are out there.  That is why that voice is crying out. It is not just the people. It is the ballot itself.”

George Pearsons, senior pastor at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, on the 2020 presidential election

“He is not president-elect until the votes are certified.  So the answer to that is no.  And I don’t know what basis you or anybody else would claim that he’s president-elect before the votes are certified and these contests are resolved.”

– Texas Sen. John Cornyn, on a call with various news organizations

Cornyn also admitted Donald Trump may not have been reelected.

“There are legal claims that are being challenged in court, and everybody on the ballot has certain access rights and remedies, and if they want to push that, they are able. Once those are adjudicated and the process plays out, I will accept the results of the election.”

– Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, refusing to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the state

“It’s Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say if you gather in numbers more than six we might come to your house and arrest you and you get 30 days of jail time.  That’s not the American way.”

Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary, in response to health care officials’ advice not to have large family gatherings for Thanksgiving

McEnany tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in October.

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Best Quotes of the Week – November 21, 2020

“A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design.  And when your time is up, then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments.”

Barack Obama, on CBS’ “60 Minutes”

“My whole campaign was about ‘COVID, COVID, COVID,’.  And when I talked to people through their storm doors, they would say they wanted responsible COVID management.”

Dr. Kristin Lyerly, Democratic candidate for a Wisconsin State Assembly seat, on what incited her campaign

“We’re stuck with Dan Patrick and a $1 million bounty for a fraud that never happened.”

Houston Chronicle contributor Cort McMurray, on Texas Lte. Gov. Dan Patrick’s monetary offer to anyone who can prove voter fraud in the elections

“I think the hardest thing to watch is that people are still looking for something else and a magic answer and they do not want to believe COVID is real.  Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening.  It’s not real.’”

Jodi Doering, a South Dakota nurse on how some of her patients prefer to believe they have pneumonia or something other than COVID-19, even if they’re dying and despite seeing their positive test results

“Yes, the Trump administration is a bit like the COVID pandemic. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the worst — the last chapter is just the worst.”

David Brooks, on Trump’s refusal to concede

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A 2020

I know I’m not alone in wishing this year a speedy demise.  It certainly can’t end soon enough.  On January 1, I personally felt I was at the precipice of a new beginning.  I planned to finish and publish my second novel; a minor accomplishment that didn’t materialize last year.  I also hoped to work towards upgrading my house.  My father’s fetish for candles many years ago left soot marks throughout most every room.  I also wanted to plant a couple of trees in the front yard.  All sorts of good things loomed across the horizon!  But, if you want to see the Great Creator’s sense of irony, announce your plans for the future.

At the end of January, my mother suffered a stroke; one bad enough to render her left side almost completely immobile.  I had to admit her to a rehabilitation center and almost felt like I was abandoning her.  She made good progress and started to regain movement on her left side, especially her arm.  Then her Medicare benefits ran out, and the center had to discharge her.  Basically they evicted her because she didn’t have enough money.  So she returned home and went on hospice care.  She passed away in June.

By then, however, the COVID-19 pandemic had hit, and the economy starting tanking.  As my mother’s health deteriorated here at the house, I also fell ill and thought I’d contracted the C plague.  Nasty visions of me lying in bed gasping for air, while my mother wilted in her own bed and hospice nurses tried getting into the house, burdened my days and nights.  One morning local firefighters ambushed my front door with loud bangs.  They’d been told a COVID victim might be trapped inside.  A man stood on the porch with a heavy tool designed to breach everything from storm doors to bad attitudes.

After my mother died, I learned she had no beneficiary payouts from her two pension funds.  Like so many Americans, I was unemployed and exhausting what funds I’d garnered from previous work.  I couldn’t qualify for unemployment insurance, and no stimulus money was headed my way.  I had to borrow money to pay basic utilities.  Then I did receive money from an insurance policy I didn’t know existed.  That became the brightest spot in my dismal life so far.

I’ve stabilized myself now, even as I remain jobless with minimal prospects.  More importantly, I know I’m not alone in my feelings of despair and loneliness.

The U.S. is still mired in the depths of the most cantankerous presidential election in decades.  The pandemic shows no signs of abating.  And the economy remains brittle.  Adding to the agony is that the Atlantic / Caribbean hurricane season just won’t quit.  Even though it’s technically scheduled to cease on November 30, tell that to nature.  Some fools tried that with the pandemic – ordering it to end by X date – and the scourge replied with a middle finger.

Such is 2020.  Everything that could go wrong this year has gone wrong.  We’ve reached the point, nevertheless, that any kind of mishap is answered with, ‘It’s 2020.’

The number 2020 is supposed to signify perfect vision.  And, at this moment, we’ve seen how perfectly screwed up things can get.  Thus, in the future, perhaps for generations to come, any crisis will be dubbed ‘A 2020’.

Had a bad day at work or school?  Just tell people it was a 2020.

A rough trip through the airport?  A 2020 escapade.

Burned food in the oven?  You made a 2020.

How was it with your in-laws over?  It was so 2020.

You get the message.  Now, on to New Year’s!

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Video of the Week – November 14, 2020

Former U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, put out this video offering prayer points to God to “smash the delusion” that Joe Biden is president.  She also prayed to God to reveal that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats did not win the House of Representatives, and that Chuck Schumer is trying to steal the U.S. Senate.  As a presidential candidate, Bachmann said she would still obey her husband.

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Tweet of the Week – November 14, 2020

Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s second-oldest son, had a message for Minnesota voters – one week after the elections.

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Memo of the Week – November 14, 2020

On November 9, U.S. Attorney General William Barr sent this memo to U.S. attorneys across the country, authorizing an exception to U.S. Justice Department guidelines, and telling top federal prosecutors they could “pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions in certain cases.”

As a Trump man, Barr is prolonging the presidential elections by continually howling about voter fraud.

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Most Delusional Quote of the Week – November 14, 2020

“I think at this point, it probably will make its way up to the Supreme Court.  Right now, we’re at the district court level.  And we will see how they rule in Pennsylvania and on our upcoming lawsuits here in Michigan and elsewhere.  And I think it’s really anyone’s guess where this goes.”

– White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, regarding Trump’s legal challenges to the recent elections

An older, openly-gay friend of mine who served in U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, refers to McEnany as “Pussy Galore”, the fictional villainess in Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger who turned a failing troupe of female trapeze artists into world-class cat burglars.  I’m starting to see why.  Honor Blackman portrayed “Pussy Galore” in the 1964 film version.  Fleming later said she was a lesbian “cured” by the charms of James Bond.

Honor Blackman in action.

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Best Quotes of the Week – November 14, 2020

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.  I just think we have to be very clear…She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting.  Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.”

Neil Cavuto, FOX news anchor, interrupting a briefing by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

McEnany had launched into a litany of conspiracy-laden allegations, accusing the Democrats of facilitating illegal voting and rigging the election to beat Donald Trump.

“I have no intention of leaving.  This is an important job. I’ve been doing it now for a very long time.  I’ve been doing it under six presidents.  It’s an important job, and my goal is to serve the American public no matter what the administration is.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on CNN

“I’m very concerned what he might do in his remaining 70 days in office.  Is he going to take some type of military action?  Is he going to release some type of information that could, in fact, threaten our national security interests?  If Vice President Pence and the cabinet had an ounce of fortitude and spine and patriotism, I think they would seriously consider invoking the 25th Amendment and pushing Donald Trump out because he is just very unpredictable now.”

John Brennan, former CIA Director, on Cuomo Prime Time, November 10

“My evolution started when the president doubled down in the lead-up to the 2020 election on his charges that our elections are rigged and fraudulent in a way that he hadn’t previously.  It became a systemic attack made completely without evidence, aimed at undermining a basic pillar of our democracy.  I know there’s no evidence for systemic fraud because I had spent the better part of every election for four decades working in Republican poll-watcher programs and elections day operations.  For the president of the United States, the leader of the free world and head of the Republican Party, to make completely unsubstantiated charges about our elections being rigged is not right.”

Ben Ginsberg, Republican “super-lawyer”, explaining why he has defied his party and condemned Trump’s refusal to concede

Ginsberg had been involved in the 2000 presidential recount debacle.

“There is no loss from him getting the briefings.  If that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in as well and be able to push them and to say this needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election, whichever way that it goes, people can be ready for that actual task.”

Sen. James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, declaring he will intervene if President-elect Joe Biden doesn’t start receiving security briefings by November 13

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Done with That!

Is it over?  Maybe?  I know COVID-19 is still here; lingering in the air like burnt popcorn.  But this year’s elections?  Alas, have all those campaigns shrunk back into the gutters from whence they came?  Has it all finally come to an end?

Well…no, it hasn’t.  On the White House front, Herr Trump hasn’t – won’t – concede!  So, as the nation eagerly awaits his administration’s demise, I feel certain of one thing.  NO MORE FUCKING POLITICAL EMAILS!

Or at least fewer of them.  American politics descended into the morass of anger and hate years ago; becoming a subset of demonology.  Whereas I was once highly engaged in political campaigns – at least as a voter and eager news watcher – I have grown as cynical as most everybody else.  While some relatives, friends and acquaintances of mine supplanted images of themselves on Facebook with their preferred candidate, I quickly began deleting large numbers of political-oriented emails from my daily inbox.  I didn’t truly read them anyway.  With so much personal family drama and job seeking these past few years, I often found myself with little time to read what I really wanted.  I know political campaigns need more money than substance to function.  It most cases it’s like one giant episode of the Kardashian clan.  Is there a purpose to any of this?

The frequent opponent-bashing is my biggest grievance.  How is it that sullying the reputation of your adversary has become more important than highlighting your own record?  If you can do no better than slaughter the other person in effigy, why are you seeking this particular office?

That’s why many of my fellow Americans have grown cynical and pessimistic right along with me.  They see the futility of it all.  It makes no sense.  Candidates for public office should always begin by detailing their own accomplishments and criticize their rivals at the very end – and only if they have the facts to substantiate their claims.

But with the close of the 2020 election season – from the presidency on down to local sheriff – I hope my email inbox won’t get stuffed with myriad political emails; the kind I either just simply delete or send to the spam folder – requests to sell me a reverse mortgage, ads for Chinese Viagra and offers from lonely Ukrainian housewives to be mine forever (although the latter two can seem enticing).

Regardless, I feel we all can move forward – until…  AAAH!!!  2024!!!

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Really Now!

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November 9, 2020 · 9:12 PM