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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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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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November 9, 2020 · 9:12 PM

Tweet of the Week – November 7, 2020

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Worst Quote of the Week – November 7, 2020

“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”

Faux-President Donald Trump, from a golf course, upon hearing that the vote recount in Pennsylvania has put Biden over the requisite 270 mark

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