89 thoughts on “Trump’s Parting Gift”

  1. and pompeo ties an ugly bow on another D’ump “gift” at state

    CNN:

    Washington (CNN)A stack of messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden are sitting at the State Department but the Trump administration is preventing him from accessing them, according to State Department officials familiar with the messages.
    Traditionally, the State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend. But with Biden prohibited from accessing State Department resources by the Trump administration, because President Donald Trump refuses to accept Biden’s victory, dozens of incoming messages have not been received.
    Biden’s team is in touch with foreign governments without State Department involvement, and he has held numerous calls with leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Canada’s Justin Trudeau. But they are operating without the logistical and translation support that the State Department operations center provides.They would prefer to be using the State Department resources,” said a source familiar with the situation, who noted that the Biden team is having to deal with the unexpected challenge of facilitating these calls.
    […]
    Operating without State Department support right now, the Biden team — made up of many experienced former government officials — has sent out readouts of all of the calls, which help with record keeping. They are making an effort to formalize the process and will use State Department resources when they are available, said a source familiar with the unfolding situation.
    This is a stark contrast with the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations. At the time, President-elect Trump opted not to use State Department resources. Instead, he made his calls out of Trump Tower and resisted using the government support and coordination system, which meant that translators and staff sat waiting without any work while Trump made calls on his own, a State Department official told CNN at the time.
    At any other point since Biden left the White House, he would have been able to call into the State Department operations center to place a call to a foreign leader, State Department officials told CNN. Former presidents and vice presidents are allowed to use the resource whenever they wish. But now, as he is President-elect, Biden is being prevented from using that facility by the Trump administration.

  2. NYT best of late night:

    “We may soon find out the answer to the question, ‘Can a coup be pulled off by people who spell it c-o-o?’” — JIMMY KIMMEL

  3. Recount factoid via the NewsHour last night –

    Since 2000 , 31 recounts  have occurred , of those 3 have resulted in changes to the final numbers.  Of those the 3 contests, the average amount of  votes changed was 200.

  4. the guardian:

    Can Trump actually stage a coup and stay in office for a second term?
    […]
    Donald Trump refuses to accept that Joe Biden won the presidential election. Is there a constitutional path for him to stage a coup and stay in office for another term?
    Not really. The electoral college meets on 14 December to cast its vote for president and nearly every state uses the statewide popular vote to allocate its electors. Biden is projected to win far more than the 270 electoral votes he needs to become president. His victory doesn’t hinge on one state and he has likely insurmountable leads in Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
    There is a long-shot legal theory, floated by Republicans before the election, that Republican-friendly legislatures in places such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania could ignore the popular vote in their states and appoint their own electors. Federal law allows legislatures to do this if states have “failed to make a choice” by the day the electoral college meets. But there is no evidence of systemic fraud of wrongdoing in any state and Biden’s commanding margins in these places make it clear that the states have in fact made a choice.
    “If the country continues to follow the rule of law, I see no plausible constitutional path forward for Trump to remain as president barring new evidence of some massive failure of the election system in multiple states,” Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who specializes in elections, wrote in an email. “It would be a naked, antidemocratic power grab to try to use state legislatures to get around the voters’ choice and I don’t expect it to happen.”
    For lawmakers in a single state to choose to override the clear will of its voters this way would be extraordinary and probably cause a huge outcry. For Trump to win the electoral college, several states would have to take this extraordinary step, a move that would cause extreme backlash and a real crisis of democracy throughout the country.
    [continues]

  5. Look Out, Red States. Reality Is Starting To Hit You Hard
     
     

    Denial of reality is dangerous. When it is institutionalized, it becomes dangerous to large numbers of people, sometimes focusing most heavily on those who support it.
    Denial of science has become a policy of the Republican Party. And now, the people in Red states are starting to pay the price. The first proof of that is just appearing, as huge numbers of people in Red states get Covid-19.

     
    https://cleantechnica.com/2020/11/10/look-out-red-states-reality-is-starting-to-hit-you-hard/

  6. There are a few SFB-Bobblehead signs still out in rural Virginia.  A few are countered with the Biden-Harris sign.  Many, and this is very confusing considering how much SFB screwed them, are farmers and farm equipment dealers.  But, a good sign is I have seen a handful of farmers with Biden signs up.  So far there have been no row boat parades or clogging of roads by farm pickups trying get Virginia to redo the election, but without Dems voting.

  7. bob, here’s what the mediabiasfactcheck folks have to say about newsmax:

    [1st they define what they mean by “right bias” and then apply it to newsmax]

    These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

     
    • Overall, we rate Newsmax Right Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to deceptive advertising that appears as news links and the promotion pseudo scientific information.

    […]

    Newsmax is an American conservative news and opinion website founded by Christopher Ruddy in 1998 and based in West Palm Beach Florida. Christopher Ruddy is the president and CEO of Newsmax Media. According to an Atlantic article, Ruddy is also a close friend of Donald Trump. The website is divided into four main sections: Newsmax, Newsmax Health, Newsmax Finance, and Newsmax World, each divided into various subsections.  Newsmax Media also operates a print magazine called Newsmax as well as the cable news channel Newsmax TV.

    […]

    n review, Newsmax has a category on their side bar called Around the Web, which is nothing more than deceptive advertising that looks like news links and leads to fake pseudo-science information and products. For example: “Suffer with Low Energy, Weight Gain & Fatigue”, which leads to a new website promoting products. In another category called Specials, they publish news with sensational headlines such as: “Nobel Prize Winning Discovery Makes Your Cells Nearly “Immortal” SPECIAL: New way to grow biologically younger,“ which again leads to an advertisement.

    When reporting real news, Newsmax uses minimally loaded words in their headlines and articles such as “NYT: Growing Puerto Rican Population Could Offset GOP Cubans” and moderately loaded: “FEMA’s Long: No Time For San Juan Mayor’s ‘Political Noise’. Newsmax also aggregates news stories from credible sources such as Reuters and the AP. Editorially, Newsmax leans strongly right, with most editorials favoring the right, such as “Could Google Lose the Left?”, which first appeared in the right biased Conservative Review.

    When it comes to science, Newsmax does not always align with the consensus of experts in the given field. For example, they often promote that there is “no global warming“, which is simply untrue.

  8. “The road to socialism does not run through Georgia!” Loeffler told the crowd at an event here on Veterans Day. “Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi — you’re not going to take Georgia.”
     
    Some conservative voters in the state say they are astonished and upset that what they considered safe Republican territory slipped from their grasp. Perdue and Loeffler have echoed Trump’s insinuations of impropriety in the election, which are unsubstantiated but are believed by some of his followers here.
    “There’s so much voter fraud it makes me sick,” said Jill Hovies, 70, of Kennesaw. “I think Hollywood has bought this election. The far-left mob and the media have bought this election. It’s not fair. It’s a complete fraud.”

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/makes-me-sick-georgia-republicans-seek-ride-trump-shock-holding-n1247468
     
    Yeah, and General  Sherman never visited Atlanta. 

  9. I understand partisanship, even the rather extreme “my party no matter what” type.  What I don’t understand is how the GOP can back Trump’s actions as an individual that makes them look like traitors to every American tradition in existence.

     

  10. jamie, questioning the credibility of the vote also puts into question the validity of their own elections. 

    that’s why you see this from moscow mitch reported by the hill:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is walking a fine line with his handling of President Trump’s refusal to concede the election.

    The GOP leader is defending Trump’s right to challenge the vote counts in several key battleground states, arguing the courts are meant to handle disputed election results and that “wealthy media corporations” should not project the winner.

    But McConnell is also keeping his distance from the president’s claims of voter fraud that his campaign has yet to back up with any hard evidence.

    “What I’m going to do here in the Senate is concentrate on the business that we have left to do,” he told reporters Tuesday, adding he would “let the presidential election go through the various stages that it goes through under the Constitution.”

    Asked if there were any signs of fraud in his own reelection race in Kentucky or any Senate races, McConnell responded: “I don’t know – at the risk of bragging, it wasn’t very close.”

  11. another avenue to bilk his cult and allow multi-PACs to rake in more $$$ for his personal use

    newsweek:

    Donald Trump Plans 2024 Run, Could Announce by End of Year: Report
    […]
    A president who loses an election does not normally have a say over who the RNC would pick as its next leader, Reuters reported, but Trump’s backing does suggest a future political move on his part.
    A source told the news agency that Trump had informed his allies he might announce plans to run for president again in 2024 by the end of the year. The Constitution imposes a two-term presidential limit, but does not say they have to be consecutive.
    […] …Trump’s backing for McDaniel came on the day that she appeared to acknowledge that Biden had won the election.

  12. The Post-Election Proud Boys Meltdown Is Here, and It’s Ugly

     

    ULTRANATIONALIST DRAMA

    An allegedly alcohol-fueled leadership struggle shows just how quickly a group that was desperately touted by Trump can start to fall apart.

     
    “Due to the recent failure of Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio to conduct himself with honor and courage on the battlefield, it has been decided that I Kyle Chapman reassume my post as President of Proud Boys effective immediately,” he wrote on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram. “Our logo will forthwith be changed to reflect the core beliefs of Proud Boy members. Going forward we will now be known as PROUD GOYS. The coup is complete. The grifting leaders have been deposed.”

     
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-post-election-proud-boys-meltdown-is-here-and-its-ugly

  13. wapo:

    A group of prominent former world leaders and statesmen chastised Trump on Thursday for refusing to accept his loss in the U.S. election and “putting at risk the functioning of American democracy.”
    The group, called the Elders, typically comments on world conflicts and violations of human rights or democratic principles. It is unusual for the London-based organization, which was co-founded in 2007 by former South African president Nelson Mandela, to comment on matters in the United States.
    “The Elders today expressed deep concern about US President Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the protocols and processes governing the transition of power,” said a statementissued by the organization, which is currently chaired by former Irish president Mary Robinson.
    “The continued assertions of electoral fraud by the President and some senior members of the Administration and of the Republican Party, offered as yet without any compelling evidence, convey a lack of respect for the integrity and independence of the democratic and legal institutions of the United States,” the group warned.
    It said Trump’s actions could embolden dictators around the world and noted that “all living former US Presidents, including the last Republican incumbent, George W. Bush, have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and deemed the election outcome to be clear and fair.”
    Former president Jimmy Carter is an emeritus member of the Elders.
    Trump should “follow the example set by his predecessors and declare himself willing to accept the verdict by the American people at the ballot box,” the statement said. The group also urged Republican leaders to “act responsibly in the interests of their country by supporting a smooth transition and pursuing their political agenda with integrity.”
    [continues]

  14. also at wapo sullivan’s op ed today really worth the read:

    President Trump lost. The nation knows it. The world knows it. And, although he won’t admit it, he certainly knows it, too.
    But because he is claiming otherwise — with his Republican enablers joining the chorus — this past week has presented the reality-based press with a strange and extremely important challenge.
    How do you cover something that, at worst, lays the groundwork for a coup attempt and, at best, represents a brazen lie that could be deeply damaging to American democracy?
    “You don’t want to fearmonger. You don’t want to underplay something this dangerous, either,” Noah Shachtman, editor of the Daily Beast, told me.
    The trickiest part: “Figuring out whether these bogus accusations are actually dangerous to the republic, or just the last, lame gasps of a doomed administration.”
    I’d argue that it’s both. Not because they pose more than a sliver of a chance of overturning the reality that Joe Biden will take office in January. Rather, it’s because the constant drumbeat that the election was somehow illegitimate does harm all by itself.
    In general, the press has covered this madness reasonably well. Even Fox News, Trump’s longtime cheerleader, quickly started using the term “president-elect” to refer to Biden. (Whether the network may have been shamed into this, early on, by a CNNstory to the contrary is a possibility, though Fox vehemently denies it.) And the mainstream press has given Trump’s mewling a lot of attention without giving it much credence.
    Still, some of the worst tendencies of the media are on display, even if in muted form.
    The two I’ve seen most frequently are the endless infatuation with dramatic conflict and the tendency to give equal treatment to both sides of any equation.
    […]
    A group of political scientists and media scholars that calls itself Election Coverage and Democracy Network has come up with recommendations for journalists navigating this moment. This point of theirs deserves particular emphasis: “Use a democracy-worthy frame, not a partisan one. This means denying a platform to partisan pundits who advance false claims.”
    The media writ large, addicted to dramatic conflict and false balance in the mistaken name of fairness, finds that exceedingly hard to do.
    But some are managing to pull it off. Jake Tapper did it well in his initial comments early this week on CNN’s “The Lead,” by keeping Biden’s latest activities in the foreground and recapping Pompeo’s alleged joke about a second Trump term by noting, with undisguised outrage, “That is madness.”
    Sometimes, good journalism comes down to the basics: an energetic adherence to facts, as with the New York Times’s survey of Republican and Democratic voting officials in all 50 states, which produced this front-page banner headline: “Election Officials Nationwide Find No Fraud.” And tireless fact-checking enters in, too, as in a Washington Post debunking of four viral videos that falsely claimed voter fraud.
    For Shachtman, of the Daily Beast, sophisticated coverage looks beneath the surface, too, to real motivation, as with a story headlined, “All the Ways Trumpworld Wants to Cash In on MAGA Anger Over the Election.”
    “It’s important to show,” he wrote to me, “that, for many of the operatives pretending to back the president here, this is just a grift.”
    Grift, attempted coup, the first stages (denial and anger) of Trumpian grief ? Or are they all insidiously combined in a toxic, anti-democratic stew?
    As journalists navigate this tricky path, I’ve seen some stumbles, some skillful tightrope walking, and some bravery.
    And there’s a long, dangerous way to go.

  15. Socialism is code for racism.  Ask Grandpa how he likes his Medicare and SS checks.    Loeffler is a 1%er who doesn’t give a crap about the other 99%.
    Ossoff is an amazing orator! I haven’t heard Warnock yet.

  16. (CNN)A growing number of GOP senators told CNN on Thursday that Joe Biden should have access to classified briefings, the latest indication that Republicans acknowledge the President-elect is likely on his way to the White House despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the results.

    “I would think — especially on classified briefings — answer is yes,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who as president pro tempore is the most senior Republican in the chamber.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally who has urged the President over the weekend not to concede and amplified baseless claims of voter fraud, told CNN on Thursday that he thinks Biden should get intelligence briefings starting now.

    “Yeah, I think he should,” Graham said when asked about Biden having access to the intelligence briefing. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he has not expressed his thoughts with the White House but said, “I hope so,” when asked if he expects Biden to get the briefings soon.

    Senate Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota also told CNN that Biden should have access to classified briefings.

    “Well, I think that it probably makes sense to prepare for all contingencies,” Thune said when asked if Biden should get briefings. “And as these election challenges play out in court, I don’t have a problem with, and I think it’s important from a national security standpoint, continuity. And you’ve seen other members suggesting that. I think that makes sense.”
    Another influential Republican, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, said, “yeah, I don’t think that would hurt,” for Biden to start getting the briefings.
    Those comments follow GOP Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma who made similar remarks Wednesdayon a local radio station, and several other Republicans have signaled it’s time to begin the transition process.
    […]
    Several other GOP senators have also called for Biden to have access to security briefings. Asked earlier this week if Biden should be allowed to start receiving the Presidential Daily Briefing, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters: “I don’t think it prejudices the President’s legal claims in any way to begin the transition work just in case.”

  17. could it be some of these d’umpsters who’ve announced COVID positivity aren’t really but are in effect calling in sick with a faux doc’s excuse?  sure gives them a way out of continuing the embarrassment and more important frees them from the terrible toddler tsar.

  18. Did you get a test, yet, BiD?
     
    You can order them free online, i don’t have the link, though.  Will ask my friend for it if you want.

  19. I was reading a hilarious article and comment thread at NYT speculating about Pence’s political future if D’ump says he’s going to run in 2024 or not.  What a joke.  First, can D’ump run for president from federal prison?  Assuming he can’t, Pence was a crappy Governor who wasn’t going to win re-election before he was rescued from unemployment in 2016 and has been nothing but a cloying D’ump sycophant since. Political future? I don’t see it.

  20. It wouldn’t be the first time a guy ran for president from prison. In 1920, Eugene Debs, in prison for sedition got 3.4% of the popular vote. In ’21, repub warren harding pardoned Debs.

  21. “this is just a grift.”
     
    Like that crappy pewter chest set  they started pedding on TV  last spring. When they didn’t even know who the Dems would put up.

  22. HEAT –
     
    New York authorities investigate the family tax records of Trump Organization’s CFO: report
     

    New York state’s attorney general is pushing ahead with an investigation into tax records from the family of the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer as part of a probe into President Trump’s company, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.
    New York Attorney General Letitia James’s (D) probe into the Trump Organization involves the financial records from CFO Allen Weisselberg’s son and ex-daughter-in-law, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
    The office is looking at their records in the hopes of getting more information about the organization’s operations and tax strategies as it continues its civil investigation into whether the company falsely reported property values to get loans and/or tax benefits.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/525691-new-york-authorities-investigate-the-family-tax-records-of-trump

  23. Deep Throat:You’ve done worse than let Haldeman slip away: you’ve got people feeling sorry for him. I didn’t think that was possible. In a conspiracy like this, you build from the outer edges and go step by step. If you shoot too high and miss, everybody feels more secure. You’ve put the investigation back months.

  24. The Trump campaign and Nevada state Republicans have dropped their challenge to ballot counting in the Las Vegas area in the state Supreme Court, The Associated Pressreports.
    The campaign had tried to appeal a Nov. 2 ruling in Carson City that neither the state nor Clark County did anything to give one vote preference over another, AP notes. It tried to withdraw the appeal last week, saying that it reached a settlement in which Clark County election officials would allow more observers at a ballot processing facility, but all parties did not agree to the settlement. 

     
    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/525628-trump-campaign-republicans-drop-challenge-to-ballot-counting-in-nevada
     
    This Oreo has spent too much time in the milk. 

  25. That’s a really inexpensive e-bike but it sounds like a decent entry level e-bike.  As a comparison, Trek has their e-bikes ranging from $1,499 to $12,499.  Their speed can range from 20-28 MPH and distance from 20-100 miles, depending on how much assist you want from the motor.  I’d get one but I’m really just a skosh too cheap.
     
    XR, that “civil investigation” could morph into a criminal one – but the state of NY is probably pursuing the civil investigation for two reasons – lower standard of proof and availability of fines.

  26. My uncle  Phil has died , my mother’s older brother.  He served  on an LST  at the battle of Leyte Gulf.  He witnessed the first use  of  the Kamikazee  there.  At the time , the sailors called them , “Crash Divers” , America had never heard of the term “Kamikazee”. 
    He boarded  his ship  at Milwaukee  fresh off the line., a new ship and a raw crew.  They sailed down Lake Mich.  into the  canal  to the Miss. River  , down to the Gulf, and through the Canal  to the Pacific. 
    He became  big wheel at Marsh and Mclennan in Dallas ,  Marine Insurance  was their game back then. 
    We began talking again about about 19 years ago , and he  never stopped trying to convert me.  He liked Ann Coulter ,  I told him to stop sending her crap .  He pushed. 
    And I cut him off. 
    And that , is a deep wound  in our stars   we  have never  really healed. 

  27. The wound in our stars , wasn’t really   getting better.  Then that fat orange  bastard rode down that  golden escalator with a giant bag of rock salt to smear in every cut he could find. 

  28. I got another bone ,  I’m gumming on. 
     
    America . and the entire world  are  about to get a real life lesson  on the term , “Exponential Growth”. 
    This makes the atom bomb work.  It also explains , “The Black Death” . 
    And sadly  it’s at work with Climate Change.  That plague  is racing through Nature even if we are not paying attention to it. 

  29. the hill:

    A federal judge on Thursday signaled columnist E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against President Trump can move forward, scheduling a telephone conference in the case for Dec. 11.

    Carroll sued Trump for defamation after he accused her of lying when she alleged he sexually assaulted her in her 2019 book “What Do We Need Men For?”

    […]

    Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, who is not related to the judge, indicated that the defamation case was moving forward in a statement to ABC News

    [continues]

  30. The really deep price we are paying with this cheap medicine  show  is a loss of our options in the future. 

  31. i passed a cute girl on my bike last year, she smiled at me and cruised away. Challenged accepted, i hit those pedals hard on my street-cruiser, and methodically and efficiently closed the distance between us, all the while marveling at her fitness and speed.  she gave me a look of appreciative wonder as i caught up to her, but my muscles spent, she slipped away, again, making me wonder if i had just engaged an Olympic- caliber athlete.
     
    ”No, she was probably on a e-bike, everyone in town has them, now,” my friend enlightened me upon arriving at my destination.
     
    That mysterious woman was cheating!  I never had a chance!

  32. I remember riding to the gates  of Rocky Flats  to protest our mad rush to make H-bombs. 
    And this was on the radio. 
    The most expensive  industrial  fire in human history occurred  in a room at Rocky Flats .The  heart of a Hydrogen Bomb is called the “pit” .   That is what they made  at Rocky Flats.  Now that is tricky ,  there is so much energy in a “pit” , it  can suddenly  begin to burn.  And the entire Denver Fire Department  has no way of putting this sort of fire out. 
    Rocky Flats is long gone , in it’s first mission, but it is a cancer  that will bleed until Nature covers it over.

     

  33. Bink –
    Sweet story , please try to keep up  Elon’s roadster  just passed Mars. 
     
    This pool  of writers  is the reason  we are all a  pearl  in an Crawford oyster 

  34. Guts and compassion  are two leaves on our America tree. 
     
    Bob Dylan  nearly ran over me one night in Estes Park.  He was on his Desire tour. 
    I was attempting drink myself to death . 
     

  35. I hide my entire  worldly possessions under the Tram  building in Estes . 
    When you really  lose  everything  no matter the reason.  Holding on to your dirty socks  is a big deal. 

  36. Who is the guy who used to always run from prison? Lamar, La-something?
    Can’t President Biden just get rid of all of the low-lifes that SFB has installed at the Pentagon?
     

  37. Blue –
    Some of them are civil service  he’s appointing , that’s  a Fauci  world. Trump can’t fire him.  He’s turned the system on it’s self. 

  38. Another word about being homeless  ……
    You have nothing to do , and nowhere to go.  You have no purpose .
    This  chews the human spirit  to pieces .

  39. The hunter/gathers …….
    When you  couldn’t  keep up , you sat down  and everyone said goodbye.  If your life long  lover was with you,  you were lucky. 
     
    They all left  , and the bear came along and ate your ass.  
    That health care plan is  only   175  years ago.  Civilization   gave us the way to save life. 
    But it also gave us the power to keep  old people alive,  and there we pour billions.  At the expense of the young. 
     
    This is why the virus , has changed us.  It has  completely over turned  our paradigm.
    Who to save ? 

  40. Every healthcare worker   in America will never vote  for a Republican again. 
    They threw them to the virus , because they had no clue  it was pure blind stupid. 
     
    And that is their  measure .  Stupid  and Knowledge  are equal. 
     We are all paying the price  for this  blindness. 

  41. …seems like * is trying to garner leverage (to avoid prosecution) where there is decreasingly little available to acquire.

  42. i haven’t been to the city too much since pandemic; has the  e-scooters-for-rent-littered-on-every-street-corner fad passed?

    Ignorant Americans will just throw those scooters anywhere their fancy can change conjure.

  43. Thanks for the explanation, Mr Pogo.  I’ve seen that approach often enough : County doesn’t want to spend money on prosecuting a case that isn’t a slam dunk. They leave it to the victim’s family to sue for damages. If the family sues and wins, the county suddenly swoops in to pick through thee carrion. The jury then says, ‘Guilty,’ and the chickenshit county dude gets a chance to carve a notch on the handle of his six-shooter and run for State AG. 

  44. “i have a great, society-changing idea!  All that’s required is the slightest modicum of personal responsibility on behalf of each user!”
     
    *great idea collapses*

  45. Well, I hope you can spread some Blueish around and about.
     
    We’re in W St Paul. The biggest political tug-o-war here is between the purple-ish Blues and and the greenish Blues. Almost all the thousands of lawn signs and flags were for Biden, but I did see 3 trump signs and flags and 1 lawn sign for kanye west. 
     
    G’night, Mr Bink. 

  46. there’s no good “salute” emoji but if there was, i’d employ it, here, good Sir X😴
     
    We voted that fucker out, y’all💪❤️🇺🇸

  47. XR, thot about you today when I heard that all Mayo Clinic beds in NW MN are now full. All May-fuckin- o clinic beds are full. That’s some shit there. 

  48. Ah, Mr Pogo, we’ve been overrun by sick NoDaks, sick SoDak, sick Iowegians, an sick Wisconmen. All them on top of our own magat lemmings. Our hospital are jammed. 
    And, now we have flu and pneumonia. 
     
    G’night Mr Pogo.
     
    This time, I mean it. Where’s our night watchman ?

  49. man – I used to live out near Rocky Flats, by Stanley Lake.  All out little pets died with or because of cancers.  Their little lungs sucked up all that nasty radiation near ground level. It was a great view from up there, but the downside was a lot of bad stuff happened to some people.

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