32 thoughts on “Herd Normality”

  1. as the song says “don’t bother, they’re here”

    Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.):
    “Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from Jan. 6, you’d think it was a normal tourist visit.”

  2. another example of GOPer clownspeak:

    “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. I think that is all over with. We’re sitting here with the president today,” McCarthy told reporters outside the White House. [reported by wapo]

    and this as reported by rawstory:

    As noted by Newsweek White House reporter Elizabeth Crisp, McCarthy’s campaign sent out an auto text message to supporters after the bipartisan infrastructure meeting ended in which he accuse Biden of pursuing a “radical Socialist agenda.”

    “I just met with Corrupt Joe Biden and he’s STILL planning to push his radical Socialist agenda onto the American people,” McCarthy wrote. “I need EVERY single patriot to step up… Fight back.”

  3. I suppose McCarty and his idiocy is what passes for leadership in the new GQP. 

  4. contrast above with this from today NBCnewyork:

    In a TODAY exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie shortly after the vote took place and aired Thursday, Cheney said she would do “whatever it takes” to prevent Trump from becoming president again when asked if she’d consider running herself.
    “He’s unfit. He never again can be anywhere close to the Oval Office,” she told Savannah.
    “How far are you willing to take this? Would you run for president?” Savannah asked.
    “I think that it is the most important issue that we are facing right now as a country, and we’re facing a huge array of issues, so he must not ever again be anywhere close to the Oval Office,” Cheney replied.
    “I’m going to do everything that I can, both to make sure that that never happens, but also to make sure that the Republican Party gets back to substance and policy.”
    “For reasons that I don’t understand, leaders in my party have decided to embrace the former president who launched that attack, and I think you’ve watched over the course of the last several months, the former president get more aggressive, more vocal pushing the lie, and I think that’s a really important thing for people to understand,” she explained. “This isn’t about looking backwards. This is about the real-time, current potential damage that he’s doing, that he continues to do.”
    “It’s an ongoing threat. So silence is not an option,” she added.
    “I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” she said. “The Trump Department of Justice investigated the former president’s claims of widespread fraud and found no evidence to support them. The election is over. That is the rule of law.”

  5. WaPo reports that yesterday was not a good day for Derek Chauvin.


    Holly Bailey

    May 12, 2021 at 3:25 p.m. ED

    MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck until he went limp and treated him with “particular cruelty,” qualifying him for a longer prison sentence, a judge said.

    In a ruling made public Wednesday, Hennepin County District Judge Peter A. Cahill found state prosecutors had proved beyond a reasonable doubt four of five aggravating factors in Floyd’s killing that they argued should result in a tougher prison sentence for the former Minneapolis police officer.

    Chauvin was convicted April 20 of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 killing. Floyd died when Chauvin placed his knees on Floyd’s neck and back for more than nine minutes while he was handcuffed, facedown, on a Minneapolis street. Chauvin, who is being held in solitary confinement at a Minnesota prison, is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

    The recommended 10-12 year sentence probably looks like a good deal to ol’ Derek about now.

  6. Well we are in the final stages, now starting to clean out Dad’s apartment and sell the furniture, probably the biggest chore of all. Back online next week 

  7. When My Father in law moved from his house, to the assisted living apartment, to the VA nursing home, each move was a considerable down size for him. 
    The first time we worked and did the yard sale. It was a lot of work and not very successful. We ended up either storing or donating most of the stuff. 
    So when he moved out of assisted living we  ask the manager of the facility if there was any one who could use his furniture  and there were.   and then did the same thing at the VA nursing home when he passed away.

  8. When my mom and dad died my sis and I just did the sort through their houses for things we wanted to keep dance, called a couple of local charities to come get what they wanted to take, then a junk guy to remove the rest and a cleaning company to get the placed ready to sell. It was definitely more work than we thought it would be, and sis deserves the credit and my thanks for most of it. 

  9. caveat:

    The relaxation of restrictions does not apply to airplanes, buses, trains and other public transportation, or to health-care settings, or other settings where state or local restrictions require them, Walensky said. Officials also noted that some occupational settings may also still require masks, especially since some workers may remain unvaccinated.

    Walensky urged those who are immune-compromised to speak with their doctors before giving up their masks, and said that those who are not vaccinated remain at risk for mild or severe illness and death and should still mask.

  10. Dear CDC,  I will continue to wear my mask, but thanks. Check in after Labor Day. Well, I guess I have to wait until early June after the 2nd dose does its job, but I’ll keep wearing a mask. No need to catch anything else, either.

  11. So the new CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people has brought the trolls out in full force at WaPo.

    Patd, I think the more likely scenario is that the anti-vaxxers will just throw their masks away and lie about being vaxed

  12. Looks like Gaetz is in deep shit and it is getting deeper quickly.

    A Florida politician who is central to the investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz for possible sex trafficking of a minor signaled Thursday that he will plead guilty in his own federal case, a court entry shows, a troubling development for the congressman as it suggests prosecutors have secured a potentially important witness against him.

    Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector for Seminole County, Fla., had since last year been outlining to prosecutors how he and Gaetz (R-Fla.) would pay women for sex using cash or gifts as he tried to negotiate a plea deal to resolve his own legal woes, according to a person familiar with the matter. Gaetz has adamantly denied paying for sex.

    On Thursday, a federal court in Orlando scheduled a “change of plea hearing” in Greenberg’s case for Monday, indicating he has reached such a deal.

    Snotty puke, I hope he gets sex trafficked in Federal prison.

  13. The department I work for is starting the process to return us back to the office.  A guess would be Labor Day.  Or maybe January 2022.

  14. IMO, the CDC has bungled this.  They meant for it to incentivize vaccination, but all it does is allow folks who don’t want to wear a mask to take theirs off. Nobody is going to get carded at a store. Vaccines aren’t OK for those under a certain age, so all of the selfish, anti-vaxxers can expose everyone, including kids. That gives the virus more chance to mutate.

  15. BiD, those anti-vaxers were already exposing everyone including their and everybody else’s children.  so what’s different? 

    no one is telling you or any other fully vaccinated person that you have to take off your mask if you don’t want to.  in fact dr. wallensky stresses the importance of checking with your doc before you do in many cases and all transportation, health care facilities etc. as well as kids under 12 are still to be masked.

  16. the hill:

    HBO’s Bill Maher has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated, his show announced on Thursday.



    So-called breakthrough coronavirus cases like Maher’s have affected thousands of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a “breakthrough” coronavirus case as a COVID-19 infection that occurs after a person is fully vaccinated.

    The CDC previously said that as of April 26, it had received 9,245 reports of breakthrough cases out of the more than 95 million people fully vaccinated.

    According to the agency, 27 percent of individuals with breakthrough cases were asymptomatic. Nine percent of the breakthrough infections resulted in hospitalizations while 132 cases, or about 1 percent, resulted in death.

  17. Palm Beach planning for possibility of Trump indictment: report | TheHill

    The news outlet notes Trump’s location would affect potential extradition proceedings, as Florida’s extradition statute gives Gov. Ron DeSantis(R) the ability to intervene and determine whether someone should be surrendered to out-of-state law enforcement.
    “The statute leaves room for interpretation that the governor has the power to order a review and potentially not comply with the extradition notice,” Joseph Abruzzo, circuit court clerk of Palm Beach County, told Politico.
    If Trump travels to Bedminster, N.J., as Mar-a-Lago closes for the season, however, his prospects could change. The state has a similar statute to Florida, but the governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is not an ardent supporter of Trump like DeSantis is, Politico noted.

  18. Hmmm, and the woman from the CDC was in NPR saying there were zero hospitalizations nor deaths among those who have been fully vaccinated. She may have been talking about during the trials, though.

  19. that cretinous ill-formed fish-face Greene might want to ponder what kind of little tricks one might pick up as a bartender in NYC.

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