25 thoughts on “Turning Blue?”

  1. by attrition if nothing else… red states turning blue out of spite.

    the toddler’s “I’m going to hold my breath until I die and it’s all your fault!” seems equivalent to the anti-vaxer’s adamant refusal to be vaccinated.  well, they are continuing to hold out against the shot and are dying.

    Almost All Of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Deaths Now Among Unvaccinated | Across Minnesota, MN Patch

    CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID (houstonchronicle.com)

    99% of COVID deaths are now of unvaccinated people, experts say – CNET

    and so on and on the headlines go.

  2. other news in other places

    John Oliver discusses the longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the many reasons his country’s citizens have not to like him.

  3. What baffles me is that the unvaccinated can see that the vaccinated have not turned into zombies, and, that the unvaccinated are the ones getting really sick and dying. What medical professional would still refuse the vaccine? Humans never fail to disappoint me.


    “But while delta raged through most of the state’s 254 counties in July and August, breaking records and overwhelming hospitals in both rural conservative areas and sprawling liberal metros, El Paso — with one of the highest vaccination rates in the state — has been relatively unscathed by the most recent surge.“

    “…much of the credit can be attributed to the area’s high vaccination rate, widespread compliance with masking and social distancing, and a strong partnership among local community and health care leaders.”

  4. What Makes Newsom’s Recall Election Different From Davis’ 2003 Ouster (newsweek.com)


    Over the last two months, Republican Larry Elder has emerged in the field of 46 recall candidates as the frontrunner, with many polls finding him leading all other candidates by double-digits. Elder, a conservative radio host with a nationally syndicated program, quickly jumped to the front of the field after announcing his campaign in July. But South said one candidate who entered the Davis recall as a Republican in August 2003 had an even stronger position from which to launch his campaign.

    “There’s no commanding figure like Arnold in this race,” South said, referring to Arnold Schwarzenegger. “California voters felt that they knew him.”

    At the time of the 2003 recall, Schwarzenegger was a movie star and former bodybuilder whose film Terminator 3Rise of the Machines debuted in theaters shortly before he began running for Davis’ seat.

    While 46 candidates appear on the recall ballot targeting Newsom, 135 were on the recall ballot in 2003. Even so, Schwarzenegger received 48.6 percent of the votes cast and succeeded Davis upon the Democrat’s ouster.



    newsom’s new ad?

    Image result for Arnold Schwarzenegger I'll Be Back Quote

  5. Bink, from last thread, enjoy your Taco Bell. When it comes to food, fast or otherwise, to each his own I say. If it’s all the same to you I’ll get my Mexican treats from Mr. Taco or Las Trancas. Besides, nothing goes with tacos like a Margarita, and Pepsi doesn’t offer those at our local TB, but yes, Mexican fast food hatchet burritoed.  

    Good to see John Oliver back. Looking forward to Trevor’s return soon. 

    BiD, there are none so blind as those who refuse to see. I for one like to think seeing is believing for the most part. Data Uber alles or something like that. 

  6. And here in blind land… WaPo 

    West Virginia case spike shows challenges facing states with low vaccination rates

    An onslaught of new coronavirus cases in West Virginia illustrates the dangers that states with low vaccination rates face as the delta variant spreads in the United States — and controversy over vaccine mandates explodes.

    West Virginia currently has the highest rate in the United States of new cases per day relative to population, and hospitalizations related to covid-19 are also among the highest in the country. New daily cases have increased by 52 percent over the past week, according to Washington Post data — by far the sharpest spike in the country.

    The state has the third lowest vaccination rate in the country — slightly ahead of Wyoming and Idaho — with 47.5 percent of its residents having received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

    None is so blind…

  7. bean town turning more colorful too


    BOSTON — For two centuries, this historic city has elected only White men as mayor. This fall, its history will be upended.
    Bostonians will go to the polls Tuesday in what is locally called a preliminary election, winnowing more than half a dozen mayoral candidates down to two for the general contest in November. All the leading candidates are women of color.
    The coming milestone — one already marked by nearly every other major U.S. city — follows a remarkable decade of change and growth here. Residents of color now comprise a majority of the population, with Black and Hispanic communities each representing about 19 percent and Asian residents about 11 percent.
    Many community leaders see Boston’s politics finally catching up with its demographics and moving it further beyond other aspects of its past — particularly, in the 1970s and 1980s, the city being the center of some of the country’s nastiest battles over the desegregation of schools and public housing.

  8. in case you missed the cat rescue, a blow by blow below

    Fans went wild at Hard Rock Stadium when a cat dangling from an overhang fell safely into an American flag held by a fan.

  9. newsweek quotes rescuer and tale’s end (happily it wasn’t the end of that particular tail):

    The cat, unable to hold on for any longer, then plunges into the crowd below which is ready to catch it using an American flag as a net.
    As the animal bounces on the flag, the whole stadium erupted into rapturous applause and cheers.
    Speaking to The Associated Press, Craig Cromer, a facilities manager at the University of Miami, explained: “They were trying to grab it from above and they couldn’t reach it but they were scaring it downward.
    “It hung there for a little while with its two front paws, then one paw, then I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s coming soon.'”
    Cromer and his wife are Miami Hurricanes season ticket holders, and they bring a flag with them to every game. Once they saw the cat’s struggle from above they proceeded to unhook the flag from the railing and held it out for the cat to fall onto.
    He detailed the tense moment, stating: “It hung there for a little while with its two front paws, then one paw, then I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s coming soon.'”
    The cat ran into the student section which was close to its landing spot, and reportedly did not show any signs of injury.
    Miami coach Manny Diaz did not see the incident first hand but did say that he would offer the animal a role on the team.
    “I don’t know anything about that or what was going on. But I’ll tell you, if the cat will help us in our red-zone offense I’m going to see if we can give it a scholarship,” Diaz joked.
    Perhaps the cat’s luck rubbed off on the home team, for they won against Appalachian State 25-23.

  10. Patd…. OMG… great cat video!
    all this talk about tacos makes me hungry!  We are going this morning to a famous pancake house up here in Sugar Hill.  It’s called Pollys Pancakes.  Google it… it’ll make your mouth water.

  11. bid – The fools do not believe the vaccine is real, they think it can cause all sorts of things, such as death and infertility in women.  The rfid chip thing continues to fascinate them.  Also, the COVID is not real so any injection to fight that is really a way for the liberals to control them. 
    It is very sad how willfully ignorant they are.  Facts are phony, real is not acceptable, a billion injections and they continue to not see this reality, their alternate universe does have a brown sky.  All that and they believe that Dr. Fauci receives a dollar per injection because he is owned by the pharma companies.

  12. It is amazing the effects of brainwashing.  The states that currently have the lowest vaccination levels are among those that have the highest mandated regulations for childhood vaccines to attend school.  


  13. bid Jamie – I wrote what the idiots told me just last week! 
    They astound me with some of the weirdest garbage I have ever heard.  This is not just from Russian TV (oan, faux and the other nut show).  What is funny is I think some of the sites they go to are on the dark web (not a good place to take computers or cell phones).  The Russians, Chinese and others, are really working hard at stupid stuff to spread around.  There are so many fools.

  14. From the Freedumb state of my birth…courtesy of WaPo (the article, not my birth)


    When Ray DeMonia was having a cardiac emergency last month, his Alabama family waited anxiously for a nearby hospital with available space in its intensive care unit.

    But in a state where coronavirus infections and unvaccinated patients have overwhelmed hospitals in recent months, finding an available ICU bed was an ordeal. It was so difficult, his family wrote this month, that the hospital in his hometown of Cullman, Ala., contacted 43 others in three states — and all were unable to give him the care he needed.

    DeMonia, who was eventually transferred to a Mississippi hospital about 200 miles away, died at 73 on Sept. 1 — three days shy of his birthday.

    Raven DeMonia, his daughter, told The Washington Post on Sunday that it was “shocking” when the family was told that dozens of ICUs were unable to treat her father.

    “It was like, ‘What do you mean?’ ” she said when she found out her father was being airlifted to a Mississippi hospital. “I never thought this would happen to us.”

    Now, in DeMonia’s obituary, his family is urging those who remain unvaccinated to get immunized to help hospitals that have been pushed to their limits and struggling to treat emergencies not related to the pandemic. His daughter told The Post he was vaccinated against the coronavirus.

    “In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non COVID related emergencies,” the family wrote. “He would not want any other family to go through what his did.”

    Jennifer Malone, a spokeswoman for Cullman Regional Medical Center, confirmed to The Post that Ray DeMonia was “a patient in our care and was transferred to a different facility.” She declined to offer specifics of his situation, citing privacy reasons.

    … boxes of rocks.

  15. The Maricopa County canvass report (not to be confused with the “audit”) is out and its a doozy (doubtless endorsed by Doucy).  AZ Central 

    Canvass report of Maricopa County’s election is out and it is, indeed, SHOCKING
    Opinion: The conclusions of a canvass of Maricopa County voters are laughably ridiculous. So, naturally, the unhinged wing of the GOP calls it evidence that the election should be decertified.
    Laurie Roberts
    Arizona Republic

    Well, the so-called evidence from a door-to-door canvass of Maricopa County voters is in and the conspiracy crowd is abuzz with excitement.
    “173,104 Lost Votes,” the canvass report proclaims, in bold, red letters.
    “96,389 Ghost Votes.”
    This, after talking to not even 5,000 voters.
    This canvass isn’t part of the Senate’s long-awaited, thus-far unproduced audit. It was conducted by Liz Harris, a Realtor and unsuccessful Republican legislative candidate who decided to launch her own “Voter Integrity Project” last December, assembling volunteers to knock on doors.
    Her SHOCKING conclusions – hey, that’s the way the far-right gossip rags are portraying it – were enough to prompt a Republican legislator who is hoping to become Arizona’s next secretary of state to call for decertifying Arizona’s 2020 election.
    The original cover pictured a vacant lot in Goodyear with a caption that said it “cast two mail-in votes.”
    But an aerial map of the property, available online at the Maricopa County Assessor’s website, shows a house with a pool on the 4.3-acre property. Looks like a pretty nice house, too. According to realtor.com, it has five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and upgraded maple cabinets in the kitchen. It was last sold in 2010.
    It also has two registered voters, according to county records.
    When ABC 15 reporter and former elections official Garrett Archer pointed this out, the cover of the canvass report was quickly changed to a vacant lot in Tempe “that cast a mail-in vote”.
    But Archer reports that property was a mobile home park in December 2019 and a person was properly registered to vote at that address. That voter had his mail forwarded to another address within the county, which the county has confirmed can be done legally for a year.
    Those are the only two actual examples of “fraud” offered in the report.
    Let me repeat that. The only two hard pieces of information that could be verified both were shown to be bogus in a matter of minutes.

    But you HAVE TO read the opinion piece.  If you’ve ever been involved in any kind of survey or have any training in statistics you’ll laugh your ass off at it.

  16. The Russians, Chinese and others, are really working hard at stupid stuff to spread around. 

    bbronc, you gotta hand it to ’em on the clever (but not quite by marquis of queensbury rules) way they’re waging war.  100s of thousands of enemy casualties, destabilizing democracy, and not losing any of their own or footing enormous defense bills.  devious bastards. 

  17. renee, i figured you & jamie would be touched by that cat video.

    BTW, get ready to indulge in another  tell-all on the mr. & mrs. former guy. 

    sure to cause 1st place on best seller list, a pre-release review by axios:

    Stephanie Grisham has quietly written a top-secret memoir of her four years in Donald Trump’s White House, and a publishing source says she’ll reveal “surprising new scandals.”
    What to watch: The book — “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House” — will be published Oct. 5 by Harper Collins.

    • A former West Wing colleague of Grisham’s tells Axios: “When I heard this, all I could think about was Stephanie surrounded by a lake of gasoline, striking a match with a grin on her face.”

    A source close to the publication told Axios: “Grisham knows where all the bodies are buried because she buried a lot of them herself.”

    • The source says Grisham “has receipts … she was a press person and it was her job to make sure she knew what was happening.”

    Why it matters: Grisham is the only person to have served as a top aide to both President Trump (White House press secretary and communications direct0r) and first lady Melania Trump (chief of staff).
    Behind the scenes: Until now, only a handful of people knew of the book’s existence. Grisham has deliberately kept a low profile since she resigned on Jan. 6.

    • The book is heavily embargoed, with code names used for the project.
    • And there’s been dummy Amazon link.

    Grisham’s former West Wing colleague tells Swan: “There isn’t enough water on earth to contain the fire she could set to all of Trump world, including parts like the first lady’s orbit, which not many people are in a position to illuminate.”

    • “It’s hard to articulate how much anxiety this is going to cause.”

  18. A cousin just shared this sweet pic of Dad last year with her mother, that’s my Mom’s portrait on the right in background. Gosh once you’ve lost both parents it’s even more tough. I’m not getting over it. 

  19. Craig – It’s always hard; you’ve got great parents. Heck, I only met them twice and I miss them.
    Yeah, my grandparents raised me and it is hard since they are both gone.   I’m supposed to fly up to see my dad, but there’s been a covid outbreak (among the staff of the nursing home from what I’ve heard) and they are only allowing window visits now. Nobody can come in.

  20. https://www.vogue.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-met-gala-2021

    The most ludicrous and bougie event is underway and AOC is there.
    Hypocritical? Good use of the spotlight? Fodder for her future political opponents?

    “And since she was at fashion’s glitziest night, surrounded by some of the most powerful and famous people in the world, what better medium to get her message out about taxing the rich than, well, to have it written in red on her dress? “


  21. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/asia/afghan-women-protest-hijab-mandate-intl/index.html

    Since it’s Fashion Week in NYC, culminating in the ridiculous Met Gala, here’s some fashion news that matters.

    “On Saturday photos emerged of a group of female students wearing head-to-toe black robes and waving Taliban flags in the lecture hall of a government-run university in Kabul.”

    “Afghan women around the world are protesting the Taliban’s new hijab requirement in schools by posting photos of themselves wearing colorful traditional dresses on social media.“

    “Jalali quote-tweeted a picture of a woman in a full black dress and veil and said: “No woman has ever dressed like this in the history of Afghanistan. This is utterly foreign and alien to Afghan culture. I posted my pic in the traditional Afghan dress to inform, educate, and dispel the misinformation that is being propagated by Taliban.”

    If the Taliban expects foreign aid, there needs to be equality fir the women of Afghanistan.

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