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How many Dem Governors are in danger of their careers &/or lives? Repubs can only win by cheating

...as they have made abundantly clear. So I am really interested in who is funding these attacks, and who will in the future fund attacks against Joe Biden and other sitting Dems. Anyone know?

Gretchen Whitmer was threatened with kidnapping and death.
Gov Newsom was fairly elected but now is facing a recall election, because reasons.
Gov Cuomo has a flurry of sexual harassment charges all of a sudden — but also is accused of “covering up” nursing home deaths in the terrible early days of the pandemic.

MEANWHILE: De Santis is actively causing COVID death among the old in Florida and sent gun toting agents to the home of a whistleblower to confiscate her electronics and terrorize her children.

Abbot allowed people to literally freeze to death in the dark, and likewise will not lift a finger to help the sick & dying.

You guys can fill in the blanks about the rest, but I think I’ve made my point. Where is the frothing outrage against them?
Asking for a friend, as I’m sure you know.

Governors re-opening/no masks

Updated 3-11-2021

Alaska - Dunleavy
Florida - De Santis
Georgia - Kemp
Idaho - Little
Iowa - Reynolds
Mississippi - Reeves
Missouri - Parson
Montana - Gianforte
Nebraska - Ricketts
North Dakota - Burgum
Oklahoma - Stitt
South Dakota - Noem
Tennessee - Lee
Texas - Abbot

Home, painfully rehabbing from a total knee replacement, trying to talk hubby into stocking up...

..the pantry and freezer. He just couldn’t; it’s not in his skillset. I had to wait until I was mostly off the walker, and then called my SIL for a ride to Trader Joe’s where I filled a cart.

In March I furloughed my 2 cleaning ladies. In my mind I somehow thought I would be able to have them back in 3 months, but it was not to be. Cita texted me just a few weeks ago asking about returning, and I gave her our timeline — finish vaccinating in March (this month), taxes in April, then hopefully they can return in May, a full year after I imagined.

I had the surgery 2-19-2020, one of the last elective surgeries for the hospital, and already the hospital was in preparation mode for what was coming... What is so maddening is WE KNEW. Just like the 1-9-2021 Insurrection, WE KNEW.

The only thing we did not know, that we could not have known, is how maliciously and murderously the response would be botched. What Joe Biden is doing now is what I thought our country would be doing then. I expected Trump would let the CDC and other agencies do their jobs, not cripple them.

If there is a Hell, Trump and Jared Kushner and all the other bloody-handed enablers belong there. If there is Karma, they will all come back as cockroaches and sewer rats.

It's a virus. It mutates. Like the annual flu, for which scientists have to make vaccines ...

...on a best guess basis, every year.

That’s where we are with this. So far, everything I’ve heard about all 3 COVID vaccines from Rachel Maddow’s scientist guests is that if you get vaccinated, you might get sick later, but you won't end up in the hospital.

Also, as I read here a week or so back, there are 3 or 4 Russian “news” sites busily spreading disinformation in the US about all our vaccines, with particular emphasis on J&J. Can’t find the link now, but it was posted here, and as a consequence I think we all need to be extra-careful about where we are getting our science news.

Reciting Dylan Thomas as I fall asleep; still recall this after all these years...

Didn’t know what else to do with it, but knew someone at DU would still be up.

In My Craft or Sullen Art
by Dylan Thomas

In my craft or sullen art
Exercised in the still night
When only the moon rages
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms,
I labour by singing light
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages
Of their most secret heart.
Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages,
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.

Yes, they are, and China is leaning hard on India's water supply. They plan to dam the Brahmaputra

....River, which originates in Tibet and waters many nations on the India side. This is only one enormous issue created by China. They want to control India’s water supply for their own use and they want to claim all of the South Pacific for strategic purposes.

I don’t see where the US “pits neighbor against neighbor,” so much as a return to recognizing the complexities of international relations after 4 years of the US having a corrupt government and possibly insane president.

President Obama and then-Vice President Biden were in the right track with the Trans Pacific Partnership. The amount of garbage I read about the TPP from supposed progressives would gag a goat. China is ambitious and ascendant and they don’t play by any rules but their own. We will not win peace or good international relations by ignoring them, yielding to them unthinkingly, or irritating them for sport the way Trump did.

China needs intelligent and aware adversaries, and America needs allies.

Dear DUers: All thru this terrible COVID year I've felt a sense of community at DU.....

All thru this terrible year I’ve felt a sense of community here — as if we're holding each others’ hands, being encouraging voices in the darkness that Trump created.

Praying for the sick and terrified, grieving with the bereaved, upholding the weary and fearful. Rejoicing at each step forward — each recovery, each vaccination. Being a community.

All of a sudden in the last few days, our “family” is turning on itself. In multiple posts and OPs we who have managed to work our way thru the distribution labyrinth are being accused of “gloating,” being “disrespectful,” being uncaring of others, hogging medication that should go to others, and of being unconscious of our “white privilege.”

How dare we have even a glimmer of hope and a sliver of relief?

No. Just no. This only serves Trump, who malignantly and maliciously killed at least half a million of our friends and loved ones. He and his family and cronies did this to us, and they did it on purpose.

Turn your wrath toward he who deserves it, turn your energies toward working somehow to make the system work better, and recognize that each person who is protected brings you and others closer to protection as well.


Love your origin story & would love to hear your storytelling...

At the time I joined DU in 2002 I’d recently finished a graduate program in mythological studies.

Before I started that program I’d spent years dealing with an unruly adolescent daughter, which got me to thinking about Demeter and Persephone. Looked at from one point of view — in my case, askance — the daughter had dragged her mother through Hell. I wrote poetry about us.

When I started writing papers it seemed natural to delve deeper into the mythology of Demeter and Persephone, and a very rich mythology it is.

But as with so many goddesses, they are part of a triad, and Hekate is the third one. I asked myself if I wanted to continue with researching the mother-daughter myth and decided to take a different path. Hekate is not a mother, and one of her names is Eldest, because she’s from the Titan brood that predated the Olympians.

So when I came here I took Hekate’s name.

But in deciding to become very politically involved, I also took another road, away from writing about mythology. And that was also Hekatean, for she stands at the road where three ways meet, and as Frost noticed (in talking about only two roads) when you choose a path, you can’t really return from whence you started.

7 Republicans stood with us? Couldn't even find 10 righteous? God destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah...

...when 10 just men could not be found.

I have issues with the Old Testament God, but stories like this come to mind today, given all the alleged “believers” there are in US politics. “Believers” who swore an oath on their holy book before their god to uphold the US Constitution.

I am a Big Fan of women having access to the full range of women's necessary medical care ...

You may not be a big fan of men having access to prostate exams, but it is part of men’s medical care. You may not be a big fan of prostatectomies, but on occasion, they are necessary. You may not be a big fan of vasectomies, but some men find them necessary.

Don’t judge human beings’ private medical decisions, especially about their reproductive parts.

I spent too much of my life parsing the abortion issue, trying to allow for the “sincerity” of abortion foes. Several years ago I finally, finally realized it was a hopeless endeavor. The RW in particular cares nothing about my level of sincerity, nor do they care about my or any woman's life or health. If they did care they would not be trying to outlaw all forms of contraception. If they did care they would ensure that all children would be fed, housed, and schooled, instead of abandoning them to hunger, poverty, and ignorance.

I understand your inner struggle with the word and concept of abortion. But that uncertainty is the wedge the RW anti-choice fanatics uses against us. I am over 70 and I decided to not even allow that any more. To hell with the RW, and I mean that. To hell with them.

Instead, what I hold to is: I believe women should have full & affordable access to the full range of women’s necessary medical care. Full stop.

Melania will never understand that the difference between herself & Dr Jill is caring about others

Dr Jill cares about others, has real accomplishments to her name, and works hard. Those traits, more than her new title and more than her husband’s title, make her beloved, & make her of public interest (oh, say, to your average magazine editor) now that she has the title.

FLOTUS Michelle Obama had all that and glamor, too. The camera just loved her.

Of course Melania Trump is bitter with envy. She thought adulation on a royal scale came with the title, and it doesn’t. She still doesn’t understand — she never will — she is incapable of it. She is pathetic.

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