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Allons enfants de la Patrie,

Le jour de gloire est arrivé!!!

Posted by Mme. Defarge | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 02:43 PM (5 replies)



Posted by Mme. Defarge | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 11:41 AM (8 replies)

There has been no movement from 253/214 for well over a day.

Here on the Left Coast I’m dressed, car keys within reach, shoes positioned at the front door, and ready to make a dash to my car and lay on the horn.

Wondering how fast Amazon could get crates of Miralax to all of our major news outlets to help remedy the constipation?
Posted by Mme. Defarge | Fri Nov 6, 2020, 02:47 PM (2 replies)

Wondering about the impact of TLP on Republican voters.

Wondering if The Lincoln Project’s brilliant ads, from a Democratic perspective, actually changed any Republicans’ minds about DJT, or caused them to dig in further in their support of “their” president.

Water Heater Question

Does anyone happen to know if the typical lifespan of an electric water is solely a function of its age, or does use make a difference? In other words, would a water heater in a single person household tend to last longer than in a home with two or more people?

Biden tweets about "Oxi" Day

Joe Biden
Today we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Oxi Day. Greeks inspired the free world when they resisted Mussolini’s invading army — and that courageous spirit lives on today, reminding us we too must stand up and do our part to safeguard our democracy.
12:20 PM · Oct 28, 2020
4.8K people are Tweeting about this

Amoral or immoral?

In my opinion, opinion writers and other pundits should be describing Trump’s behavior as immoral as opposed to amoral.

Amoral vs. immoral
The adjective immoral means contrary to established moral principles. Immoral actions are corrupt, unethical, sinful, or just wrong. Amoral means (1) neither moral nor immoral, or (2) lacking moral sensibility. So while immoral and amoral might share a little common ground, there is a clear distinction: immoral things are bad, and amoral things are either neutral from a moral perspective or simply removed from moral considerations.


Was this the real "Earthquake" bombshell that was promised for last week?

Were all of us here supposed to be gob-smacked when when this game-changing story broke in the WSJ?

Trump Had One Last Story to Sell. The Wall Street Journal Wouldn’t Buy It.

Inside the White House’s secret, last-ditch effort to change the narrative, and the election — and the return of the media gatekeepers.

By Ben Smith
Oct. 25, 2020

By early October, even people inside the White House believed President Trump’s re-election campaign needed a desperate rescue mission. So three men allied with the president gathered at a house in McLean, Va., to launch one.

The host was Arthur Schwartz, a New York public relations man close to President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr. The guests were a White House lawyer, Eric Herschmann, and a former deputy White House counsel, Stefan Passantino, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

Mr. Herschmann knew the subject matter they were there to discuss. He had represented Mr. Trump during the impeachment trial early this year, and he tried to deflect allegations against the president in part by pointing to Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine. More recently, he has been working on the White House payroll with a hazy portfolio, listed as “a senior adviser to the president,” and remains close to Jared Kushner.

The three had pinned their hopes for re-electing the president on a fourth guest, a straight-shooting Wall Street Journal White House reporter named Michael Bender. They delivered the goods to him there: a cache of emails detailing Hunter Biden’s business activities, and, on speaker phone, a former business partner of Hunter Biden’s named Tony Bobulinski. Mr. Bobulinski was willing to go on the record in The Journal with an explosive claim: that Joe Biden, the former vice president, had been aware of, and profited from, his son’s activities. The Trump team left believing that The Journal would blow the thing open and their excitement was conveyed to the president.


Keep calm and

remember that our cause is just and that we have the smart people on our side.

The United States is heading for a post-election crisis. Here are three ways to avoid it.

Oct. 20, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. PDT
For the past decade, I’ve studied how contentious elections create crises and, sometimes, violence. I never dreamed that my research in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe would be applicable to the United States. But now I see many of the same red flags that precede post-election crises elsewhere existing in the United States. President Trump has already made it clear that he’s willing to damage institutions, stir up chaos and abuse his powers if it will help him stay in office.

The Trump campaign has called on an “army of supporters” to observe the polls — emboldening far-right groups who feel called upon to take action. Trump has argued that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett must be urgently confirmed so that she can rule on legal challenges around the election (presumably in his favor). And he has refused to commit to a “peaceful transfer of power.” All of this makes the risk of a constitutional crisis in the aftermath of the election — perhaps involving political violence — greater than at any moment in modern American history.
Thankfully, there is still time to avoid that dangerous scenario. But doing so starts with clear, direct messaging from Democrats, the press and any remaining principled Republicans who are willing to put country before party.

There are three urgent tasks.
First, responsible politicians and journalists should manage expectations of when decisive results will be known. This isn’t just because of the unprecedented rise in mail-in and absentee ballots due to the pandemic. In 2018, many press outlets mischaracterized the midterm election as a “split decision” rather than a “blue wave.” A few days later, as results were finalized, it became clear that Democrats had won their biggest election victory since 1974. That initial misperception could have been avoided with a little patience.

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