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Halloween during Covid.

Itís my favorite holiday hands down. It takes me a couple very full days to get the outside of my house decorated and lit up each year. I have done this for the 25 years Iíve lived in this home. Itís a sea of purple, green and orange lights...ghosts, skeletons, ghouls, witches, a steaming cauldron, a graveyard, a whole bunch of jack-o-lanterns...I love it ALL. I change it a little each year...the challenge is to get all the lights to run off of one switch. My neighbors love it. Each night of the show, kiddoís come from all up and down the street to stand out front and look at the display. Sometimes I go out and visit with them and we talk about costumes, favorite candies and the upcoming big night. They know Iíll have full size candy bars for them and a mini bottle for the adults walking them around. There are kids who trick or treated at my house 20 years ago that bring their own children now. Halloween night, we have a bonfire in the front yard of the neighbors house across the street and celebrate the holiday...AND my birthday...with a cocktail or two and talk about the long winter ahead. Itís so much fun.

So, you get the picture. Itís a big deal to me...and this isnít a normal year, I get that. If I had a little one, I donít think I would want them to trick or treat during a pandemic. Iím not really sure I want kiddos from all over my Ďhood on my front porch this year either. If I decorate like I always do, it seems like an invitation for people to come...because it is and has been for a quarter century. Do I skip this year? My gut says that I should. Iíve floated that thought to a couple neighbors and they look at me with horror when I tell them Iím thinking of taking a year off.

Am I looking at this correctly? Right now, in town, we have 36 active cases...that we KNOW of. I anticipate that number growing if school officials decide to send all the kids back to school together in the next couple weeks. Right now, just half the kids go for in person learning at the same time.

I donít see a way to do it safely. Your thoughts? 👻 🦇

tRump campaign sues Montana Governor Steve Bullock to halt mail ballots

Calling Gov. Steve Bullockís August directive permitting counties to hold the Nov. 3 election via mail ballot illegal, President Donald Trumpís campaign and three other Republican groups sued Bullock on Wednesday seeking to overturn it.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Helena by Trumpís campaign, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Montana Republican State Central Committee also names Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, a Republican.

ďThe Governorís power grab under the cover of COVID-19 is particularly egregious. The Governor is running for U.S. Senate as a member of the Democratic Party and his race is one of the most competitive in the country. So he is using his current position to force a brand-new election system on Montanans that, according to his own party, will sway the election in his favor. This action cannot stand,Ē reads the suit.

Bullock responded, in a statement, that "this template lawsuit appears to be part of a pattern of lawsuits across the country by Republican party operatives to limit access to voting during the pandemic. Voting by mail in Montana is safe, secure, and was requested by a bipartisan coalition of Montana election officials seeking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and keep Montanans safe and healthy. This is the same directive that the Republican President of the Senate and Republican Speaker of the House said was the right thing to do for the June primary. Today, we have many more active cases of COVID-19 than we did back in June.Ē


More at this link: https://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/trump-campaign-sues-montana-governor-to-halt-mail-ballots/article_c92177ed-2a01-5280-8966-5ced9a845fab.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Their cheating knows no bounds.

tRump campaign sues Montana Governor Steve Bullock to halt mail in ballots.

Calling Gov. Steve Bullockís August directive permitting counties to hold the Nov. 3 election via mail ballot illegal, President Donald Trumpís campaign and three other Republican groups sued Bullock on Wednesday seeking to overturn it.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Helena by Trumpís campaign, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Montana Republican State Central Committee also names Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, a Republican.

ďThe Governorís power grab under the cover of COVID-19 is particularly egregious. The Governor is running for U.S. Senate as a member of the Democratic Party and his race is one of the most competitive in the country. So he is using his current position to force a brand-new election system on Montanans that, according to his own party, will sway the election in his favor. This action cannot stand,Ē reads the suit.

Bullock responded, in a statement, that "this template lawsuit appears to be part of a pattern of lawsuits across the country by Republican party operatives to limit access to voting during the pandemic. Voting by mail in Montana is safe, secure, and was requested by a bipartisan coalition of Montana election officials seeking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and keep Montanans safe and healthy. This is the same directive that the Republican President of the Senate and Republican Speaker of the House said was the right thing to do for the June primary. Today, we have many more active cases of COVID-19 than we did back in June.Ē


More at the link: https://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/trump-campaign-sues-montana-governor-to-halt-mail-ballots/article_c92177ed-2a01-5280-8966-5ced9a845fab.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Their cheating knows no bounds.



MSNBC is normalizing the MF after his task force presser.

His tone! There was substance! He recommends wearing a mask! He held the presser ton30 minutes! Remarkable!

Iím going to go throw up.

Lincoln Project National Town Hall Live Now:

It is really interesting so far...


https://lincolnproject.us/live/


ETA: The Lincoln Project group just said that they won't rest until Joe Biden is in the Oval Office.

Montana is inundated with out of state visitors right now.

I drive 20 miles round trip every day on the interstate to take my teenage son to baseball practice. The highway is loaded with out of staters every single day. Today my husband drove the kiddo up to Kalispell for a ball tournament and they report that they didnít see but a handful of MT plates in that two hour drive. There were endless SUVs pulling RVs and giant motor homes from GA, FL, CA and WA...all over. Last weekend, we drove 4 hours over to Lewistown and saw the same thing on our highways...tons of vehicles from other places. We take our camper and all our own food...we donít eat out....no motels. Iím frustrated. We had really low Covid numbers for so long. We were doing okay. Seems the word is out and folks are coming to MT in droves. The virus will come with them.

A hopeful sign of a few die hard republicans seeing MF45 for the fraud he is.

My husband is the president of a national non-profit trade organization. This group has a convention every summer that brings hundreds of people together. To date, this group has not canceled their convention scheduled for July in Sioux Falls, SD. The board is scheduled to make that decision between June 1st and June 15th. It dawned on me this week that this convention could go on as planned! It could because these folks are as red as they come with most of them still calling the virus a hoax, stupid, an overreaction etc...I have to hear it every damned day on the phone at work. I should get hazard pay but that's another story.

My husband isn't one of these RWNJ's and I figured that he would get this thing shut down but so far it hasn't happened. My husband is a thoughtful person but he doesn't make decisions quickly and he definitely has a wait and see type of demeanor. Two days ago I said to my husband, "You know...if you go to Sioux Falls, you'll have to come home and quarantine for two weeks. You'll have to live in the camper in the driveway and stay away from me, our kiddo and our shop for that entire time. We can't jeopardize the family or our employees" He looked at me in disbelief. I told him I wasn't kidding. He said "Really?" and I said "REALLY". I left work and told him I'd left the CDC guidelines bookmarked for him on my computer and he could read it for himself.

He immediately began calling his board members to see where they stood on the convention. These people are from all over the country - most are from deep red areas and the business they're all in is chock full of the reddest repubs you can imagine. ALL of them are in favor of shutting the convention down ASAP. The reddest repukes on that board were all quite vocal about the virus, how frightened they are to get it, that the pResident is lying to them about testing and how tRump's got to go or we will lose countless more Americans.

We found out that one of these board members just got out of the hospital with Covid-19. He said it is the sickest he has ever been. He went on an anti-tRump rampage with my husband saying he almost died because he kept hearing that this was like the flu or a cold and he should just keep working, so he did. Another board member from GA has a wife who works in an assisted living facility where Covid-19 has killed half the residents - he is terrified she will get it and then he will too. He pointedly blamed MF45 for the mess we're in. He said he's never voted for a Democrat but he would vote for Biden because he, at least, would know what to do.

I thought this was all good news. Our camper is actually very nice but I guess my husband really didn't want to quarantine there for 2 weeks.


OMG. I'm having a hard time shaking an interaction with a deplorable. Long story.

So this guy shows up at our business a few weeks ago. It was after we put the signs up stating that we were closed due to COVID-19. Our sign said that if you had business with us, to call our shop phone number, we would take payments over the phone and then we will meet you at the gate with their product rather than have folks come into our buildings. The guy in question blew past three of the signs and entered our business anyway. I had gone home for the day and my husband was the only person on site. He was so surprised when this guy, a total stranger, walked to the door having ignored all the signs that he didnít quite know what what to do. This guy said he had driven from Longview, Washington to purchase our product. My husband was definitely thrown off his center and decided at the last minute to sell him what he wanted and get them the hell out of our shop.

The guy chose several items and my husband loaded them in his vehicle. At the last minute the guy added one more thing to his order which my husband loaded into his car. Then the customer and his girlfriend followed my husband into my office where he wrote up an invoice charged his credit card and sent him on his way.

That evening, my husband realized that he didnít charge this the guy for the last item that he added at the end of the transaction. He called the customer, who answered the phone, and told him about his error, apologized and asked the customer to pay for the item. The guy said he would double check what he bought and call back since he was driving. Of course he didnít call back.

Weíve called a couple more times. No answer of course. I sent a statement to the guy last week with a note asking him for the courtesy of paying for the item he added...again apologizing for our error...but since we took care of him when we were closed for the virus, would he please reciprocate? I will say here that it isnít a ton of money...only $130...but, the principle, you know?

Last night, at 9pm...we get a call at the business from who we believe to be this guyís girlfriend (the phone number on the caller ID is one number off of the customerís #) stating that we can fuck off and they will take their business elsewhere because they donít do business with liberals and make America great again and they arenít paying for shit. The only thing I can think of where they might know my political leanings is when they went into my office with my husband...My personal bulletin board has my Kamala bumper sticker hung there next to my 2017 Womenís March flyer. Thatís it. AND, itís my office. Not my husbandís office. Whatever.

This whole thing has left me shaken. I know I shouldnít feel that way. These are horrible people and we all know some of them in our personal lives and this is small compared to what many deal with daily. I am trying to blow it off but having a hard time doing it....turning the other cheek is getting old. I want to lash out and I know that wonít help and it might invite more of their ugliness.

On a whim...I googled the guy. Turns out heís a sexual offender...put a camera in his girlfriendís bedroom without her knowledge and was convicted for it in 2016. The peeping Tom is also a gun nut. Of course he is. Iím so tired and it isnít even noon yet.

Thanks for listening.

ETA: Removed link to the newspaper article about the MAGAperv and fellow DUer suggestion.




Pennsylvania 93-year-old with 'I need more beer' sign gets her wish

Priceless photos of Olive are at this link: https://missoulian.com/news/national/pennsylvania-93-year-old-with-i-need-more-beer-sign-gets-her-wish/article_ca948da5-7fc1-543f-b6a0-fb75ce2abf07.html#tracking-source=top-promo

PITTSBURGH ó Singing the folk song "99 Bottles of Beer" might be how some people are passing the time during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to Coors Light, Olive Veronesi now has 150 ice-cold beers, and she doesn't have to pass them around to anybody.

The 93-year-old gained notoriety after CNN Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA shared her photo with a Coors Light in hand and a plea written on a white board: "I NEED MORE BEER!!"

The photo, taken by one of Veronesi's family members, was shared more than 5 million times.

"When we saw Olive's message, we knew we had to jump at the chance to not only connect with someone who brought a smile to our faces during this pandemic, but also gave us a special opportunity to say thanks for being a Coors Light fan," a Molson Coors spokesperson told CNN.

"Even in the pre-COVID era, we would've been thrilled to fulfill Olive's request," the spokesperson said. "But in this moment, during these unusual times, bringing a little bit of joy to someone's day is the least we can do."

The Seminole, Pennsylvania, native told KDKA she has been staying home to help flatten the curve and to keep everyone, including herself, safe during the pandemic.

"I was on my last 12 cans, I have a beer every night," Veronesi told KDKA. "You know what, beer has vitamins in it, it's good for you, as long as you don't overdo it."

As soon as the delivery of 10 cases of beer arrived, she cracked one open on her porch.

"That tastes pretty good," she said.

But there's more good news for Veronesi and her daily tradition: Molson Coors made a standing offer to her and her family that more beer is on its way whenever they're ready for a restock.

Mr. Pants

is kissing major ass today. I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
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