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No one shows up to Joe Biden debate parties

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, in Biden's home state of Pennsylvania:

"The two men watched in silence and both left before the three-hour debate ended. A reporter turned off the TV on her way out. Bradford’s was one of three watch parties within a 20-mile radius of Center City registered with the campaign. None drew more than seven people."

“What surprises me is, Philly, you’d expect it to be Bidentown,” she said. “It really hasn’t felt like that.”

Enthusiasm matters when it comes to winning elections, whether some like to admit it or not.

Question about Roku and a wired connection

Have a Roku streaming stick plus and picture from wireless is sometimes blurry due to slow download speeds. Would upgrading to a Roku Ultra which has an ethernet port for a wired connection help? Blogs say it could but if the download speeds are slow from the router how much would it really hep?

Thanks in advance.

Rep Raskin: IG briefing paper looks like a hit piece on Bidens

He just said that on CNN about today's briefing. He held up the "document' and said it raises more questions that provides answers, and it look like just unproven charges against the Bidens. I.e., just another clumsy attempt by the idiots at the WH to derail the investigation.

Drone flying through fireworks

A few years old so probably posted before but still cool (especially in an altered state):


Upcoming Linda Ronstadt documentary

For years Ronstadt has avoided having a film done about her but finally relented to the guy who did the one on David Crosby. She doesn't like talking about her past, or her disease, and is self-critical. But to me she was one of the most talented singers of the 70s and 80s. I loved her stylings and voice, and consider her a pioneer in rock. I also had a huge crush on her.

From the LA Times:

"Friedman, one of the film’s directors, admits he was initially taken aback by Ronstadt’s aversion to attention.

“It’s surprising in many ways that a performer of her stature, who had such success, remained completely unspoiled by it,” he says. “I think it’s hard to understand today, when there’s so much emphasis on celebrity and it’s all about followers and friends and influencers.”"


"Growing up in Tucson, she listened to a range of music: Her mother would sing Gilbert and Sullivan on the piano; her Mexican father played the music of his ancestors; her grandmother loved opera; and her sister was obsessed with Hank Williams. As a schoolgirl, she spent her days dreaming of rushing home and playing the records she’d stacked in order of preference.

“I never tried to do anything I hadn’t heard by the age of 10. I wouldn’t be able to do it authentically,” she says of her career choices."


Wow! Amy McGrath's opening video body slams the Turtle

What an impressive spot in every way. The best part is when she takes down McConnell factually and with heart.

Joy Harjo named US Poet Laureate, first Native American so honored

Harjo, a member of the Muscogee/Creek nation, is also an author and performer.
"'I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem," Harjo said in a release from the Library of Congress.
Harjo's work draws on symbolism and traditions important to Native American culture, and she also uses her position within the literary community to discuss difficult issues like colonialism, violence against women and the relationship between modernization and traditionalism."


Here is her website:

The Secret to Elizabeth Warren's Surge? Ideas

Turns out people do like to hear about policies and Warren is able to present them in a way that's understandable to the average voter.

"Better than any other candidate, Warren has articulated a connection between her personal and professional struggles and her ideas, lending an air of authenticity to her campaign. Her backstory – teacher turned reluctant stay-at-home mom turned Harvard Law School professor – clearly resonates with voters in important states such as Iowa and South Carolina."


NBC/WSJ poll: Enthusiasm for Warren surges while same for Biden, Sanders falls

A clip about the poll from MSNBC:


Seems Biden and and Sanders have slipped about 6 points when it comes to the enthusiasm factor.

Warren leads again: proposes legislation so presidents can be indicted

As she has on so many issues, Elizabeth Warren is demonstrating leadership in proposing comprehensive legislation that would, among other things, allow a sitting president to be indicted.

"she would pursue new legislation to strip the current protections and, on the administration side, pledged to appoint Justice Department officials who will reverse flawed policies so no President is shielded from criminal accountability.'"

On Wallace's show just now they gave Warren credit for speaking plainly on an issue that many Americans didn't realize was in practicality under DOJ guidelines the case, that a President is above the law.

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