Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sent Nov. 19, 2020: THE COUP THAT COULDN'T


The fire season is officially over. Everyone in California exhaled, and my garden is happy.
The rain and wind bent the tallest stalks of tree dahlias, so they now hang down into the garden.
The leaves of the Japanese maple glow in the sun.

Democracy has so DODGED A BULLET!

We are being saved by so many unlikely things:

FIRST: The laughable incompetence of the Trump administration:

  • Trump continues to depend upon GIULIANI as his lawyer. when the man has been acting the fool for so long! He is now in the courtroom for the first time in 30 years, prosecuting one of the idiotic lawsuits against the election results, and has forgotten the definition of basic legal concepts!

  • The Administration hired someone passionately honest and competent to be in charge of election security. What were they thinking?!?

Needless to say, when Trump finally saw that Christopher Krebs was for some bizarre reason loyal to Truth, Justice and Democracy rather than Der Toddler, Der Toddler fired him.
Christopher Krebs, left, remains unrepentant about his successful attempt to deliver a clean election.

His immortal tweet in response to getting Tump's (very worn by now) boot:

Do or do not.
There is no "try."

Are those words to live by, or WHAT? My friend Mary just gave me a book to write quotes in, and that's the first one in there.

SECOND: The loyalty of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Constitution rather than his mentally ill boss.
General Mark Milley (right, the one with the Eyebrows of Destiny) said,

"We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution. Every service member will protect and defend that document regardless
of personal price. In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military."

Here I am, finding myself deeply grateful to middle-aged white men who are part of the Establishment! TrumpTime has turned everything on its head, from the very beginning when suddenly the FBI & CIA were the good guys!

So... Have any of you ever worked on an election where paper ballots are tallied? I have. I was a poll worker long ago. I loved it and would have continued doing it, but I'm usually committed to Get Out the Vote on Election Day.

When you're a poll worker, it is not so easy to get an exactly correct count. You start out with a certain number of blank ballots. Then certain number are used vote, and a certain number are left over. Simple, right? Well, not really. For one thing, A poll worker starts at 6am and doesn't start counting until 8pm, when the polls close. So you're exhausted when you're counting.

And If you're working in some big basement room with florescent lights counting what came in from the precincts, you're probably working very long hours also.

A lot of people are not good at counting under the BEST of circumstances. I am one of those. In fact, several of you have remarked on my inability to add up potential electoral college votes correctly. The one time I worked the polls, we started out with 1000 ballots and had to count and recount and recount to get the tallies to match. And maybe they DIDN'T exactly match, for all I know.

It's called Human Error, folks! They even have some saying about it -- "To err is human..." I can't remember the rest of it.

And this is why, if an election is really really really close, there are laws that require the votes to be tallied again and again until the count is precisely correct. However, if an election is NOT really really really close --- and none of Biden's victories in purple states were really really really --- you just accept the count.

But the two Evil GOPs on the Wayne County, Michigan, Board of Canvassers refused to certify the vote. Now, Wayne County includes Detroit, the largest city in Michigan and 80% black. If three out of the four members of the Board do not certify the vote, the decision gets kicked up a level to another panel that is also half EGOP and half Dem. And if THEY don't certify by a certain date, THEN the decision to certify goes to the Michigan state Legislature, which is --- surprise! -- majority EGOP! And -- another surprise! -- without the hundreds of thousands of Detroit votes, Biden would lose Michigan.

The recalcitrant chair of the commission suggested a compromise. She would vote to certify the Wayne County vote -- MINUS the Detroit votes. That is, they would certify the votes of the white suburbs surrounding Detroit and hang the much greater number of Black voters within the city out to dry.

Of course, there were discrepancies in the suburban votes too. But somehow that didn't seem to bother the woman who suggested this brilliant plan -- thereby shoving her obvious racism in the faces of all.

We're talking about quibbling over 450 votes, using it as an excuse to throw out hundreds of thousands of votes.

(You know what I find disturbing? All the evil women involved in the Trump Administration and this election in particular. I guess the fact that so many evil women are in positions of power is simply a reflection of the fact that we've come a long way, baby. But I really thought that we were better than that. Oh well. We're still a LITTLE bit better. Fifty-seven percent of us voted for Biden, vs. 45% of the men. Let's not talk about WHITE women.)

Back to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

Well, word spread fast, and many progressives rushed to the chamber where the two Dems were struggling with their despicable cohorts. Then the Board opened it to public comment on Zoom, and they were subjected to THIS tirade, among others. (click image to watch video):
So, after being ripped apart, raked over the coals and told in no uncertain terms that they were going to Hell by at least one voter, the Board turned off the sound for five minutes. And when they turned it back on, they had changed their minds.


And who HASN'T done anything
to save democracy and the election of Joe Biden?

Oh, he's talking about unity and coming together and that the delay in the official transition to his administration "may" cause more people to die of COVID-19.

It WILL cause more deaths! There's no "may" about it!

And Biden finds all these endless exhausting shenanigans to overturn the very obvious choice made by the citizens of the U.S. in this election"embarassing."

Like it's some little toddler using bad words. You know what I think? Joe Biden may know Congress. He may know how to get around politically in Washington. But he doesn't know HISTORY.

Before Hitler came to power in Germany, people thought of him as embarrassing and laughable. Many did NOT take him seriously. And they were WRONG to do that.

Millions and millions of people believe that Biden stole the election. And Biden wants to pander to them with talk of "unity," rather than speaking with outrage about all these attacks big and small on our democracy!

Okay okay okay. I'm going to calm down now. And end with not one, but two delightful treats!


Don't Tell Donald He's NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY!

"Four Seasons Total Landscaping (Highway 95 Revisited)"
I hope you've already discovered Roy. I've been a fan of his for years.

Dear Bloggelinis: Life continues complicated, doesn't it? I'm longing to write something simple and personal, but the political turmoil won't quit! All for now. Terry

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