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LieparDestin

Today:

Benny

4 pm CT, I believe.

Benny

Nope, it’s 5 CT. Sorry!

LieparDestin

Today:

la58

I like that at the end they played, Taken it to the Streets

la58

Benny

His campaign used that song at the conclusion of the rallies most of the time. Sometimes “Starman” by Bowie too.

orlbucfan

🎼👍

LieparDestin

Benny

Anand is a nice bridge between the progressives and the establishment. I wish I could process my thoughts on digital ink as well as he does.

Benny

Two Texas lawsuits challenge governor’s restrictions on ballot drop-off locations

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing two separate federal lawsuits over his executive order that restricts ballot boxes to one per county in the sprawling state, a move opponents argue harms the nation’s most vulnerable voters during the coronavirus pandemic and suppresses the vote.

Ahead of the start of early voting in Texas on October 13, Abbott’s Thursday order requires large counties regardless of population and area to limit their number of drop-off locations for mail-in ballots to one. The challenges were filed in the Western District of Texas.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and some voters’ concerns about voting in-person, requests for absentee and mail-in ballots have increased across the US. In Texas, state Republicans have successfully blocked Democrats’ attempts to expand mail-in voting, citing voter fraud. While rare instances of voter fraud from mail-in ballots do occur, it is nowhere near a widespread problem in the US election system.

In a complaint filed late Thursday against Abbott’s order, the Campaign Legal Center sued on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens, its Texas chapter, the League of Women Voters of Texas, and two individuals, alleging that the last-minute change will cause confusion for voters.

The complaint argues that the governor’s order forces Texas absentee voters — older voters, and voters with disabilities — to risk exposure to Covid-19, travel farther distances, and face longer waits.

Among the plaintiffs is an 82-year-old man from Cypress, Texas, whose nearest drop box in Harris County will now be 36 miles away, a nearly hour and a half round trip, the suit alleges.

“For Texas’ absentee voters—including those who had already requested or received their absentee ballot with the expectation that they would be able to use one of many drop-off locations offered by their county—the effect of the October 1 order is to unreasonably burden their ability to vote,” the suit states.

The lawsuit also says that the order disproportionately impacts minority communities.
In a statement Thursday, Abbott said his order was made to enhance ballot security and it “will help stop attempts at illegal voting.”

The second suit, brought Friday by Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, a voter registration group Bigtent Creative, and a 65-year-old Dallas County voter, calls the governor’s changes “a ploy to suppress the vote” and argues that “neither Governor Abbott nor the Secretary have explained how the restriction enhances ballot security, and indeed the Restriction does not.”
Asked for a response Saturday to the lawsuits, Abbott’s office said in a statement provided to CNN, “The Governor has not limited voting—instead he has expanded access to voting.”
In July, Abbott expanded the amount of time for early voting in Texas by six days — which now begins on October 13 — and for hand-delivering mail-in ballots out of safety concerns due to the pandemic.

Abbott’s office said in its statement that the governor’s executive order on Thursday only applies to mail-in ballots.

His office added that the “additional time provided for those who want to submit their mail in ballot in person is sufficient to accommodate the limited number of people who have traditionally used that voting strategy.”

Other recent court rulings have limited no-excuse mail voting in Texas only to senior citizens and another blocked mail-in ballot applications from being automatically set to residents in Harris County.

Before Abbott’s order, several counties had already begun to roll out multiple absentee voting drop-off locations. Harris County, the state’s most populous county and a Democratic stronghold, had to reduce its 12 drop-off locations down to one on Friday. Over 40% of Harris County residents are Latino and nearly 20% are Black.

Abbott’s proclamation also allows poll watchers to observe the in-person delivery of mail-in ballots by voters.

The state’s Democratic Party chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, slammed the decision in a statement as a “blatant voter suppression tactic.”

CNN gave an interesting example on TV this morning. Harris County (Houston) is 1800 Sq. Larger than the state of RI.

Don midwest
Don midwest

attack on Gaia continues using the law and government

la58

The First Nation screwed over once again!

orlbucfan

Yeah, but the FRighties are packing the fed courts. They got a good start with Obama doing jack sh1t to stop them.

humphrey

Unfortunately Schumer and most dem senators are playing right along with the packing.

Benny

Especially during the Trump Administration.

Don midwest
Don midwest

In Woodward’s book RAGE, Lindsey Graham is a sane voice in many places

Thus, emptywheel thinks that the quotation at the end may be him

In short

a) if trump can be empathetic, can come out of Covid OK

b) Covid could be the death spiral for the republicans

there are three linked tweets. I will post other ones but probably will lead to duplicates

I started from the bottom. Tis is the first of the three tweets

Don midwest
Don midwest

NYT reporter rode on Air Force 1 with president, tested positive, but not a follow up of contract trace. The WH doesn’t want to know

Heard on democracynow this morning that WH not released the names of people at Thursday rally that the state of NJ wanted to contact trace all of the,

Nixon — what did the president know and when did he know it

material difference

Trump – when did he have it and when did he know

reminder – most active spreader right before test positive

Don midwest
Don midwest

Thank you Donald Trump!

I have just finished the RAGE book by Woodward and have some additional thoughts.

Where to start.

He has shown that the US is not exceptional. Jeremy Scahill answered my question with “exceptionalism is so deeply buried in our culture that I don’t have any idea how to overcome it.” Well, more people are realizing it, but Trump hopes to ride MAGA to win the election.

He has shown that capitalism and extraction go to the heard of our “civilization”. He has taken the Republican party with him on the quest to destroy the earth. But the dems have gone along for the ride. Thus shown that politics has been destroyed.

He has destroyed large sections of the government which were thought to be stable institutions that could stand up to him. This shows that the country really does not hold the values at the heart of these institutions as sacred values.

He has shown that he can get along just fine with no inhibition. He was not inhibited to follow the guidelines on Covid 19. The only way known to defeat the virus is to quarantine for 14 days after being exposed. And contract trace. Trump was exposed to Hope Hicks who tested positive and went to the high profile rally in NJ anyway. And the WH is a super spreader environment.

He showed that science no longer is a religion. It isn’t laid out on a tablet from God with Science’s sidekick, FACTS.

Heck he even showed that this classic statement from the NYT yesterday is just another opinion

“But reality is reality. Truth is truth. Science is science, and it alerted all of us — including the president — to the danger of the coronavirus, how it spreads and what we can and should do to protect ourselves and others. There’s no getting around those facts.”

It is too easy to say he is insane.

That is the easy out. Rational/Irrational, since The Enlightenment, one won an argument by showing the other side is irrational. (Could it be that rationality is soo limited?) Whoops, did not work with Trump, he is still there at the top of the news.

It is clear that he is not inhibited

With a prefix, this can become dis-inhibited in one word

Humans are disinhibited that they are destroying the conditions necessary for existence

So what the heck, why can’t a person expressing their freedom be disinhibited?

**
It is not a climate crisis. A crisis is a condition that can be overcome. Life has been forever altered by humans. Humans are now a geologic force like earthquakes and fires and volcanos as noted by the geologists in naming our geologic age The Anthropocene.

We have been at war with Gaia. And the war has already been lost.

In the mean time, humans continue to be disinhibited in their extraction of resources, moral treatment of humans and animals, but, but, capitalism is still the God

The relation to the future has been changed forever.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

LieparDestin

In the story about this on the dailymail.co.uk…

However, the attorney claimed that: “Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they “perceived a threat” and shot him to death.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8806405/Texas-city-worker-31-killed-white-cop-trying-break-brawl-man-woman.html

polarbear4

many of the police are honestly such cowards nowadays.

magsview

yep

Benny

Disgusting.

jcitybone

polarbear4

and some aren’t saying. people are people and they are sick and desperate, tbh.

jcitybone

Benny

I despise the author of this tweet, but it is a good sound bite.

jcitybone

Yeah I agree

orlbucfan

If true, hope the ahole drinks plenty of bier before he painfully croaks.

jcitybone

NYCVG

Attention Junkie must have gotten a potent fix in his ride-around-the-block stunt.

The Media is keeping AllAboutTrump front and center.

We know whose side they are on.

Benny

I may be mistaken, but the more the attention is on COVID, Trump’s numbers drop.

But then it ignores the other important news.

Benny

Which is why we are here!!

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

And I’m so appreciative that you all are. Thx birdies 😍😊🤩

LieparDestin

Hi Benny! Ryan Knight now follows us on the Twitter which I believe you helped facilitate! Thanks!

humphrey

The most frightening part is the amount of likes and retweets of the jibberish Trump tweets are gathering. His cult like supporters are scary!😲

eg.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/519610-walter-reed-physician-trump-sent-wrong-message-that-its-ok-to-go-out

An attending physician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where President Trump has been for several days, sharply criticized the president’s decision to exit the hospital to greet supporters from the back of a vehicle.

In an interview Monday with “Today,” James Phillips expanded on the criticism he first issued in a tweet Sunday blasting Trump for the “irresponsibility” he says the president showed by risking the exposure of Secret Service agents and others to the coronavirus.

“This is the wrong message to be sending,” Phillips said, adding: “This was a dangerous move. There is no medical benefit for this to have taken place.”

“Beyond the risk that was imparted on those Secret Service agents, volunteering or not, it’s the message that is sent to other people who are sick that it’s OK to go out,” he continued.

Phillips’s comments come a day after he sharply criticized Trump’s excursion from Walter Reed on Twitter, writing: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/05/walter-reed-doctors-anger-exposes-trump-his-worst/?utm_source=reddit.com

After President Trump left his hospital bed to pay a surprise visit to supporters in his armored car on Sunday evening, an attending physician at Walter Reed hospital vented his anger at what he’d just seen. “Every single person in the vehicle,” tweeted Dr. James Phillips, might “get sick” or “die.”

“Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater,” Dr. Phillips continued. “This is insanity.”

There’s a reason Dr. Phillips’ anger has gone viral, as it were. He captured a larger truth about this moment: Even as Trump himself comes face to face with possible death at the hands of a disease he downplayed for so long, he’s still demonstrating the same depraved dereliction of duty that he has all throughout, helping to kill more than 200,000 Americans.

Trump himself wants us to think this moment has changed him.

“I’ve learned a lot about Covid,” Trump said in a video he tweeted out just before his surprise visit. “I get it. And I understand it. It’s a very interesting thing. And I’m gonna be letting you know about it.”

Indeed, Trump’s own brush with death has provided just the moment he might have seized upon to show some humility and to demonstrate some kinship on a basic human level with the millions of people whose lives have been damaged or upended — or prematurely ended — by this disease.

But everything he has said and done since testing positive for coronavirus suggests this moment has not changed him in any way.

orlbucfan

Next thing you know, they will be advertising the orange maggot as the second coming of Christ. Plenty of marks will buy it.

Benny

Phillips has been already been all over the news wires.

Trump did this to save whatever global investments (or his friends’ investments) as the stock market is back up–ever so slightly.

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humphrey

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Benny

AG William Barr to self-quarantine for several days out of caution

Attorney General William Barr will self-quarantine for several days out of caution, a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Barr, who has tested negative for the coronavirus, has remained at his home since attending a meeting at Justice Department headquarters on Friday.

All four of Barr’s coronavirus tests since Friday have come back negative, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said. But she said the AG plans to self-quarantine for several more days.

Barr was at the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett with several attendees, including President Trump, who later tested positive for coronavirus.

The attorney general was spotted at the event speaking with former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, who also tested positive for the illness. Both, along with most event attendees, were maskless at the time.

I bet he has it. He may be fortunate in that he will be asymptomatic, but it also means his family needs to quarantine, and so do his employees (if they haven’t already).

Don midwest
Don midwest

is this murder?