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Saturday, August 29, 2020

When you can't get anyone to come to your party

     The only Trump not to speak at the Republican Convention this week was Barron.  This is what happens when the only living Republican President or Presidential candidate isn't speaking at your convention.  You are left with your son's girlfriend to speak on your behalf.  That must be a first.  When Kimberly Guilfoyle spoke at the convention it reminded me of the old Howard Dean screech


     Hard to believe Kimberly and Gavin Newsom were once a couple. 

A different era: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and his wife Kimberly Guilfoyle arrive at the GQ magazine party at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

When your cult leader endangers your life

 Trump supporters drinking the Kool-Aid.  Those attendees in the front row near Trump were tested to protect him but everyone else was left to their own risk to be exposed to the virus. Only the leader's health is important in a cult.  

The crowded scene on the White House's South Lawn for Trump's speech


     I guess losing Herman Cain wasn't enough for the leader.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Run for the hills they're coming to get us

 New migrant caravan receives cooler welcome in Mexico | Migration ...

   Every demigod has to have an enemy to use to scare his followers enough that they close their eyes to the corruption and lawlessness of their own actions.  Trump is an example of this diversionary technique.  In the 2018 mid-term election it was the migrant caravans.

 St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters saw threat by 'bad ...

    Now the 2020 scare theme is represented by the couple speak at your convention who pointed guns at peaceful demonstrators in St. Louis to represent the threat of people of color moving into your suburban enclave.  This is the world of the 1950s when segregationists were talking about the threats of integration.  The world of George Wallace has been reconstituted in the Republican Party.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Running the Country as a business-Trump 101

      Noah Feldman: Let Steve Bannon arrest be the coda on Trump's ...

Steve Bannon's arrest for fraud is simply a continuation of the Trump Administration's intent on monetizing any connections they may have had with the Administration.  Governing the country was always secondary to making money.  From Trump's attempt to have the British Open at his golf course in Scotland or the G7 meeting at his golf course in FloridaTrump has even copyrighted the words "Make America Great Again" and "MAGA" for future money-making opportunities.  His two sons have set up a Trump Store to sell Trump-related merchandise.  I have blogged before how all his email appeals for money comes with merchandise with Trump's name on it.  Just test marking what will sell in his store. 

    How can we forget that Trump has had to close his charity because it was fraudulent or close his online university because it was also nothing more than a fraudulent scam?  The fraud includes not paying contractors for work done. 

     There was some speculation that Trump's run for the Presidency in 2016 was not to win but to gain visibility for the creation of a new news station.  This seems to possibly be his post-presidency plan. It is always about the money when it comes to Trump or Bannon.  Maybe you CAN fool some of the people all the time.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Maryland's history on granting women the right to vote and equal rights

 Recently the Country celebrated the 100 anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. We now think of Maryland as a progressive state but I recently read an article that paints a different picture of Maryland of the early 20th Century.   

As we fast forward 100 years we are still unsure of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Fortunately Maryland this time was an early ratifier of the amendment.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Will the new convention model last?

    I know that both political parties will move back to a traditional convention in the future but I hope that what has been learned in doing the conventions virtual is not completely lost.  I have found the virtual convention to be much better than the old convention model that was developed in the 19th Century.  The professionalism and themes put forward were much better than in the old model.  Even the talks being taped were so much better. Everything flowed better. The visuals of the delegates giving their votes were so much interesting than doing it from the floor of the convention.  Let's face it the entertainment quality of having everything limited to 2 hours was so much better.  Remember Bill Clinton's 1992 acceptance speech that ran 1 hour 20 minutes?  Or when he spoke so long giving the Keynote Address at the 1988 Convention that people applauded when he said, "in conclusion"?  

    So now we will see how well the Republicans can pull off a virtual convention.  Apparently, they will use the White House and Fort McHenry as backdrops.  What the Kremlin was booked?  I wonder how many people will be found to highlight Trump's character?  Maybe they can have the people he has pardoned appear to thank him.  I know they will try to show some diversity in their speakers but you only have to look at their new members of Congress to see diversity isn't sincere when it comes to the Republicans. Glad the Repubs found one white woman.  Your days as a viable party are numbered when your candidates look like a line up from Congress of 1950.


Monday, August 17, 2020

Live Free and Die


Sean Hannity's 'Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the ...

    As the new Sean Hannity book "Live Free or Die" is number one on the non-fiction best sellers list this week I can't help but think about how the title relates to our Country's situation with the COVID-19 virus.  Our Country's battle between two very different belief systems of individual rights vs collective responsibility is being played out in our Country's response to the virus.  The controversy over mask mandates is just one example.  Countries that have a culture of social responsibility and cohesion have minimized the impact of the virus and those with a weak culture of social responsibility have suffered a disproportionate impact of the virus.  The United States has been the best example of this reality.  We, unfortunately, have had the virus impact us at the very time we have had a national leader that has combined the worse features of the conservative philosophy of minimizing collective action.  Is it any surprise to see the virus continuing to escalate in Southern states while the states in the Northeast that were first impacted by the virus have the lowest levels of the virus.  New York's dramatic shutdown is unlike any of the Southern states' responses to the virus.   The adherence to a strong conservative philosophy of individual rights in the time of a pandemic will involve sacrificing human life rather than modify that philosophy.  

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Weekend funnies


Old ads that we may have forgotten what the times were like

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Trump got a wall built


    The map above shows in pink the countries where US citizens can't travel.  The Trump Administration's handling of the COVID-19 virus has caused the US to be walled off from the rest of the world.  Let that sink in.  As US citizens we are seen as a threat to the health of most citizens of the world.  Maybe it is time to not call this the China Virus but the Trump Virus.  Obama got a health care program that expanded health care for US citizens named after him and Trump should get a virus named after him for getting us banned by most of the rest of the world.


    Notice that one place we can travel is Mexico.  Maybe they will have to fund a wall keeping us out too.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Can a supporter be this dumb?

    I have been signing up for emails from the Trump campaign just to see what they are sending out to their supporters asking for money.  Interestingly the emails come from a wide range of the Trump family and not just Trump.  I have not contributed any money but as the info below wants me to know that I have a very special place in his supports.  Do supporters really believe they are the only first Trump Patriot of the Week?  Do they really think Trump actually chose them personally? The deceitfulness of their money appeals shows they think their supporters are so naive that they can be fooled into making a contribution.  



After looking through all of our BEST supporters, President Trump chose YOU as the very FIRST Trump Patriot of the Week.

Your support has not gone unnoticed, Duane. You’ve truly earned this prestigious recognition.
President Trump was SO impressed by your dedication to our movement that he unlocked an EXCLUSIVE 500%-MATCH just for YOU.

Your Patriot of the Week 500%-MATCH offer is ONLY available to you for the NEXT HOUR, so act fast.

Please contribute ANY AMOUNT in the NEXT HOUR to claim your Trump Patriot of the Week 500%-MATCH. >>

Trump Patriot of the Week

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Why do we keep electing Republicans when they don't like governing?

      Jimmy Carter cleaning up after the Nixon scandals, Obama having to fix the economy after George W. Bush and now probably Biden cleaning up after Trump shows what happens when you have a non-governing party that is repulsed by having to use any governing actions that don't involve increasing the military budget and reducing taxes.  The Trump Administration rode a relatively problem-free 3 years that didn't require much government intervention.  Republican officials only know how to be a minority oppositional party and not a governing party.  That all changed when the pandemic developed.  We shouldn't be surprised that Trump's response was to wish the virus away when warmer weather would arrive or to say that it would magically disappear rather than use the powers he had to address the need to protect Americans from the virus and its consequences.   I know that many Republicans think this is a Democrat hoax to hurt Trump's re-election chances but how do you explain their lack of action in the face of two 9/11's every week.  The Republican party, as a nongoverning party, doesn't know how to act if there isn't a foreign enemy to attack as George W. was willing to do.  Issuing national guidelines to limit the spread of the virus or creating an effective testing program doesn't involve sending military troops or police to address a problem.
     Today we are focused on cleaning up the Trump Administration's mess with the pandemic but we should not forget the mess the Administration has left in addressing climate change.  Trump's answer to that problem is limited to extolling "clean" coal or denying the problem with a tweet every time we have a cold day in Winter.
     Let's just face the fact that electing Republicans today will mean that we as individuals are on our own when faced with a pandemic, in need of health care insurance or dealing with the impacts of climate change.  As the rest of the developed World moves on with addressing the needs of their citizens we are left with leaders from one party who prefer to stick their heads in the sand when confronted with a problem.


      Fact for today's reality:
New York City has more population than 38 states.  This translates in Senate representation to New York's residents only having 2 senators to the other states 76 senators representing the same number of people. 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Village in Howard has a $10,000 raffle worth considering

The Village in Howard is holding a raffle that has a winning prize of up to $10,000 for a $100 ticket.  Nonprofits these days have to get creative in how they do fundraising.  If you get another stimulus check this may not be a bad way to use a little of it to win big.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Trash and recycle pickups are sliding this week

   The tropical storm predicted for tomorrow will cause the trash and recycle pickups this week to slide one day.


Yesterday's report on COVID-19 in Howard County

On this status update Sunday, Howard County has a positivity rate of 3.51%, notably still below 5%, with a 7-day average daily case rate of 41. Our hospitalizations are also still low, with 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and acute care.

We have now tested 15.8% of our population and reached the highest daily average number of tests at 1,517, with 10,622 tests administered last week – a 33% increase over the previous week. This is the third week in a row we’ve exceeded our HoCo RISE goal of 6,500 tests per week.

As of yesterday, the average age of new daily confirmed cases is 32. As we noted last week, the increase in younger COVID-19 patients is concerning, and households should still be cautious. If you have been around people outside of your household - including extended family, going to work, or have traveled anywhere recently, please take the time to get tested this week. To date, twice as many people 36 and over are being tested compared to those 35 and under. As we continue to increase testing frequency, we will be able to track and isolate the virus more effectively.

With the Governor's latest masking-order and our continued vigilance, we can prevent a large outbreak and keep our community safe.

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Blurring the lines

   We have all known that Sean Hannity is just a paid shill for Trump.   It is more apparent by this type of email I received yesterday from the Trump campaign:


Can you keep a secret?

Sean Hannity wrote a new book titled Live Free or Die. It won’t be available until later this month, but because you’re a TOP supporter, we’re giving you PRIORITY-ACCESS so that you can get your copy FIRST.

But, that’s not the best part. Sean signed a limited amount of copies, and President Trump has requested that we save one for YOU.

All you have to do is contribute $75 or more in the NEXT HOUR, and we’ll send you your SIGNED copy of Live Free or Die.

We are only offering this exclusive opportunity to our TOP supporters of the Republican National Committee, like YOU. When you get your signed copy, in addition to benefiting the RNC, your contribution will also be helping us fight to re-elect the President and ALL Republicans this November.

Contribute $75 or more TODAY to claim your SIGNED copy of Sean Hannity’s new book LIVE FREE OR DIE. >>


    Knowing that Sean and Trump have been slow to recognize the need to wear a mask
maybe the title of the book should be "Live Free and Die."   Herbert Cain found that out.

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    Interesting that I am a top supporter when I have never contributed anything to their campaign.