The state criminal cases are proceeding regardless of what Biden or his Department of Justice decide to do. It infuriates me that we got four years of Bengazhi hearings that never turned up any wrongdoing, but people argue that Congress should just ignore the violations of the emolluments clause of the Constitution, the bribery and corruption, the multiple violations of the Federal Anti-Nepotism Act, the multiple violations of the Hatch Act, ignoring when Russia put bounties on our own soldiers (and then lying and trying to cover up when it was uncovered), withholding medical supplies from states whose governors he was angry with, illegally sending troops into cities whose local government policies annoyed him, the crimes against humanity including children being left to die in cages…
I think at the very least Biden should call for the appointment of an independent counsel to look into some subset of the many treasonous things Trump and his cronies did.
You can’t let such blatant disregard for the law go.
I’m still spending most of my energy on NaNoWriMo, so you get another news link post:
‘I have never seen this before’: Legal expert stunned by argument in latest Trump voter fraud lawsuit. And not because it’s brilliant.
Taking a short break from NaNoWriMo to share some more news links.
At least 40 in Trump inner circle have contracted Covid – who are the newest cases? – Another cluster was identified this week – and several infected people had attended the White House’s election night party.
Roy Den Hollander was entrenched in ‘anti-feminist’ male supremacy movement – The suspect in an ambush on a judge’s family was a member of Men Going Their Own Way, who seek to avoid “the negative influence of women entirely.”.
Still trying to put most of my energy into NaNoWrMo, so once more, not much in the way of a substantive blog post.
Elseweb, people asked how my NaNoWriMo word count was going. As you can see in the above image, not badly at all, thank you.
Finally, let’s let the great Kate McKinnon finish things off:
SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Colin Jost Totally Lose It Ridiculing Rudy Giuliani Over His ‘Four Seasons’ Trump Lawsuit Press Conference:
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2 Heavily Armed Men Found Outside Pennsylvania Convention Center Taken Into Custody As Police Investigate Threat Of Attack – Alleged Plot To Attack Philly Voting Center, Vehicle Had QAnon Stickers And AR-15 Rifles.
Bitter Donald Trump a liar and cheat to the end as US election slips from his grasp – The US President falsely claimed he had won the election early on and alleged that Democrats were attempting to ‘steal’ the election – but did not offer proof because there isn’t any.
“It’s just the networks,” a certain barely animate ghoul said in another news conference… except for weeks the pussy-grabber-in-chief the ghoul works for has been insisting that whoever is called the official winner on Election Night was the true winner. And who calls it all election night? The networks! Not one state in the union certifies their final vote until weeks after. That’s how it’s always been, because counting millions of votes and auditing the counts takes time.
But it isn’t just the networks, because yesterday Reports: Secret Service ramping up Joe Biden protection. On the news late last night (I’ve been listening while working on NaNoWriMo), a reporter outside Biden headquarters in Delaware commented that when he and the comeraman arrived earlier in the day, the amount of Secret Service security they had to go through to get to their spot was siginificantly more complicated than it had been the day before.
But let’s move on a bit…
I laughed last night when, in a segment discussing how every other losing president before the current person has graciously conceded and started the process of working with the new candidate’s transition team when the news anchor said, “…but this is undoubtably the most incompetent, corrupt administration in the history of the nation, so even if they were so inclined, are they even capable of managing a transition?”
And proving the point this morning:
Trump lawyers hold presser at landscape company; vow fight is not over in Philly and pledge new lawsuits. Let me lead with this quote, and then explain:
Trump announced his lawyers’ news conference on Twitter just hours earlier — first saying it would take place at Center City’s posh Four Seasons Hotel, only later to delete his tweet and name the correct venue: outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Holmesburg, in Philadelphia’s 65th Ward.
What seems to have happened is that in a rush to get people in front of the cameras to denounce what networks calling Pennsylvania for Biden, someone in the campaign was tasked with booking a conference room or something at the Four Seasons Hotel… but apparently they called the wrong business.
I am informed by my husband that people are posting screen grabs online where you can see the adult bookstore that is next to the landscaping business behind Giuliani’s head.
I mean some of it is just so stupid: they asked Supreme Court Justice Alito to stop the vote counting in Philadelphia (after lower courts had refused to do so), on the grounds that ballots which came in after the normal deadline should be segregated until the lower courts decided what to do about that fact that the governor and state supreme court had worked out a deal to had three days for the mail-in ballots to arrive because between the pandemic and all of the effort’s of tRump’s post master general to hobble the postal service, there was reason to believe ballots that should have arrived on time wouldn’t. The state responded that they had already segregated the ballots and were not counting them, yet. Alito’s ordered them to keep the ballots segregated and continue counting the others.
tRump’s team thought that was a win. But if you understand judge-speak and look at the order, Alito (who is very conservative and prone to be in favor of the administration) essentially said, “Why are you bothering me with this? They’re already doing what they ought.”
And I want to point out: they were asking for the vote counting to stop at a point where Biden was winning. The only way, at that point, for Trump to win, was not if they stopped counting, but rather if they kept counting and by some miracle nearly every single uncounting ballot was for Trump, and virtually none were for Biden.
I recognize that the narcissistic grifter in charge is screaming at people to file lawsuits and do something about it, but there isn’t anything to do. He’s lost.
Of course, he’s mostly trying to stir up his base in some delusional belief that a civil war will break out and that he will win. And so far his gun-nut supporters have been more bluster (with some tragic exceptions) than bite.
Let’s move on…
Earlier in the week I was getting irritated at tRump-supporters who were throwing around the word “statistics” when they clearly didn’t actually understand any of the mathematical subjects they were trying to invoke (Because I majored in math at university and statistics/game theory is almost certainly what I would have studied if I’d gone to grad school). But I’m supposed to be doing NaNoWriMo, not write long blog posts, so I didn’t. Fortunately, Camestros Felapton came to my rescue:
He has some really pretty graphs in the second one…
Anyway, I think I’m going to go out for a celebratory latte… which I hope to get in a Starbucks Christmas cup!
Edited to Add: Reuters: Record-Shattering 95 Million Early Voted By Today.
Edited to Add 2: Since it was asked elseweb, yes, I’ve already voted. We filled out and dropped off our ballots well more than a week ago. I have verified that my ballot was received and my signature verified.