Friday Afternoon Open Thread by John Cole| November 2, 20184:40 pm| 97 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailMood:
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Dorothy A. Winsor
Since this is an open thread, I tweeted out a pre-election story in which a woman bewitches her Etsy account and uses it to humiliate Trump. I had trouble posting the tweets in order, but they’re numbered. If you go to @dorothywinsor, my tweets are listed with the most recent one first. Scroll down and find #1. The story made me laugh to write. I needed that.
Steve is handsome and Lily is adorable. Thanks for the cute break.
Homer’s my calendar boy this month.
Mike in Oly
Oh, that is one gorgeous kitty!
Hi, sweet Lily! Hey Steve, you handsome devil.
I just finished posting the on the dead thread a minute ago, so I’ll say it again here:
I have been sending good thoughts to Leto and Avelune every single day, but now that it’s the 1st of the month, I was able to do more than that.
I wanted to post this as a reminder for anyone who had the same plan but might have slept since then.
There have been 30 donations totaling about 1,800 since Cole posted the GoFundMe 4 days ago. I don’t know how many of that 30 are from Balloon Juice, but many of them obviously are.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has overextended on political donations, but if you can see your way to help, I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated.
BC in Illinois
I just found out today that Randolph County, Illinois (where I lived for 20 years, when BC in Illinois was, you know, in Illinois) has a ballot initiative to declare itself a Sanctuary County:
While I may shake my head at the legal battles ahead, if Randolph County asserts its right to nullify the laws of the State of Illinois, I am at least encouraged by the idea that they are fearful enough of the possibility that the legislature might pass background checks, etc., that they would propose this gesture.
I look forward to the day when the legislature of Missouri might move in a positive direction. As it is now, the “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” people are happy when they block guns-in-preschools, guns-in-bars, guns-in-classrooms, guns-everywhere bills.
There is an undercurrent of restrained hopefulness about the possibility of electing even more “Gun Sense” candidates next week. The Moms Demand people figure that they have become as powerful and present a lobby in the halls of Jefferson City as the NRA. They just opened a new chapter — the 18th in the state — in Rolla. Candidates are happy to have their picture taken with people wearing red “Moms Demand Action” t-shirts. Not a lot of pro-NRA posturing. Things are changing. (Or at least, not getting worse.)
It will take a while before the winds of change reach Randolph County IL.
There’s a dynamic duo!
Lily is so sweet.
Cat, sideways, with Dog, couchant
Sigh, Chalk up another you can’t do while black: Render aid as a medical professional.
You know what really sucks, thunderstorms are forecast for GA on election day Waiting in lines for hours is difficult enough without having to worry about being hit by lightening. fk
@WaterGirl: Comment from downstairs: thanks for the reminder, just chipped in.
Here ya go
They’re resting before they vote up a blue wave on Tuesday.
Lily and Steve, represent.
Steve and Lilypuppeh are living their best life. And now I want a Maine coon.
15 minutes after you posted and they’re now over goal at $6,000+. Because jackals rule.
“Few people actually join the military to travel to distant lands to kill people. Fewer still join to help run concentration camps. Under both US and international law, military personnel have a moral and legal obligation to refuse to comply with any order that involves collaboration with these camps, but unfortunately few are aware of this fact.”
Help. What is the name of the group that endorses judges. I’m looking at the CA ballot for the CA Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Knowing that I will vote the opposite of what they recommend.
@Mnemosyne: That is great. Just so you know, though, there was about 5k in the kitty from Leto’s work people, etc. when Cole posted it on Balloon Juice 4 days ago. The total was at 6,700 something when I posted my comment. Glad to hear it’s going up!
Dorothy A. Winsor
@SFBayAreaGal: Have you looked at Ballot Ready? They go by state and list all candidates. They don’t pick anyone but link every candidate to all the endorsing organization like the ABA.
@germy: Didn’t someone here make an observation similar to this? Cole, maybe?
@SFBayAreaGal: Here in the Buckeye state, I just check the Democratic party’s website and sample ballot.
I know that isn’t in-depth research but I figure the worse Democratic-endorsed judge has to be better than the best Republican-endorsed judge.
@SFBayAreaGal: I just googled all the names. Mostly you can tell by who appointed them, but some results actually identify a party. During that search I turned up somebody recommending “yes” on Prop 6 that also had judicial recommendations, so I voted the opposite. I was pleased to see that my previous searches matched that.
@WaterGirl: I don’t think lot’s of people are going to keep putting up when it’s way over the requested amount.
Homer looks like he is up to no good. Love that face.
I think it’s judgevoterguide dot com. At least, that’s where I went and voted the opposite of.
I resorted to seeing who appointed them and voted no for judges appointed by Wilson or Arnold. Easily retrieved on Wikipedia.
BTW, I just found the XKCD voting map thingie.
Off the front pages but far from forgotten.
Homer looks as if he is up to no good. Love that face.
ETA: Sorry about the double post. The first one didn’t show up at first. FYWP.
@Josie: When he wants to play laser dot he pops up like that.
My daughter and I discussing Trump today and were saying that he doesn’t really care about anyone, even his supporters. Her observation was that he loves them because of how they make him feel. Then I said that if someone said to Trump they’d give him a billion dollars, but the price would be that all his supporters go to the gas chambers, he would agree in a heartbeat. My daughter paused for a couple of seconds and then said “yeah, I agree”.
It says something about where we’re at in my family that there is complete agreement that Trump would not hesitate in carrying out genocide if he could profit from it.
Am I being too pessimistic?
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Link to first tweet in the story here.
ETA: “How to Create a Twitter Thread.”
Reading the tea leaves.
@pk: You’re probably being too optimistic. He’d send them to the gas chambers for less than that.
Supreme Court refuses to delay case alleging an improper political motive in decision to add citizenship question to census
Of course they did.
Erdogan has now stated directly the Saudi government was responsible and earlier today someone in the Turkish government floated the theory he was dissolved in acid.
“Breaking Bad” lives.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Steeplejack: I know but I had them scheduled on tweet deck and you can’t thread from there. Next time I’ll choose a different scheduling software.
@NotMax: And now the gruesome speculation from Turkey is that as a final insult to deny him any hope of a Muslim burial, they used corrosives to render his dismembered body….uncollectable.
Wouldn’t bother mentioning it except it stands as a demonstration of how Dolt 45 fills his days (and it ain’t attending to things presidential).
Steve & Lily look dinner-expectant.
@NotMax: I Trump wants to waste a day trying to rile his base over Alec Baldwin, I won’t complain.
And if Baldwin is in the clink will give McKinnon a chance to give a shot at a Trump impersonation.
Might be a win win.
Moving away from politics (longish read alert), those going to see the Queen movie might like a pre-viewing refresher. For others, a primer on the artistic license taken.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Queen That ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Gets Completely Wrong
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Greatly enjoyed your story. Well done and now I have a couple of new people for my Balloon-Juice list with you and opiejeanne :-)
@RAVEN: Maybe you’re right about that, but I hope you are not.
With Leto not being able to work and Avelune taking a leave of absence to be with Leto in the hospital, it seems to me that 5,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to what they will need.
My wife and I absentee voted straight Dem this afternoon in STL CO MO. Only had a 45 minute wait in line – looked worse pulling up. In MN on Tuesday so glad to get it over with. Wish I could be voting for a Carnahan instead of a McCaskill, but you gotta go with the cards dealt to you. The snotty brat Hawley running against McCaskill has constant ads about how he will protect preexisting conditions, and how it is time to fix this mess once and for all; while at the same time he is one of the state R – AG’s in court trying to gut preexisting as unconstitutional. Fucking Fucktard will probably win…
I knew he would do that!
A note on the link under your nym: The “with_replies” suffix prevents anyone who isn’t a Twitter subscriber (member?) from getting to your feed, since that is available only to sub/mems. A link to “https://twitter.com/NetheadJay” lets everybody see your tweets.
Ella in New Mexico
I’m happy to report all four of my adult kids (ages 21-33) proudly voted. They don’t even need me to remind them to send me the “I Voted” sticker as proof anymore, they just do it.
All voted straight Democratic ticket for state and Federal offices, and got their SO’s and majority of their friends to do the same– because they realize that the only way to save their healthcare and public service student loan forgiveness and get children out of tent cities at the border and eventually get rid of the Crazy Orange Menace is to put a check in place in Congress.
I continue to believe that the only chance our country has in coming back around rests in the hands of the millennials, and that they WILL do it. The majority are good, kind, hard-working kids who grew up politically with guy like Barack Obama as their President and example as a leader, and it matters. They liked liking their President.
I know, I know there are the Tomi Lahrens and Jacob Wohls and their bitter young cohorts out there, but from where I sit, they’re a HUGE minority.
Stressful day over. Weird plumbing problem resolved successfully, and Jeeves the 14 yo cat passed his old fart checkup with flying colors. The vet said he’s years younger than his actual age.
Folks did all this complaining bout PBO not helping Dems in the trail. But he’s out doing the best damn campaigning he can for the candidates who ask for him in the stump.
Right…and no matter who he stumps for, he knows his words are being reported all over the country…so he makes a point of talking about voting not just or the candidate he’s stumping for.
Next up… Atlanta.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Nethead Jay: I’m glad you enjoyed it. I followed your list.
Who was complaining? People at Balloon Juice? I must have missed that.
Within an hour of first reports. As opposed to, say, the time elapsed after the mail bombs were reported.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Catherine D.: I trust the plumbing problem was with your house and not the cat or you.
@Ella in New Mexico: you must be brimming with pride. I would in your shoes. Congrats and hats off to you.
So Michael Cohen says the same thing that Omarosa basically said bout Chump’s racism…
@pk: Not at all. Although I haven’t heard it, a friend said trump was talking about democrats wanting to liquidate people at the border. He then corrected it, but who uses that word. I assume those who want to liquidate.
He supports dictators who kill.
PBO all up in his head! Boy they betta keep that phone away from him tonight!
Unfortunately the people I had lunch with informed me that CT is going to have a Trumpanzee governor. I haven’t been able to peek through my fingers at the polls. Lamont is such a lame candidate.
FYI (WaPo link).
I did not know that there was an Elizabeth Warren running for office as a Democrat down San Diego way. I couldn’t tell if it was a state legislature seat or a Congressional seat from my phone.
So Cohen is “doing the right thing” since hes got nothing left to lose. Fuck him!
Where is Omarosa? She disappeared right quick.
(Asking in a “just curious” way, not in a “want her back” way.)
Dorothy A. Winsor
@lamh36: “He had nothing else to do.” The man has no idea of what he’s supposed to be doing as president and wouldn’t know how to go about it if he did.
@lamh36: I’m so jealous.. don’t shriek, vote..
@Mart: Thanks for getting out to vote. Were you at the main site or a satellite location? Also, a 45 minute wait sounds positive. A lot more D than R votes in StL County.
And Keep in mind that the arguments in that trial wrapped up weeks ago. The conservative judge hearing the case has been sitting on his decision. My guess is because he’s planning to rule against the ACA & doesn’t want to give voters tangible proof that R candidates are lying their @sses off. Including Hawley.
As for McCaskill vs the Carnahans, I’d obviously take Mel over just about anyone—if he were alive. But I can’t say I was overly impressed with Russ (he was my congresscritter for his short tenure) and Robin, while I guess was competent as SoS did not do anything to indicate she wouldn’t pretty much have been a twin to McCaskill on most issues.
Fitting suit without alterations.
@lamh36: Don’t remember anyone here complaining. I wish our other super duper campaign weapon was out—Michelle—but it’s not for me to tell folks in private life how they should spend their time.
On a different note, apparently no D candidates want to be seen with Bill anymore. Not that I blame them.
@Ella in New Mexico: Yay!
Why is Larry O having Michael Moore on tonight?
@zhena gogolia: All of the polls have Lamont winning or tied. Most of the pundits and people like Nate Silver have him as likely to win.
To help the GOP with their claim that all Democrats are Progressives and all Progressives are lunatics.
@Marcopolo: I was thinking of old man Carnahan not the spawn. Seems to me you will never get an R to vote for you because of a couple stupid votes. Will always be better off energizing your base by voting on your convictions. We voted at the Chesterfield satellite, so pretty sure we were well outnumbered. At least no MAGA hats present. I said I drove by at lunch and the line looked worse, man said they had been running an hour or better all day. But we are West County, we are white, and we have privilege dambit.
A Ghost To Most
@Luciamia: Americans do the right thing after exhausting all the alternatives
@debbie: There are so many fresh and interesting people out there.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Ha! Yes, I needed to get the house line snaked. There was a clog and a weird vacuum making things go backward.
Oh, thank you! I was hoping those people at lunch were the usual self-defeating Democrats.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Baud: Hayes had to give his purity slot to Wilmer?
If you don’t have a book coming out you don’t get booked and if you don’t get booked you stop mattering.
Not that I’m complaining. She’s well beyond minute fifteen.
@JoeyJoeJoe: Race has closed a lot in the last week. A lot. I was a little shocked to see the reporting. Now whether that reporting/polling is accurate…shrugs shoulders. The claim was Lamont has gone hard negative & as a result indies have broken hard against him.
Anyways, I live a long way away from CT so can’t say I have any insight into the race. Though I did give to Jahana Hayes, who I expect to become the first AA woman US House Rep from the state.
Absolutely, but interesting isn’t good for ratings. //
The people at lunch were saying that Lamont was being hurt by the libertarian candidate.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Love your story! Who knew Etsy harbored such shenanigans?
Dorothy A. Winsor
@debbie: I laughed while I wrote it and ran around reading bits to people, so I’m glad you enjoyed it.
@Steeplejack: Damn, don’t know how that made it in there. Can’t redact on the old comment but it should be corrected on new ones now. Thanks for the notice.
@jl: I’ve thought for a long time that Baldwin is so good at playing that kind of asshole because fundamentally he is that kind of asshole, and he knows it.
I didn’t really notice fall last year – probably because I was working two jobs and one of those was in retail.
@WaterGirl: Thanks so much for continuing to think of us. The goal on there was arbitrary – something his work set up. I really have no idea how much we’re going to need. He’s out of work for months at minimum, may even be medically retired. I’m out for at least one pay check – I’ll probably have to go back to work after that. We’ll need a retainer for the lawyer. Bills will start coming in while we’re waiting to get everything settled. It’s really hard to say how all this will play out on that end of things.
They found another fracture – this one in his shoulder. Thankfully, his left knee, does not have the fracture I feared it might after it continued to be swollen for days. They are moving him to his acute PT digs this evening. 3 hours of physical therapy. He’s game but I know today was a rough one and his shoulder is hindering him and slowing him down a bit.
Not sure that looks comfortable. But then I’m not a dog.
Just got the confirmation that my ballot has been counted.
I hate being as paranoid as I am. Especially in a state like Colorado where we have all of the best safe guards for voting….but.
@Avalune: Dropped some coin, even if just a little.
Trust that we are more resilient than we think.
J R in WV
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Great job, Dorothy!!! Really funny, esp when daughter opens the back door on the sky-clad witches. Don’t know which of Trump’s troubles was funniest.