The #PostalService delivered 1.2 billion prescriptions in 2019! Because of the USPS, 70-year-old Army veteran Jack Bainbridge doesn't have to make a 90-mile round trip to the VA Medical Center to get his prescriptions. He simply walks to his mailbox. https://t.co/tXbqlCZZAt pic.twitter.com/gyHUswOj78
— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) August 10, 2020
Of course, I’m lucky enough to have two fantastic senators!
There is nothing normal about a Trump campaign megadonor with at least $30 million invested in @USPS competitors being appointed as Postmaster General to sabotage our mail delivery & threaten our elections. The @OIGUSPS must investigate this corruption now.https://t.co/iQEx4Nym5W
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 10, 2020
Every single eligible American should have the opportunity to vote-by-mail this November. If it's good enough for Donald Trump — then it's good enough for you and me.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 9, 2020
We need to put one of these on every corner, right next to the taco truck: pic.twitter.com/Z7gG3S3s4d
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) August 10, 2020
Meanwhile, my other senator, on the concurrent crisis:
Give every person in our country $2000/month for the duration of the pandemic, $2000/month for 3 months after that, and $2000/month retroactive to March.
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) August 10, 2020
Maybe if the government gave people $2,000 a month until the pandemic eases it would incentivize the GOP to actually go to work controlling the pandemic.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 11, 2020
Schumer says Democrats ready for coronavirus aid talks, if Republicans move https://t.co/W1OYV2C7Rp pic.twitter.com/fZtabVee8K
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 11, 2020
The Senate had planned to not be in session, starting yesterday (August 10). Did they adjourn? If not, I take that as meaning they realize they have to do something other than going home
to confront the angry pitchfork-wielding mobsmeet their constituents.
Whether that something will be useful, or even sane, is as always a coin-flip.
For years I get an insurance payout check on the 29th of the month like clockwork. It’s 12 days late. Thanks Donald.
Ol’ Abe said, “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground.” and he was right about that. Unfortunately, desecrating it is still within the grasp of some people.
Gin & Tonic
Meanwhile, in Belarus, the apparent President-for-Life, Aleksandr Lukashenka, having stolen Sunday’s election while largely shutting down Internet access in the country, has “negotiated” the opposition candidate’s flight from the country to Lithuania. Svitlana Tykhanovskaya, said candidate, recorded this inspiring video before leaving, calling on her compatriots to maintain peace and order. You don’t have to understand Belarusian to get the flavor of the video, accurately characterized by the Tweeter.
The OIGUSPS Twitter account shows the Inspector General’s paying zero attention to this, despite the comments requesting that they do.
Good Morning, How Everyone ???
Are you able to go to work today?
@Gin & Tonic:
This is a surprise. She was interviewed yesterday on NPR and showed no signs of thinking about leaving.
Gross, failed state-levels of corruption:
@Gin & Tonic:
People have got to stop cooperating in their own doom.
I just finished reading an article about Georgia teachers having to teach in unsafe conditions and one principal joking about it being “God’s cleansing plan.” Cramming children into small classrooms with no masks or distancing.
Stop enabling. Stop cooperating. I did risk my job pushing my bosses to take this seriously, and now COVID means that job won’t come back. But the life I saved might have been me and mine.
I understand the teachers not wanting to quit their jobs but complete societal collapse is worse. It really is.
I backed Warren in the primary because she’s the only one who gets that all of this is corruption. It’s all the flavors of corruption, but it’s all the same at the base.
Root and branch. Dig it out or it will strangle everything.
Postal workers in distribution centers say the Trump hires are moving equipment out of processing centers. I would think Propublica or another journalism outfit could stake it out and show us that. These are not small things they’re moving. You would need semis.
@Ken: According to the official website, the Senate is in session this week. So — assuming Mnuchin can lock Meadows in a toilet somewhere, and actually negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer — they should, theoretically, be available at short notice to approve some version of the HEROES Act.
Since they’re only in DC to avoid unpleasant meeting with their supposed constituents… I mean, be available to vote on a negotiated package… presumably at least a portion of the GOP bench would prefer to git ‘er done and get the heck outa Foggy Bottom.
Jack Bainbridge isn’t the only vet who gets his meds by mail. And has a 90 mile round trip to the clinic. OK 88 miles. I can take a bus, a train, train transfer, train transfer, bus ride and then reverse but do I really want to take that 1 1/2 hr ride, wait for 45 min to an hr to get prescriptions filled and the journey back, or drive for 45 min to 2 hr, wait, drive for 45 min to 2 hr? I think that the mail is a better option. I do however now have to order even earlier and still risk running out. Fun times.
BTW, damn it, I also can’t sleep.
Sounds like they are racing the clock to dismantle the postal system before the election.
I’ve been playing Doom Eternal lately on my PC as a cathartic release in what little “me time” I have these days with a newborn, puppy, and still working 11hr a day. The phrase, “Rip and tear until it is done” certainly has an appeal right now, and not just when killing demons
@CCL: And yeah, they really do seem to be going for broke on the USPS dismantling. They’re not even trying to hide it anymore, despite the fact that older conservatives used to love the phrase “defend the shores and deliver the mail” when explaining the only functions they consider legitimate. They’re not saying that much these days.
When I worked in small, rural post offices we had low enough volume where we could pull out the stuff people needed and asked for, knowing they would be aware when it usually arrived and either call or come in to pick it up rather than wait for delivery. At that time Social Security came in paper checks and the envelopes were a different color and had a bar along the top so we’d pull those out. The VA prescription drugs came in a sack from Detroit on the same days every month so we’d pull those out too and give them a kind of expedited delivery. The low income elderly waiting for the Social Security checks used to make me sad because they didn’t come up and ask. They’d just wait and if I had them I’d tell them and if I didn’t I’d tell them and they’d leave and try again the next day. We all knew the stuff was vital to them and they were anxious about getting it.
I think Markey’s been pretty good, but “fantastic” might be a stretch. Not sure why the latest Kennedy scion feels the need to primary him. [But I have a good idea. By the way, how does one spell “primogeniture”?]
That said, the Schooley tweet is pretty good. Too bad the irony/joke would be lost on most/all of the senators from the Party of Traitors.
Someone is printing out absentee ballot applications and leaving them in the free little libraries around here. Of course, someone’s complaining that postage isn’t also being provided. ??♀️
I can’t help wondering if that is legal.
@PenAndKey: Yes, just saw a tweet from Steve Inskeep (sp) reporting that a spokesperson for the postal union in Iowa said they are dismantling the sorting machines.
Sorry, don’t know how to embed tweets. Also, fat fingers on a phone.
Funny how the major plot line is basically Heaven and Hell colluding to savage Earth. “You are called upon to sacrifice for our prosperity”: sounds a lot like Trump, Mnuchin, and the 21st century GOP to me. Somebody pass the chainsaw?
I’m pleased it’s getting so much media attention. We noticed that mail was delayed in our office but we put it off on Covid, initially. Then everyone who came in started saying it. It’s (obviously) a huge problem for the court system because the whole “notice” process relies on timely delivery of mail.
They’re getting noticed to appear a day prior to when they have to be there.
I think it’s completely in keeping with the coddled cluelessness of the Trump Family and the people the Trump Family hire that none of them considered that people use and rely on mail. They’re stupid, soft pampered babies who have never functioned in the actual world. They disgust me.
@OzarkHillbilly: I don’t see why printing the application wouldn’t be legal. In my state it’s just a PDF you download. An absentee ballot might be an issue, the state likes to know who has those.
@WereBear: I don’t understand why parents are allowing their children to be used this way. My children wouldn’t be sitting in a crammed classroom with no masks. Period.
Well look at Mary Trump, coming in with a little inside baseball LOL like that! =)
@Ken: OK, I was just thinking along the lines of “most things voting related are pretty tightly regulated”. I’m sure the GOP will now get on the ball and fix this oversight quickly to ensure it is no longer legal.
My grandmother was a postmaster in rural CA, in the wayback machine. She was born 130 yrs ago, this was before WWII. She would be pissed off at shitforbrains. Massively pissed off. So about normal for a lot of us. He and his shit friends really are trying to destroy everything about the United States. People less against the US have been executed for treason. I’d say there is no way they don’t have some concept that they are actually trying to destroy the country but they are republicans so what they know is always suspect.
@Patricia Kayden: Some parents are stupid, some are ignorant and some just plain and some simply don’t have much choice.
Gin & Tonic
Joe Biden issues a statement about the election in Belarus.
Should I hold my breath waiting for a US government statement?
@Ken: my absentee ballot has a bar code on it that is specific to me. Every mailing I get from the county board of elections has that same bar code. I don’t see how anyone could just come up with an official absentee ballot in St Louis county. I suppose someone could try photocopying an absentee ballot, but once one of them was put through a scanner, all others would be rejected.
I had a wonderful postmaster. She was a great manager. I model everything I do in my business now with how she did it. Ruth. I just loved her. I was pregnant and working and she quietly installed an air quality monitor in the sorting room because she was worried about my baby. Just SUCH a conscientious person. She should have been running a giant company :)
She’s retired but I see her every once in a while. She bought a storage unit business so now she runs that. She’s gotta be close to 80.
I think they know what the mail is and means to most people. It’s actually worse because what I see is that they think it’s OK to destroy millions of lives for them to possibly retain power. This kind of shit is what happens in dictatorships, the kind of shit that is written about third world shitholes with petty small minded fucksticks in power. This is who and what the remaining republicans are. No better than a shithole dictator. Like say, the lovely Belarus “president,” elected with what 20% of the people voting for him.
@Lapassionara: The vote-by-mail applications that Illinois sent out are also preprinted with your name and address and a barcode, and I expect the ballot will be the same.
I’m not entirely thrilled with the vote-by-mail application, it’s a return postcard so my signature, phone number, and date of birth will be visible in-transit.
@Gin & Tonic:
I’d say no, because of course you will die of oxygen deprivation long before any thing other than pure unadulterated bullshit comes out of this white house.
@Kay: Sounds like my postmaster.
Yes. Perhaps folks should thinking about guarding postal processing/offices – similar to the rush to airports right after T’s first immigrant ban.
Dorothy A. Winsor
OT: I blogged about how book covers are designed. Yesterday, FelonyGovernment told me she tried to comment and got a “page not found” message. I think I fixed that, but if someone finds the same thing, I’d appreciate your letting me know.
Also I woke up to a short story rejection. I hate being rejected. You’d think the editors would take that into account. I mean, what about MY needs???
@Ken: Ewww. That does not sound good. Could you return it in an envelope?
@rikyrah: Good morning.
@Kay: What a terrific mentor! Glad you still get to see her.
I run a small business (just me — really small!), and I model many of my work habits after those of a former boss who mentored me when I was a know-nothing fresh out of college. I learned so much from her without even realizing it!
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Looking forward to it.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Baud: What do you make of Biden appearing Thursday with Duckworth and Harris?
Absentee (and vote-by-mail) ballot applications are different from the ballot itself. Similarly, voter-registration applications are not the same as a registered voter. They are steps to achieving it.
Providing stamps to mail these forms is considered, in our state and perhaps in others, as equivalent to “offering a gift in exchange for a vote” (per the state website), and is prohibited.
One of the reasons our entire state eventually made the transition to postage-paid ballots was to remove “I don’t have a postage stamp” (which disproportionately affected low-income people and young people) as an obstacle to voting.
ETA: It’s also one of the reasons that online voter registration was made available. No stamps!
O. Felix Culpa
@Kay: It is happening. One of our Congresswomen, Deb Haaland, has called out the USPS to explain why they moved two sorting machines out of the Albuquerque processing center. We had problems with delayed ballot deliveries in the primary; it’s going to be MUCH worse in the fall.
We (the local Democratic Party) have been gearing up to encourage absentee voting by mail. I wonder if we should shift to early in-person voting instead. There are rarely lines, so it would be quick in and out.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Two vice presidents.
She really was great. I would hand her a “piece” (an envelope) with a missing/bad address and she would do this “THAT word looks like “Parker” and Mary Smith WAS a Parker so get it to her and she’ll sort it out”.
Ruth The Sleuth. She will GET you that fucking birthday card, because it’s first class. She must be appalled.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Two VPs! ?
It’s going to be a good week.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Baud: Aimed at Utah voters?
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Haha. That’s cold.
@Baud: Consolation prize?
My feed says that this this is the propaganda that right wing media is peddling.
It’s going to be a while Miss America and style announcement. Very appalling.
TS (the original)
Exactly my thoughts – if trump can change the rules, so can Biden.
@Kay: Yeah…that’s the role I play at our little PO – I’m the only one left who knows all the relationships/former tenants/etc. to sort out the misaddressed mail. We lost a LOT of institutional memory right after the layoffs/retirements from the Bush Crash, and now people like me have quit due to age/giant workload fatigue, and are disappearing fast. Soon there won’t be anyone but young whippersnappers who know nothing lol
@Dorothy A. Winsor: I know what to make of it.
ETA: I could make a hat, or a brooch, or a bird, or…
@OzarkHillbilly: Whitmer will be VP?
ETA responding to, “I know what to make of it.”
Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue
With the mess we’re in as a country, an incoming administration might need two VPs. (They can flip a coin if one has to take over.)
I hope whomever Biden picks is really good at messaging — framing problems and outlining solutions in the context of a larger vision. Party leaders like Pelosi and Schumer aren’t great at it, and neither is Biden.
Or maybe that’s not important anyway, if the election is a referendum on Trump. Seems to me we need to also articulate a vision of what we’ll do besides ousting Trump given the accelerating collapse of America domestically and abroad. But I’m terrible at guessing what’s important to other voters.
@Immanentize: I’m a little slow this AM. Took me a couple beats to come up with the proper response. I blame spending all day yesterday with my granddaughters… With no adult supervision.
@SFAW: I don’t have a drinking problem. I drink, I get drunk, I fall down. No problem.
I sometimes get mail addressed to people down the street who have the same last name as one of my sons middle name. I completely get that- the connections the carrier is making. I know they’re trained to drop their eyes and not use names and instead use addresses, but it’s very human to have the name override the address.
Every single one of the Trump hires suck at their jobs. You don’t even have to do a “malice” analysis. They’re all incompetents who failed at everything and continued to get promoted. Even if they weren’t venal crooks they couldn’t run anything.
LOW quality hires. The Trump Family sure can pick ’em. Nothing WORKS in this administration. It’s all poor quality- junk and garbage.
He paid the Trump Family for the patronage position. Every single person under him who competed for a civil service position encountered more competition than he did.
Another dumbass crook the Trump’s foisted on us.
How long did it take him to destroy the postal service? Three months? An overachiever!
@Baud: What, the Trump executive order / memoranda didn’t solve all the nation’s problems?
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@Baud: Oh dear, does that mean to pass the bill almost all the Republicans will have to vote yes? LOL
@Betty Cracker: I hope that he announces his choice soon.
@Kay: I no longer believe it’s a matter of them just sucking at their jobs. No, you don’t get this sort of consistency in hiring leaders with a well known motive for destroying the department they now lead without it being intentional. Trump may just suck at hiring, but I’d bet good money he’s getting a list of candidates from someone who has gamed out exactly how much damage each candidate will cause.
This. This. This.
Encouraging voting against someone is not enough without providing also clear reasons to vote for an other someone.
Totally. The only person who could possibly not fall under that umbrella is Ben Carson. Carson’s possibly just massively unqualified to be the HUD secretary, and not actively trying to destroy it. Possibly.
@PenAndKey: I’m betting that person’s name rhymes with “Beve Stannon”
Just One More Canuck
@Kay: I read the Bloomberg story – the criticism that Janet Herold is getting is that she uses the tools necessary to prove her case? Am I getting that right?
@NotMax: I dunno. Seems to work for Republicans.
Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes
So this is a suburban HOA president in a GOP voting corner of Louisville. Homes in Lake Forest are frequently priced in excess of 500K, and some are in the 6 figures.
He’s harassing a woman for publicly demonstrating support for a black family in the neighborhood that suffered months of racist abuse from an across-the-street neighbor (the HOA kept saying there was nothing they could do). Eventually, the black family got enough video for the police to act.
Anyway, on this video, good ol’ Catholic K of C guy Duncan Murley asks this ally if she’s one of those people who is ashamed to be white.
James E Powell
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Twitter tells me that some people are upset that right-wing Republican John Kasich has been invited to speak at the convention. I get why he was invited, but is he the only one from Ohio?
And what is the convention going to be? A massive zoom meeting?
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@PenAndKey: My impression is anyone on the Right who is competent won’t even apply for a job at the Trump admin so the only candidates Trump gets are wack jobs to begin with. Not to mention Trump keeps on firing his own people so his staff iso even if one of the wack jobs gets a reality check, they are out of there before they can process the lesson.
1) We’re not trying to reach dyed in the wool Republicans. Peeling away hangers-on who need concrete reasons to let go, yes.
2) Even the Rs pay lip service to reasons to vote for, albeit in nebulous, abstract terminology (“bring back jobs,” “lower taxes”).
@Kay: If we carriers did that, the customers up here in rural Ky land would go nuts….they’d be calling the office everyday complaining about “GETTING SOMEONE ELSES MAIL $%^”, even though it’s THE CORRECT ADDRESS lol. They’ll even return “current occupant” mail saying it’s been delivered by mistake. I have a T-shirt that I used to wear saying, “YOU are the current occupant! ” I don’t remember any of them laughing…
@Kay: Evidently Trumpy hires are dismantling and moving sorting equipment out of distribution centers all over the country – they are purposefully sabotaging the PO ….. and no one is stopping them….Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM) has called out the USPS to explain why they moved two sorting machines out of the Albuquerque processing center.
Outsiders don’t understand…the sorting machines sit mostly idle till about 6pm, whereupon the night shift starts them up and they run till way into the next morning. Mail is sorted at night in processing centers, then sent out to the branch offices the next AM for delivery. If you went into one of these huge centers in the middle of the afternoon, no one would be there except maintenance. PLUS in the old days BA (before amazon lol) there would be a couple three machines sitting idle, waiting for the crazy season, which runs from Sept. through Jan. If you take these down and carry them off, there is no backup for machine breakdowns or the Xmas season….it’s easy to sabotage the PO when you know how it works….
Wasn’t Carson the one who was originally offered a different cabinet position more in line with his background – possibly HHS – but declined because he knew he didn’t have the qualifications to run it? Then they offered him HUD and he basically said “Sure, how hard can that be?”
It was kind of a Dunning-Kruger edge case.
What are the chances on election day that Trump and Bill Barr actually try to block counting of mail-in-votes because of allegations of potential unreliability of the postal system and fraud? And accompanies that with:
@Kay: all of that Kay. Depraved Indifference. I made some ebay money, long time ago. You live and die by delivery dates! Anybody who somehow has managed to hold on by their fingernails is now likely to see more knocks against them, for tardy deliveries, or shipping costs, or both. There is absolutely no reason to throttle the postal system during a catastrophic pandemic, economic downturn rivaling the Great Depression, with less than three months to a Presidential election.
I am screaming silently in my heart.
Plus it makes zero sense to cut back or cancel overtime when a reported 40,000 postal service workers have been in quarantine (at one time or another, not all simultaneously).
@Baud: Ha! Didn’t old Dick Cheney claim that the Constitushun (sic) secretly made the Vice Presidency the most powerful institution in the government because it was given no actual powers (so, of course, you just assume ALL of the powers, right?)? What will he make of 2 VP’s!!
J R in WV
Lessee, now…. Maybe, I dunno, GET AN ENVELOPE and a stamp? Spend $0.85 all told for a more secure feeling?
More seriously, who besides USPS staff and voting center staff will see that postcard once you drop it into a mailbox>??? Really?
J R in WV
Worse, yet, there’s a little female fascist who married White House Chief Nazi, Stephen Miller~!!~
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Saving the best for last….
No one ahead on that list is going to be VP so I’m guessing one of those two.
Tammy is a fighter, in the best way, and I think should go far in politics. Two years high up in the VA, she’s smart and well spoken and has given more to her country than most ever do and would likely be a great VP.
Kamala Harris has political chops, I think is more experienced at running a large government organization, has taken more positive steps for the people affected by her job than any other AG in CA and probably any state, I think she’d make an excellent VP and president if Joe only serves one term.
I like either one, I’d vote gladly, whole heartedly, enthusiastically for either one to serve with Joe.
You need adult supervision to be with them? That doesn’t sound right…..
You didn’t mean you needed adult supervision did you…….