A Photo a Week Challenge: Celebration, COVID-Style

From Nancy Merrill, host of the Photo a Week Challenge:

Last year, when Covid-19 first struck the United States, my friend’s daughter got married. It wasn’t the wedding she had started planning when she got engaged in November, but it was a beautiful celebration of love and joy. I was one of twenty-five people who were able to attend the sweet backyard ceremony. It was fun to not only take photos but to help with the decorations and food and just overall doing what we could to make the bride and groom happy.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF HOW YOU HAVE CELEBRATED DURING THE PANDEMIC.

Along with the rest of America, self watched the inauguration of #46, Joseph R. Biden, on live TV.

The marchers (except for one) are wearing masks! Funny, she never stopped to think about that until she started looking at pictures for this week’s Photo a Week Challenge.

Also a first: that she watched the events unfold on Fox News!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thoughts Thus Far on A PROMISED LAND

Self is on p. 88.

  • 44 is a very, very good writer. But dear blog readers knew that already.
  • The parts with Michelle are some of the best parts of A Promised Land. She is 44’s biggest ace in the hole.
  • Self loves that 44 is always questioning his motives. When the idea of running for President starts being broached, he is honest about his fears. But, in the end, he writes, “I had to know how this thing played out.” (p. 78)
  • After he announces his candidacy, he describes campaigning this way: “sleeping in a Hampton Inn or a Holiday Inn or an Americ Inn or a Super 8. I’d wake up after five or six hours . . . It was a life of not glamour but monotony, and the prospect of eighteen continuous months of it quickly wore down my spirit.”
  • But there’s also his singular dedication: “I was learning a lot and quickly. I spent hours dutifully poring over the fat briefing books prepared by my staff, inhaling the latest studies on the value of early childhood education, new developments in battery technology that would make clean energy more accessible, and China’s manipulation of its currency to boost its exports.” Contrast that with 45! Self heard that when Biden’s transition team was finally given access to the daily briefings, they were surprised at the extent to which the daily briefings seemed to have been tailored to 45’s inclinations, because they’d been whittled down to about two pages.
  • RE Bill and Hillary: He “admired” Bill, but was “more sympathetic” to Hillary because he saw in her what his “mother and grandmother had gone through . . . “

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

So Long, Won’t Be Missing You

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His tweets and retweets, which came “at a favored rate of more than a hundred a day,” provided “talking points right-wing media outlets,” and were “absorbed as doctrine by millions of faithful constituents.” (The New Yorker, The Talk of the Town, 25 May 2020)

A sample of adjectives used by 45 in his tweets: “pathetic,” “dopey,” “a total nut job,” and “low-class slob.”

He declared “They will have to drag me out of the White House!”

Well, you’re gone, gone, goooooooone.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

The Economist, 16 January 2021

Only one in six voters now supports the storming of the Capitol, but many of them still think the election was stolen, partly because, shamefully, Republicans have not dared to tell them the extent of Mr. Trump’s lies. Now is the time to start.

Mr. Trump will never forgive those whom, like Mitch McConnell, the Senate Leader, he judges to have failed him by acknowledging Mr. Biden’s election victory. Having begun to move against him, they should finish the job.

2020: The Sea Inside

No commentary, just pictures that moved self as she looks back on the year ending. Most of the pictures are ones self took, except for: the still from Tenet; the still from The Expanse; the still from Black Panther; the ballet dancers in front of a Confederate monument (which she thinks is from AP)

Associated Press: Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Election Lawsuit

Monday, Dec. 14, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4 – 3 to reject President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his election loss in the battleground state, an hour before the Electoral College cast Wisconsin’s 10 votes for Joe Biden.

In the ruling, the court’s three liberal justices were joined by conservative swing Justice Brian Hagedorn who said three of Trump’s four claims were filed too late and the other was without merit. The ruling ends Trump’s legal challenges in state court.

The President sought to have more than 221,000 ballots disqualified in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the state’s two most heavily Democratic counties. Those were the only counties where Trump sought a recount.

Justice Brian Hagedorn said Trump “should not have waited until his election loss was announced to raise his complaints.”

Justice Brian Hagedorn: Our laws allow the challenge flag to be thrown regarding various aspects of election administration . . . The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began.

Article reported by Scott Bauer, Associated Press, two hours ago (Monday, Dec. 14)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Post-Election Analysis: wsj (Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 21-22, 2020)

Self is fascinated by Joe Biden and how he pulled out the biggest GOTCHA moment of his political career. So of course she loves reading post-election analysis.

  • “Hilary Clinton was supposed to be the safer choice.” After 2016, “Democrats were fed up with moderation.” Democrats wanted “an uncompromising leftist who would take the fight to Donald Trump . . . the vast field of Democratic contenders endorsed single-payer health care and vowed to decriminalize the crossing of the southern border by undocumented immigrants.” — Yascha Mounk:

Self endorsed Elizabeth Warren and stumped for her in the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2020.

Her closest rival at the time: Bernie Sanders.

Great was self’s amazement when Joe Biden (who didn’t even have a table at the San Mateo Farmers Market, lol) won the California primary. Without hardly even campaigning in the state. At the time, self told friends: OBAMA FOR THE WIN.

But then Biden just kept rolling on and on, taking state after state. So self started thinking that Joe had a really ace campaign staff. In response to anything Clown had to throw at him, they just stuck to the game without getting distracted.

“Most pundits” wrote “the septuagenarian off as a walking anachronism, a throwback politican too old to see the way the wind was blowing. But it turned out that Mr. Biden understood the Democratic electorate much better than his rivals.

Yascha Mounk, wsj Saturday/Sunday, November 21-22, 2020

On the Republican side, Donald Trump found an opening: the wooing of “older, non-college-educated voters living in less-diverse small towns.” (How he found them is, to self, a big mystery. The biggest. Because he never went to less-diverse small towns unless it had potential for a Trump resort. Oh wait, it’s not a mystery: he found them on Twitter)

Capitalizing on that demographic, he ran “to the right on immigration to win the GOP nomination and then, in the general election,” he rejected “conservative orthodoxy on Social Security, Medicare and free trade.” So he zigged and he zagged with the adroitness of a slippery con artist.

He was very good, it turned out, on thinking up campaign slogans (not so good on the follow-through). Who cares? He was President.

Can you believe half the American electorate in 2016 voted FOR TRUMP as the “lesser of two evils”?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Hate-Mongering: Thanks for Everything, Mitch! Thanks, Lindsey!

. . . the white backlash to Mr. Obama, which Donald Trump rode to the White House, was not inevitable. It was engineered, a product of unprecedented obstruction from the Republican establishment in combination with relentless slander of the president . . .

The Economist, 21 November 2020 (Lexington: Audacious and Obstructed, p. 28)

Sentence of the Day: Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

25 November 2020

  • Putin warns that the U.S. is on the verge of being controlled by Americans.

That is all.

Sea of Images 2020

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