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.

1st Full Week Under 46

How’s it been going?

Excellent!

Joe signed ever so many Executive Orders. The White House dogs have their own official Twitter account. Jill Biden posed with her dogs in a gorgeous white dress with pinafore sleeves. Janet Yellen was confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury. A guy named A. Blinken is US Secretary of State. 45 GOP Senators are cowards. Despite last night’s storm, self’s garbage cans were all present and accounted for. And she is still finding her current read, High as the Waters Rise, by first-time novelist Anja Kampmann, engrossing.

The MC’s finally managed to get off that blasted oil rig in the middle of the Atlantic, but he’s suffering from full-on melancholy because he had an unorthodox relationship — friends with benefits? — with a co-worker who got swept off the rig in a storm.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sea of Images 2020

wsj, Monday 9 November 2020

RE: Criminal Justice

Self ardently wishes for appointment of a good Attorney General; Bill Barr was simply awful.

RE: Refugees and Asylum

President-elect Biden has committed to taking in 125,000 refugees a year and changing the asylum process. He would reverse the Trump Administration’s determinations that domestic violence and gang persecution aren’t valid reasons for seeking asylum in the US.

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Trump attorneys challenged Nevada’s Six Electoral Votes, claiming 3,062 ballots were by people claiming to live in Nevada who had actually moved to another state. According to the wsj, “a few hundred of the 3,062 appear to be connected with the military … ” Biden led Trump in Nevada by “roughly 31,000 votes.”

The Economist: 7 – 13 November 2020

LEADERS

Only once in the past 40 years has a president been denied a second term. Mr. Trump will lose the popular vote by, we reckon, 52% to 47% — only the electoral college’s bias towards rural voters saved him from a crushing defeat. This is a repudiation of sorts.

A Biden White House would also set a wholly new tone. The all-caps tweets and the constant needling of partisan divisions would go. So would the self-dealing, the habitual lying and the use of governmental departments to pursue personal vendettas. Mr. Biden is a decent man who, after the polls closed, vowed to govern as a unifier. His victory would change American policy in areas from climate to immigration.

A Moment in Time

  • On Saturday, Biden captured the presidency when The Associated Press declared him the victor in his native Pennsylvania at 11:25 a.m. EST. That got him the state’s 20 electoral votes, which pushed him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed to prevail.

I’m not ugly crying, you are!

Waiting

Georgia is in play.

Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania is a third of what it was this morning.

Sen. Gary Peters won in Michigan!

Martha McSally, you are going down.

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