Closing Thought–10Nov20

Remember all those allegations of voter fraud….and those are still being flung around liberally……the question is why?

There has been NO wholesale voter fraud and yet Donald the Orange and his allies keep throwing that pile of pasta at the wall….what purpose does that serge now?

The Trump campaign’s strategy to file a barrage of lawsuits challenging Joe Biden’s win is more about providing President Trump with an off-ramp for a loss he can’t quite grasp and less about changing the election’s outcome, according to senior officials, campaign aides and allies who spoke to the AP. Trump has promised legal action in the coming days as he refused to concede his loss to Biden, making an aggressive pitch for donors to help finance any court fight. Trump and his campaign have leveled accusations of large-scale voter fraud in Pennsylvania and other states that broke for Biden, so far without proof. But proof isn’t really the point, said the people. Trump aides and allies also acknowledged privately the legal fights would—at best—forestall the inevitable.

And some had deep reservations about the president’s attempts to undermine faith in the vote. But they said Trump and a core group of allies were aiming to keep his loyal base of supporters on his side even in defeat. There has never been a presidential election in memory where such widespread, conspiratorial fraud was alleged. Moments after the race was called, Rudy Giuliani stood in front of campaign banner taped over the garage door in Philadelphia, wedged near a cremation center and an adult book store called “Fantasy Island,” with a handful of poll watchers and declared they’d been kept too far away to check for any inaccuracies. But voter fraud is extremely rare, and when it does happen, people are generally prosecuted and it does not change the outcome of the election.

It is to keep the low IQ voter in-line and in the Trump column even in defeat….but not to worry…..FOX News will have a spot for Trump and the sycophants….hate will prevail….

Remember the days when Rudy was America;s mayor after the attacks of 9/11?  What happened to him?  Was he just blowing smoke of America’s ass?  Maybe dementia has set in and his true nature has come to the surface.

Anyway he has proven to me that he has always been a sick, corrupt politician and lawyer….something I did not doubt in any way.

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Gone But Will Not Be Forgotten

Okay Trump supporters take the bull by the horns and admit that your candidate failed to win re-election….he was beaten and beaten soundly….I know you are disappointed but allow the light of reality into your dismal little world and just acknowledge that in 2021 you will be without your dictator in waiting…..

He may have to leave but he will not go down with dignity and style….nope he will be a four year old that has been told it was nap time….kicking and screaming.

But wait you may take heart…..it may not be over…..it may take 4 years but the mouth of Manhattan will return…..

Donald Trump: the next Grover Cleveland? Sources tell Axios that in “the clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden,” the president has started talking about a 2024 run for president. The sources say Trump, who has publicly refused to concede the election and vowed to fight the results in court, has told advisers he is considering another run. The Constitution allows Trump to seek a second term, though it would be an unusual move: The only president in US history to have served non-consecutive terms was Cleveland, a Democrat who won the 1884 and 1892 elections. He won the popular vote in 1888, but lost the Electoral College to Benjamin Harrison.

While Republicans who have set their sights on 2024 are “dreading the prospect of a Trump run,” per Axios, some Trump allies say they would welcome the move. Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News Radio on Sunday that while he is encouraging Trump to keep fighting the 2020 result, he would also support a 2024 run. “I would encourage President Trump if, after all this, he does fall short … to not let this movement die, to consider running again, to create an organization, platforms over the next four years, to keep this movement alive.” Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, said Thursday that he would “absolutely” put Trump on “the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” the Hill reports. “He doesn’t like losing,” Mulvaney added.

So you see all you have to do is wait for he will not be forgotten and he will return.  Now you have something to look forward to in the near future.

OH THE HORROR!

He, Trump, is like a hemorrhoid that will not go away…..there is no relief just a constant irritation.

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Biden And The Pandemic

Biden promised that he would attack the Covid-19 on “day one” (I have always hated that statement)…..and he has been president-elect for a couple of days and he has already announced his Pandemic team…..

As coronavirus records are smashed across the US, Joe Biden isn’t wasting any time in starting to address “one of the most important battles our administration will face.” On Monday morning, the president-elect announced a 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board to “help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations,” per an emailed statement from Biden cited by Axios. Three co-chairs will helm the panel: Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general; ex-FDA Commissioner David Kessler; and Yale University’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. “I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in his release.

Axios notes the “wealth of experience” on the panel, which will inform Biden’s team on how to tackle the COVID-19 problem once he takes office. Other members on the board include vaccine expert Dr. Rick Bright, the whistleblower who said he was forced to resign in October from a high-ranking Health and Human Services position because he refused to flood the New York area with hydroxychloroquine; infectious diseases expert Eric Goosby, who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations; and Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. ABC News reports Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will receive a briefing from the board Monday. Biden’s plan to go after COVID-19 includes increased testing and contact tracing, more investment in vaccines and treatment, possible mask mandates, more PPE, and rejoining the World Health Organization, per CNN. Check out who else is on the panel

He has taken the bull by the horns but that does not make the pandemic go away because we now have competent leadership in this time of need…..it does make the new prez look decisive…..let’s hope that is enough to beat this damn disease.

A side note–A thought on health care……Every Dem that supported Medicare For All won re-election…..As Common Dreams reported Friday, while corporate-friendly Democrats have continued to go to bat for the for-profit healthcare system that lavishes billions of dollars each year on insurance companies, for-profit hospitals, and pharmaceutical giants, a new poll this week—put out by Fox News no less—shows that 72% of all U.S. voters would prefer a “government-run healthcare plan.” And the poll is far from an outlier, with numerous surveys in recent years showing this trend.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/07/every-single-one-ocasio-cortez-notes-every-democrat-who-backed-medicare-all-won

Just a thought for this pandemic thing…..72% want M4A….and yet the Dems will work to axe that idea in favor of for profit health care……now you tell me just who these slugs truly represent.

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Biden’s Attempt To Heal The Country

The slogan going around is that Biden will be the “Great Unifier”…..a slogan I do not buy into…why?

No matter who wins the election, Americans should not expect to see a heightened sense of national unity or higher levels of satisfaction with the political system in the months to come.  A preponderance of evidence suggests that today’s political and ideological divisions have been building for so long that no single candidate or policy agenda could possibly reverse them.  Congressional gridlock, eroding public trust, and partisan polarization are not media creations; they are observable and measurable realities.  Tackling these issues will be a long, arduous task—if it can be done at all.

Polling numbers point to a decades-long slide in trust of political institutions and a popular perception of dysfunction in Washington.  Only 20% of respondents now say that they trust the federal government to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time,” down from a peak of 77% in the early 1960s and down from the 21st-century high of 54% in the weeks after 9/11.  Even during the anti-Washington zeitgeist of the Watergate era, 42% of Americans expressed high levels of confidence in Congress, but in 2020 only 13%

did.

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/178027?mc_cid=80c975ddcf&mc_eid=91f0c9a21d

This news will keep the dream alive for more corruption and lies to be tolerated….think 2024 (more on that later)…..

I will be looking into the picks president-elect Biden will put onto his cabinet….but first let us look at the front runners for now…..

  • Defense: Michele Flournoy, WestExec Advisors CEO and former under secretary of Defense for policy.
  • State: Susan Rice, former Obama national security advisor and former UN ambassador.
  • Treasury: Lael Brainard, Federal Reserve governor.
  • Justice: Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama.
  • Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas, former deputy secretary of Homeland Security.
  • Commerce: Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi and former GOP candidate for governor of California.
  • Veterans Affairs: Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
  • EPA: Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board.
  • UN Ambassador: Wendy Sherman, director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

For more top picks—and a deep dive into alternates—see the full piece at Politico.

Gee…I was right when I stated that no “progressives” or progressive ideas would see the light of day…..these early picks show just how dull and unimaginative the Biden administration will be.

Corporate America will make out like a bandit…..no gun needed for the robbery….

I am waiting for the proper time for me to utter the 4 most wonderful words in the English language….”I Told You So”!

Just a reminder of what I said about the coming Biden administration……https://lobotero.com/2020/11/09/biden-wins/

Hopefully true “Progressives” will remember this betrayal by a corporate candidate that promised to make things better.

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Jail, The Killing Fields

The election is over and time to return to looking and posting on society and the problems that need attention.

We have been bombarded with the tragic deaths of people that are being taken into custody by the people……the protests are justified….the violence, in my opinion, is justified by the protesters for those sent to “control” protests are showing NO mercy to the people or their rights.

However there is a part of this story that goes virtually under reported…..deaths will accused are in jail awaiting trial……nearly 5000 deaths in a decade of accused dying in jail for various reasons….

7,571 inmate deaths Reuters documented in an unprecedented examination of mortality in more than 500 U.S. jails from 2008 to 2019. Death rates have soared in those lockups, rising 35% over the decade ending last year. Casualties like Hill are typical: held on minor charges and dying without ever getting their day in court. At least two-thirds of the dead inmates identified by Reuters, 4,998 people, were never convicted of the charges on which they were being held.

Unlike state and federal prisons, which hold people convicted of serious crimes, jails are locally run lockups meant to detain people awaiting arraignment or trial, or those serving short sentences. The toll of jail inmates who die without a case resolution subverts a fundamental tenet of the U.S. criminal justice system: innocent until proven guilty.

The Reuters analysis revealed a confluence of factors that can turn short jail stays into death sentences. Many jails are not subject to any enforceable standards for their operation or the healthcare they provide. They typically get little if any oversight. And bail requirements trap poorer inmates in pre-trial detention for long periods. Meanwhile, inmate populations have grown sicker, more damaged by mental illness and plagued by addictions.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-deaths/

This is unacceptable….but do I need quote the Constitution? 

Damn silly question!

Of course I do!

The U.S. Constitution grants inmates core rights, but those provisions are hard to enforce. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees fair treatment to pre-trial detainees, but “fair” is open to interpretation by judges and juries. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel punishment forbids “deliberate indifference to serious medical needs of prisoners,” but proving deliberate negligence is difficult. The Sixth Amendment assures speedy trials, but does not define speedy.

Don’t trust me…then I suggest you look it the fuck up!

Here is one proposal…..

End pretrial detention for most defendants

Problem: Many people who face criminal charges are unnecessarily detained before trial. Often the sole criteria for release is access to money for bail. This puts pressure on defendants to accept plea bargains, even when they are innocent, since even a few days in jail can destabilize their lives: they can lose their apartment, job, and even custody of children. Pretrial detention also leads to jail overcrowding, which means more dangerous conditions for people in jail, and also drives sheriffs’ demands for more and bigger jails — wasting taxpayer dollars on more unnecessary incarceration.

Solutions: States are addressing this problem with a variety of approaches, including bail reforms that end or severely restrict the use of money bail, establishing the presumption of pretrial release for all cases with conditions only when necessary, and offering pretrial services such as postcard or phone reminders to appear in court, transportation and childcare assistance for court appearances, and referrals to drug treatment, mental health services, and other needed social services.

Any thoughts?

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