Closing Thought–07Jan21

To change the pace of the news for today…..

Poverty has always been around but eh onset of the Covid-19 was accelerated the growth of worldwide poverty and yet the richest people gained massive amounts of cash during the pandemic.

Bloomberg‘s year-end report on the wealth of the world’s billionaires shows that the richest 500 people on the planet added $1.8 trillion to their combined wealth in 2020, accumulating a total net worth of $7.6 trillion. 

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index recorded its largest annual gain in the list’s history last year, with a 31% increase in the wealth of the richest people.

The historic hoarding of wealth came as the world confronted the coronavirus pandemic and its corresponding economic crisis, which the United Nations last month warned is a “tipping point” set to send more than 207 million additional people into extreme poverty in the next decade—bringing the number of people living in extreme poverty to one billion by 2030. 

Even in the richest country in the world, the United States, the rapidly widening gap between the richest and poorest people grew especially stark in 2020.

As Dan Price, an entrepreneur and advocate for fair wages, tweeted, the 500 richest people in the world amassed as much wealth in 2020 as “the poorest 165 million Americans have earned in their entire lives.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/02/amid-warnings-surging-worldwide-poverty-planets-500-richest-people-added-18-trillion

This is an obscene stat to me…..and yet the masses of people still support the system that allows them to be little more than wage slaves…..

That is so pathetic….this country and the world deserve better….or do we?

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A Return To Normal?

Now the drama of the Biden certification of the win in 2020 is all but over….there is something that most are praying will occur.

The question now is with the defeat of Donald the Orange in the general election…..and the best answer is …NO DAMN WAY!

The few days after it was obvious that Biden had defeated Trump….many pundits started trying to sell the idea that the US had found its better angles and that we could slowly return to some form of normalcy.

With the pundits predictions….all I could do was chuckle….there will be NO return to normal for this nation.

This week Biden proclaimed that, as a president who wants to “avoid inflaming a closely divided Congress,” he plans to “tread lightly when it comes to using his executive power.” Biden seems very confident that his passivity won’t “inflame” any of the remaining progressives in a “closely divided Congress.” Biden’s been on or around Capitol Hill for 45 years and he hasn’t witnessed any uprising from the Congressional left yet.

Biden gave me the biggest laugh when he said he would not embarrass the Repubs in the Senate….

President-elect Joe Biden expressed optimism that he will be able to work with Republicans because of his years working alongside them, despite a sharply divided Congress. 

“My leverage is, every senior Republican knows I’ve never once, ever, misled them,” Biden said on a telephone call Wednesday with several columnists, according to The New York Times. “I’ll never publicly embarrass them.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/531661-biden-on-working-with-senate-republicans-ill-never-publicly-embarrass-them

Seriously?

You truly think you can work with sycophants of Trump?

I say “screw ’em”…..give them the taste of what Trump did to a once proud institution.

Joe Biden is by no means a smooth politician, but over the course of five decades in office he has mastered the art of the political bait-and-switch, a sleight of hand which has come to define the operating profile of so many Democratic bosses in the age of neoliberalism.

We are looking at least 4 years of “not much happening”….foreign policy will suck…..domestic programs will suck…..

Revisit (I know you will not) after 4 years and see just how much Biden accomplished in his run up to mediocrity…..

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“lego ergo scribo”

We Have A New President

But first a little poetry for those literary readers…….

Siss Boom Bah

Futah Racky Zacky

The Process Was Morbid

And Tacky…….

Certification given…..oath of office set……

Finally after months of silly Trump antics and the GOP congressional sycophants and the violence committed by Trump protesters because the unthinkable happen he lost….has been for naught.

The count is finally finished in the wee hours of Thursday morning….but not without antics….

A small group of House lawmakers came close to physically fighting early Thursday morning as the congressional count of electoral votes stretched into the wee hours and a Pennsylvania Democrat charged that Republicans had been telling “lies” about his state’s votes, the AP reports. Rep. Morgan Griffiths, R-Va., objected after Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., said a breach of the Capitol by an angry mob earlier in the day was “inspired by lies, the same lies you are hearing in this room tonight.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down the objection, but a few minutes later Republicans and Democrats streamed to the middle aisle, with around a dozen lawmakers getting close to each other and arguing. But the group quickly broke up when Pelosi called for order on the floor.

Meanwhile, the Senate quickly killed Republican objections to Pennsylvania’s electoral vote for President-elect Joe Biden, and the House was preparing to vote at the time of this posting. The electoral vote count stood at 244 for Biden and 157 for Trump as of this posting. Pennsylvania would give Biden 20 more. CNN is posting live updates here.

It is now finally official!

It’s done: Congress certified Joe Biden’s presidential election in the wee hours of Thursday, after the electoral vote count was interrupted Wednesday by a pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol building, CNN reports. More than half of the lawmakers who originally planned to challenge Biden’s electoral wins in certain states ultimately reversed course after the riot, the AP reports, and all the objections that were raised were voted down. The certification came 15 hours after the session began.

I have given my thoughts on what the Biden administration will look like with the people and the policies….some of the earlier posts on his posse are listed blow…..

https://lobotero.com/?s=Biden

It is a lot to take in but if you want to know what to expect from a new presidency then look no further.

What fresh Hell awaits this country for a Trump loss?

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Update to previous post….the woman shot in the Capitol has been identified…..

The woman fatally shot as rioters stormed the Capitol Wednesday has been identified by relatives as Ashli Babbit, a 35-year-old San Diego resident. Her husband tells KUSI that Babbit was a four-term Air Force veteran and a “strong supporter of President Trump.” DC Police Chief Robert Contee says the woman was shot by a Capitol Police officer as rioters tried to break into the House chamber, WUSA-9 reports. “This is a tragic incident,” Contee says. “And I send my condolences to the victim’s family and friends.” Social media postings suggest Babbit supported the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Video of the shooting shows that the woman was shot after rioters smashed the glass at the top of barricaded doors to corridor leading to the House chamber, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “We had stormed into the chambers inside. And there was a young lady who rushed through the windows,” a witness told WUSA-9. “A number of police and Secret Service were saying get back, get down, get out of the way. She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck.” She died after being hospitalized in critical condition. Contee says three other people died after suffering “medical emergencies” during the breach, the AP reports.

I have been waiting for those Trump supporters here on IST to come and condemn these actions from the protesters…..so far the sound of crickets…..

Day Of Infamy Arrives!

Let The Stupidity Begin!

The day most anticipated by the MSM for they could analyze it to death while accomplishing little…..I called it a circus and I was not mistaken….those GOP clowns do know how to look more moronic by the day.

All the proposed antics and sedition that the GOP had promised over the election begun yesterday…..and it did not fail to produce the stupid that is the GOP and its supporters.

The joint session of Congress began at 1200 hrs ET and from the very beginning the stupid antics from the GOP……

The joint session of the House and Senate convened Wednesday to count the Electoral College votes, and within 15 minutes the first objection was logged: Republicans objected to election tally in Arizona to lengthy applause in the chamber, forcing votes in the House and Senate on Joe Biden’s victory in the state. The chambers broke off to separately debate the objection, but both chambers abruptly went into recess when pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building. More:

  • The AP reports the Arizona objection was made by Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and signed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The Arizona Republic reports Gosar said his objection had the signatures of 60 of his colleagues. As for Biden’s win in the state, he took it by more than 10,000 votes. Eight lawsuits challenging his win there have failed.
  • During the Arizona debate in the Senate, Mitch McConnell issued a rebuke of the Republican challenge. CNN quotes him as saying, “This will be the most important vote I’ve ever cast. … If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see our country accept an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power. At any cost.”
  • In his argument, which he said more generally applied to all the states that would be challenged Wednesday, Sen. Cruz push for Congress to delay action for a 10-day period during which an emergency electoral commission would be able to conduct audits and investigations related to the selected states. NPR reports Cruz noted there was precedent, which is true: Amid accusations of fraud, a commission of five members of each chamber and five Supreme Court justices did this following the 1876 election that pitted Rutherford B. Hayes against Samuel Tilden. NPR, however, explains there are “crucial differences” between the two situations; read about them here.
  • Roughly an hour before the much-awaited joint session of Congress began, President Trump began addressing a Washington, DC, rally in his favor, and put forth the assertion he has long made: He won. The Washington Post has select remarks: “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved,” a reference to fraudulent vote counts. “We won this election, and we won it by a landslide. This was not a close election.”

Alabama and Alaska were won by Trump–no challenge and then Arizona was next up and the bullshit began…..

The Senate was gaveled back into session shortly after 8pm, about six hours after pro-Trump protesters forced them to flee the Capitol. “Let’s get back to work,” Vice President Mike Pence told senators after condemning the day’s violence, per ABC News. The House also returned, with the goal of finishing the task of certifying the electoral college results in a matter of hours. “Violence never wins,” Pence said from the dais, reports the Washington Post. “Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house.”

The first order of business was to finish up debating the challenge already raised to Arizona’s results, and the Senate overwhelmingly rejected the objection in a 93-6 vote. The AP notes that those 6 votes came from Republicans, but noted other GOP senators (it names Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Braun of Indiana, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia) who had indicated they would join them changed their minds after the storming of the Capitol. The House followed suit, 303-121. It’s possible that no further challenges will emerge, or at least fewer challenges than originally planned. Sen. Josh Hawley indicated he would object to the Electoral College results in Pennsylvania as he previously said he would.

A riddle–what is 1000s strong and has the IQ of 10?

Easy–a Trump rally!

The rabid throngs of morons rush the Capitol and breached the police line and entered the building….

 

 

The certification of the election results Wednesday came to an abrupt and shocking halt amid scenes of chaos after pro-President Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building. The House and Senate sessions debating an objection to Arizona’s result were gaveled out and both chambers were locked down before lawmakers were evacuated and Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the joint session, and Sen. Charles Grassley, the Senate president pro tempore, were rushed to a secure location, NBC reports. It wasn’t clear when it would be possible to resume proceedings. More:

  • The New York Times reports that Sen. Mitt Romney yelled “This is what you’ve gotten, guys,” apparently addressing Republican colleagues who supported Trump’s unfounded claims that the election was stolen.
  • The Washington Post reports that the entire Washington, DC, National Guard has now been activated, a total of 1,100 guardsmen.
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, condemned the invasion. “This is so un-American,” he said. “I could not be sadder or more disappointed at the way our country looks at this very moment. He added: “This is not the American way. This is not protected by the First Amendment. This must stop now.” Another Republican, Rep Adam Kinzinger, denounced what he called a “coup attempt.”
  • The Times reports that the chaotic scenes inside the Capitol included looting, with protesters storming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s offices and ripping photos off walls.
  • Trump tweeted a call for protesters to remain peaceful, but did not tell them to disperse, while Pence urged protesters to leave the building immediately. “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now,” he tweeted.

There is an update to the protests…..

Wild scenes in Washington, DC: Protesters have now breached the US Capitol building, with members of Congress inside the House chamber being told by police to don gas masks from under their seats due to tear gas that had been used in the Capitol Rotunda, reports the AP. The building has been placed on lockdown, Mike Pence has been removed from the Senate chamber, and the electoral college debates have been halted, reports the Hill. More:

  • HuffPo political reporter Igor Bobic is tweeting about the chaotic scene, writing that some protesters got on scaffolding outside the Senate and used it to reach second floor windows, which they started banging on; the area looks like the area where McConnell’s office is located, he noted. He separately shared a photo of a huge Confederate flag being carried outside the Senate chamber then tweeted they actually made it into the chamber. “One [protester] is up on the dais yelling ‘Trump won that election!’ This is insane,” he wrote.
  • CNN separately reported that an “armed standoff” was occurring at the House front door as of 3pm ET; the AP has a photo of police officers with their guns drawn as someone seems to attempt to breach it. The New York Times reports the door seemed to be barricaded using a desk.
  • This after hundreds of people stormed metal barricades Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. The pro-President Trump protesters, some yelling “Forward!” toppled the barricades after marching from the Ellipse following a speech from Trump. KHOU reports that Capitol Police officers in riot gear tried to hold protesters back and used pepper spray after the crowd began charging officers.
  • Around 2:30pm ET DC Mayor Muriel Bowser instituted a citywide curfew that will go info effect at 6pm and run for 12 hours.
  • Police initially evacuated at least two buildings in the Capitol complex “due to police activity” as protests raged, including the building that houses the Library of Congress, the AP reports

The tale is that a protesting woman was shot at the protests at the Capitol yesterday…..

A woman was fatally shot at the US Capitol on Wednesday as dozens of supporters of President Trump clashed with police as they stormed the building, CBS reports. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, per reports. NBC later reported that she died. The exact circumstances around the shooting are unclear, per WUSA, which reports that it occurred as Trump supporters were trying to break into the House Chamber. A tweeted video shows the gunshot victim being put into an ambulance. More than five people had been hospitalized with injuries connected to the storming of the Capitol as of Wednesday afternoon, according to CBS. Sources tell CNN that multiple Capitol Police officers were injured in the chaos and at least one has been hospitalized.

Personally, these protesters are committing sedition and every damn one of them should be arrested and charged as such.

This is treason what the GOP and its drooling morons are committing…..MAKE THEM PAY for their violation of the laws.

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