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2/28/2020

Weakend Open Thread

Filed under: General — JVW @ 8:31 pm



[guest post by JVW]

You guys caught the pun in the headline, right?

Item Uno: I don’t believe we have mentioned the horrible shooting at the Milwaukee Molson/Coors (or, as the locals know it, Miller) plant which took place on Wednesday afternoon. A staff electrician, one Anthony Ferrill, shot to death five co-workers before killing himself. As usual, the website Heavy has the raw details without any attempt to censor the more controversial parts. Many on the right are grousing that this mass killing is not receiving all that much attention because Ferrill was African-American and may have been an Elizabeth Warren supporter — if he shared his wife’s political preferences — and this doesn’t fit the preferred media narrative of the white MAGA guy prone to gun violence.

Item Zwei: the Coronavirus continues to wreck havoc worldwide. Iran no longer vigorously denies that the virus has hit its citizens much harder than they had originally reported. Unsurprisingly, the virus has made its presence known on the West Coast of the U.S. This map is tracking the reported cases but at this moment has not been updated to include recent reports of the first afflicted patient in Oregon. Meanwhile, the stock market is of course taking a beating, once again calling into question our deep economic entanglement with China, similar to the questions that we had and then blithely tabeled for seventeen years after suffering through the SARS epidemic.

Item Trois: Joe Biden’s campaign is allegedly on the upswing in South Carolina after a no-more-disastrous-than-the-rest-of-the-candidates showing in the debate earlier this week. The Never Bernie faction among the Democrats is counting on a huge Biden win there to arrest Senator Stalin’s momentum, though at least one poll suggests it could be close which would probably be considered a victory of sorts for everybody’s favorite cranky old Marxist. Meanwhile, Fauxcahontas’s possible second-place finish in California will probably not rescue her campaign if on the same evening she loses to her northern neighbor in her home state of Massachusetts, which is a strong possibility.

Item Négy: Super Tuesday is coming up. I want to write more about this over the weekend, but I hope no Californian here is considering voting for the awful Proposition 13, one of those awful unholy alliances between unions, builders, the education establishment, and taxaholics. I will also announce for whom I will be voting in the Presidential primary (oh, what’s the use: you all know I am voting for My Little Aloha Sweetie on what will probably be her final day in the race).

Have an enjoyable weekend everybody.

– JVW

98 Responses to “Weakend Open Thread”

  1. I don’t know much about the website Heavy, but it now is probably the best site for the who, what, where, when, why, and how reporting that we used to associate with, you know, actual news reporters. Whenever there is a shooter or some other private citizen who becomes a huge story in the news, Heavy is consistently the first place where you can find information on that person and they by and large get most of the details right. They don’t always get the details perfect in their first report, but they are generally humble enough to acknowledge that and they do let you know when information they report is not confirmed.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  2. Saw this amusing cartoon take on the Dem primary at the site of Larry Elder (who sadly seems to have gone full happyfeet, like 99% of the right-of-center commentariat).

    Dave (1bb933)

  3. The first place I go to for mass shootings is heavy.com, which is actually kind of sad.

    Paul Montagu (ae8832)

  4. Two areas of concern about the virus. One, that it has spread is because of politics, like in Iran.

    Politics may have played a role in the government’s handling of the health crisis, Alaei, the health-policy expert, told me. The outbreak coincided with two major milestones—the anniversary of Iran’s revolution, on February 11th, and the parliamentary election, on February 21st. “The government didn’t want to acknowledge that they had a coronavirus outbreak because they feared it would impact participation in these two events,” he said. “So for weeks there was a huge silence.” Less than forty-three per cent of Iranian voters turned out for the election, the lowest rate of participation since the 1979 revolution. Both voters and poll workers were photographed wearing masks.
    “It was the political decision that led to this outbreak in Iran,” Alaei said. “It’s very unfortunate, as Iran has a very well-established infrastructure for the health system and well-educated doctors.”

    Two, the lack of testing kits, which inhibits our ability to know the extent of the infection, noted here. Also, this from Tyler Cowen.

    From a reader email:
    I work at a large health care system on the west coast and the communication we have gotten from leadership is that we are only allowed to test for COVID-19 after discussion with and approval of the appropriate regulatory agencies.

    How can this persist?

    Paul Montagu (ae8832)

  5. This week dispensers of liquid hand sanitizer have started appearing outside elevators at UCI.

    Seems like a smart precaution, if they can keep them filled…

    Dave (1bb933)

  6. This week dispensers of liquid hand sanitizer have started appearing outside elevators at UCI.

    I’m kind of surprised you didn’t have them already.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  7. I’m kind of surprised you didn’t have them already.

    Well, you know, the paleo-con luddites reflexively vote against bond measures to modernize educational facilities, so we long-suffering and underpaid serfs who work long hours keeping the torch of knowledge lit for future generations have to put our health at risk while we do it…

    :)

    Dave (1bb933)

  8. Well, you know, the paleo-con luddites reflexively vote against bond measures to modernize educational facilities. . .

    Well no more of that nonsense! I will join Governor Newsom in supporting the appropriation of $1.2 billion annually so that every single classroom, laboratory, office, meeting room, rest room, cafeteria, common space, and dorm room at all UCI, CSU, and community college campuses is equipped with hand-sanitizer dispensers and replenished twice a week. It’s only a coincidence that my nephew was given the contract for this task.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  9. Thanks to no medicare for all when an illegal alien gets sick and gives it to their children to go to school to give it to your kids ( I know mostly old farts here ) At least when your child dies it won’t be from national healthcare. Thanks to the good capitalist drug companies buy their drug ingredients from communist china they are starting to run out of drugs!

    corona virus (71f17c)

  10. Yeah, well, misinformation about the corona virus is spreading faster than the virus itself. Reports are that some people think it’s being spread by Corona beer, which is ridiculous.

    Actually, the majority of beer drinkers who say they would not buy Corona under any circumstances simply don’t like the taste of it. I prefer Heineken myself, but only because Lone Star beer is hard to come by these days.

    When I was growing up in San Antonio, one of my uncles worked at the Lone Star brewery. Employee benefits included free access to the pool for any and all relatives. The pool at the Lone Star brewery was five times the size of an Olympic pool–everything’s bigger in Texas. I got to tell you, there was nothing like getting that phone call on a hot summer Saturday. “Uncle Frank is taking us to the pool!”

    Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters, we were like a clan of more than forty, and we dove into that pool like an invading army. There was nothing like taking a swim in the pool at the Lone Star brewery. It had a high diving board and everything.

    Then we would tour the museum and go to the tavern. The museum had all kinds of exhibits, stuffed animals and fossils. It was very interesting. At the tavern, with its old country western style, the adults got free Lone Star beer in frosted mugs, while the children got free root beer in frosted mugs. I miss those days.

    So while we’re panicking about the corona virus, which is being hyped like nothing else, no one is paying attention to out of control deficit spending and the national debt.

    https://reason.com/2020/02/28/the-national-debt-is-unsustainable-and-the-pentagons-finances-are-a-total-mess-federal-audit-says/

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  11. That’s not misinformation. That’s 80% of the population scoring below 20% on IQ tests. (Bell curve my fat aunt Fanny.)

    nk (1d9030)

  12. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/donald-trump-libel-lawsuit-new-york-times-losing-battle/

    I think this is one of the most illuminating stories we’ve seen in a long time.

    It says so much about several aspects of Duh Donald and his toadies.

    So things are going Trump’s way. It is hard to imagine a worse moment for the president (through his 2020 campaign) to file his libel suit, the gravamen of which is a March 2019 op-ed by the Times’s former executive editor, Max Frankel.

    The defamation claim is patently meritless. As a matter of law, opinion cannot be defamation, period. And Frankel’s essay was an opinion piece: It was expressly written as the author’s opinion and published in the opinion section of the paper. Drawing on reported news and mostly undisputed facts, Frankel argued that there must have been “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Putin regime during the 2016 election. The piece focused on the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, in which the top tier of the Trump campaign knowingly welcomed Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer connected to the Russian regime, who had promised information that would harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

    You really should read the whole thing.

    The suit is frivolous. It is a stupid, selfish expression of naked narcissism from the man who is supposed to be at work every day in the interests of ALL the people. It shows that he’s constitutionally unfit for the job, AND that the people around him will indulge his most idiotic whim.

    “Only the best people” was always a dirty T-rump joke.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  13. He can get away with it FOR NOW because New York has an almost non-existent anti-SLAPP law.

    It only punishes real estate developers who sue people who filed objections, with government agencies, to their proposed real estate projects. Yes, yes, they might as well have called it the Donald Trump-Roy Cohn law. No joke.

    So … lessee what kind of anti-SLAPP law this lawsuit produces, and whether it will be known as the Donald Trump law.

    nk (1d9030)

  14. Or the New York Times law. That’d really frost him…!!!

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  15. https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-signs-historic-peace-deal-with-taliban-pompeo-strikes-cautious-tone

    I hope this isn’t a vast mistake.

    It feels like a vast mistake. I dunno how we can treat with the Taliban. This could be Iraq all over again.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  16. I could live with Biden ousting Trump but I think that it would mean a single term for him if he is successful. At least we would have a President who reads, listens to experts and abides by the Constitution. But my preference would be for the only other candidate that I believe can win the general election and, as a bonus, is even more intelligent than Joe. He can also keep the Republicans in check for two full terms.

    Pete 2020 / Re-Pete 2024

    noel (4d3313)

  17. I got my mail-in ballot but it’s just sitting there. I was not going to send it in after Super Tuesday, anyway. But the mood I’m in right now is that no man should vote Democrat. Yes, that’s right, n-o m-a-n. Ever. If the mood persists, I’ll either exchange it for a Republican ballot at the precinct (we can do that) or just stay home on election day.

    nk (1d9030)

  18. On a completely different tangent, today is the 57th birthday of the composer Rossini.

    Kishnevi (158466)

  19. Excuse me, 55th birthday. I forgot about the no-leap-days-in-centennial-years rule.

    The most enduring story about Rossini may well be his admission to having cried only three times in his life: Once after his first opera (La cambiale di matrimonio) had a disastrous premiere. Then again when he heard Paganini play. And finally when he witnessed a truffle-stuffed turkey fall overboard in a picnic boating accident.

    Kishnevi (158466)

  20. Heh! You had me for a minute, Kishnevi.

    Too-too-too-teeou-tooteeou-tooteeou ….

    nk (1d9030)

  21. I forgot about the no-leap-days-in-centennial-years rule.

    Did you remember unless divisible by 400?

    nk (1d9030)

  22. No, even though we all lived through it.
    So that means he’s 56.

    Kishnevi (158466)

  23. “ Sen. Ted Cruz used Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on universal injunctions to criticize Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her dissent, accusing a “handful of judges” as acting as part of the “resistance movement” against the Trump administration in blocking its policies.

    He compared her opinion, which he noted no other justices signed onto, to “an arsonist complaining about the noise from the fire trucks.”

    https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2020/02/25/lawmakers-stuck-in-political-deadlock-look-to-supreme-court-to-fix-national-injunctions-401-31682/?slreturn=20200128111437
    _

    harkin (b64479)

  24. So what flipped you, nk?

    urbanleftbehind (1e9995)

  25. The dearth of testosterone in the Democrat lineup as emphasized by their policy positions, urbanleftbehind. The Democratic Party is for “girls”.

    nk (1d9030)

  26. Thank G*d for the peace accords in Afghanistan. We should have been out of there 17 years ago.

    We should have struck them, harder, toppled their little government, then told them if they do it again, we’ll strike them 20 times harder (and use weapons sufficient to do that) next time, then left.

    Make America Ordered Again (afc191)

  27. Dammit, it will be 1 less vote for the Second City Cop Conway (for Cook Co. States Attorney / “Anybody But Fox” plan).

    urbanleftbehind (1e9995)

  28. We should have struck them, harder, toppled their little government…

    Yah, no. We did that.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  29. RIP – Diana Serra Cary – aka ‘Baby Peggy’

    Last star from the silent era. She was 101.

    https://www.thecoastnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/poster-peggy_0005WEB-1009×1024.jpg
    _

    harkin (b64479)

  30. Dammit, it will be 1 less vote for the Second City Cop Conway (for Cook Co. States Attorney / “Anybody But Fox” plan).

    I was going to vote for Pfannkuche in November, anyway.

    nk (1d9030)

  31. The surrender to the Taliban is a humiliating defeat for America, but inevitable and proverbial: “No guts, no glory.”

    nk (1d9030)

  32. “I could live with Biden ousting Trump .”

    And I could live with 1987 Cindy Crawford feeding me peeled grapes from her b*tt cheeks. Chances are about the same.

    JRH (52aed3)

  33. “After 40+ years of classical music concerts offered outside with family and friends, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival will call a wrap to our summer festival with two performances in August 2020,” the Festival announced in an email that we received….

    … “We now join many who also face uncertainty regarding increased employment costs and infrastructure needs associated with AB-5. So we will bring our festival to a close with pride in our long-time contribution to community life in North Tahoe and Truckee.”

    Lake Tahoe Music Festival calling it a “wrap” after this summer; blames AB-5

    https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2020/02/28/lake-tahoe-music-festival-calling-it-a-wrap-after-this-summer-blames-ab-5/
    _

    harkin (b64479)

  34. We should have struck them, harder, toppled their little government…

    Do you argue always for the sake or arguing?

    Yes, initial forces going in did a magnificent job within their ROE. I’m saying they should have done that part, then not been left there for two decades.

    You can disagree with what I would have done, but to take it as criticism of the forces that toppled the Taliban government is nuts. I’m not arguing with the invasion and toppling their government part. I’m disagreeing with our dumb strategy after that.

    Make America Ordered Again (afc191)

  35. And I could live with 1972 Cheryl Tiegs feeding me peeled grapes from her cleavage.“

    FYP
    _

    harkin (b64479)

  36. I could live with 1987 Cindy Crawford feeding me peeled grapes from her b*tt cheeks.

    Thanks for the image…!!!

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  37. I’m saying they should have done that part, then not been left there for two decades.

    Well, we didn’t really. The Taliban swept down into the more civilized parts of the country and retook control. We went back in to re-establish a part of the country that was not a barbarous haven for the worst terrorists on the planet.

    For the record, you provoked the argument.

    But I admit I love screwing with you.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  38. Sorry. At least I left Biden’s leg hair out of it.

    JRH (52aed3)

  39. 2020 – 1792 = 228
    228 ÷ 4 = 57
    minus 1800
    minus 1900
    2000 is already included in the 57
    I think it is 55, Kishnevi.

    nk (1d9030)

  40. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bolton-trump-obama-style-taliban-deal

    Yep. That’s how it smells to me. And it ain’t co-log-ne water.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  41. 16.I could live with Biden ousting Trump…

    ‘Here’s the deal’—- can he???

    JoeyBee is walking cadaver.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  42. Trump doing emergency presser; full Queeg ahead.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  43. In keeping with long-standing site interests:

    Actresses walk out after Roman Polanski wins award at ‘French Oscars’

    Numerous actresses walked out of the César awards in Paris Friday evening after prominent film director Roman Polanski won best director.

    The moment sparked outrage amongst several actresses in Salle Pleyel Hall, where the award ceremony took place. Polanski is infamous for fleeing the U.S. in 1978 after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl, with several other allegations since then, according to Variety.

    Polanksi’s film, An Officer and a Spy, or J’accuse in French, won three awards on Friday night.

    Actress Adèle Haenel, who has said she was sexually abused as a minor by a different director, was one of the women who stepped out of the ceremony, saying “Shame!” after Polanski’s win was announced.

    https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/485290-actresses-walk-out-after-roman-polanski-wins-award-at-french

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  44. nk(25) writes: The Democratic Party is for “girls”.

    Majority rules.

    noel (4d3313)

  45. 40, that’s all he needs to be, unless Trump starts mainlining Crisco.

    urbanleftbehind (1e9995)

  46. @44. A colorful liar or a devious plagiarist…

    “That’s some damn choice, Bob.” – Robert Kennedy [Mrtin heen] ‘The Missiles of October’ ABC-TV, 1974

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  47. A 50-something woman just died from the Hoax Virus in a Kirkland, WA hospital, just 20-something miles from my house. She was another one who caught it caught from the community, where no specific source could be pinpointed.

    Paul Montagu (ae8832)

  48. Excuse me, 55th birthday. I forgot about the no-leap-days-in-centennial-years rule.

    I had a college friend born on Leap Day 1968. When she turned 21 in 1989 her friends jokingly refused to take her out for drinks because by their accounting she was only five years old. What really sucked for her is that her family always celebrated her birthday on February 28 since she was apparently born right after midnight on the 29th, but the bars wouldn’t let her celebrate her birthday until March 1.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  49. Some pointy-headed intellectual types have come up with a new and improved calendar, where January 1 is always a Monday and every day of the year always falls on the same day of the week.

    Normal years have 364 days, and we there’s an extra week every 6-7 years.

    Hanke thinks it could become the law of the land, and President Donald Trump might be the one to make it a reality, he said. He’s already drafted an executive order for the President to sign — perhaps, Hanke suggested, on Leap Day.

    “[Henry] and I think if we had 30 minutes with Trump in the Oval Office, it would be a done deal,” he said.

    Brent Goldfarb, an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, is skeptical of the HHPC. He told the Baltimore Sun the calendar isn’t “practically important.”

    “Just as the United States was unable to shift to the metric system, I see little chance that we’d all change our calendars, computer programs and intuitive thinking to get rid of leap years and have a constant calendar,” he told the paper.

    Lawrence Mishel, a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, agreed. He told Popular Science he thinks the calendar would cheat workers out of some vacation days.
    “This would never pass a popular vote,” he told Popular Science in 2017. “Nor should it.”

    Hanke said he’s still got hope: If Trump adopted it, it could become the Trumpian Calendar. That extra, unnamed week at the end of December could become Trump Week, Hanke added.

    Dave (1bb933)

  50. Some pointy-headed intellectual types have come up with a new and improved calendar, where January 1 is always a Monday and every day of the year always falls on the same day of the week.

    I don’t like it. Here are my objections:
    – St. Patrick’s Day would always fall on a Saturday, so I would lose out on the fun of ditching work to get drunk.
    – Independence Day would be on a Wednesday, and we would probably have to go back to work on Thursday and Friday.
    – Labor Day would be early in September (the third), which brings the summer to an early close.
    – Halloween would always be on a Wednesday which means kids can’t stay out late.
    – Thanksgiving would come early (Nov 22) which means the Christmas season would ramp up in earnest.
    – My birthday would fall on a Monday. Blah.
    – Christmas would always be on Tuesday, which means we would probably have to go back to work at least for Thursday and Friday.

    I vote “no” on the idea.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  51. I vote “no” on the idea.

    So you would deny the rest of us Trump Week.

    Why do you hate America?

    Dave (b1bec7)

  52. A better calendar would have the same 13, 28-day months (364 days) plus “New Years Day” between December 28th (a Sunday) and January 1 (a Monday). God rested an extra day here.

    For leap years, there would be a day between June 28th (Sunday) and July 1 (Monday). Call it Leap Day. Or “the Olympiad” perhaps. This doesn’t become a problem until 2100.

    Three known arguments against:

    1. The Sabbath is every 7 days. Pity those trying to reconcile lunar calendars (which is odd as this IS a lunar calander).

    2. Seasons would be weird, and this may annoy farmers.

    3. But the real kicker is the endless impact on contracts. (“What, my rent is due on the first of the month and now there’s an extra month!?”)

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  53. Halloween would always be on a Wednesday which means kids can’t stay out late.

    In MY calendar, there is no “October 31st” anymore. Put it where you want. October 27th (Saturday) would work.

    – Labor Day would be early in September (the third), which brings the summer to an early close.

    Why? Put it where you want.

    – Thanksgiving would come early (Nov 22) which means the Christmas season would ramp up in earnest.

    In my calendar it’s always the 25th, a Thursday, and Christmas is also always Thursday, 4 weeks later.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  54. Here’s the calendar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Fixed_Calendar

    You do need another month, though. They name it “Sol”. We could have fun with our own names. I like “Liberty”

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  55. The least unlikely reform is the World Calendar, which is similar to the Hanke-Henry calendar but avoids the incredibly offensive “leap week” with the more reasonable New Year’s and Leap Days. It’s apparently preferred due to having 12 months in a 30-30-31 cadence, with the perpetual calendar repeating every 3 months (13 weeks). No need to have a new month named “Trump.”

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  56. It would suck having to learn and remember new birthday and anniversary dates. I could see men worldwide uniting to strangle this idea in the crib (which Ralph Northam has no problem with).

    JVW (54fd0b)

  57. “It’s all the same f*cking day, man.”
    – Janis Joplin

    Dave (1bb933)

  58. Then there’s what I will call the Elon Musk solution: construct massive gyroscopes to fine-tune the earth’s rotation period to be *exactly* 1/365 of earth’s orbital period.

    Dave (1bb933)

  59. @25 When I was in jr high a friend of mine’s older brother, Donny, quit playing football to join the cheerleading team. Donny was Very Straight. A friend of his asked him why. He said, “You spend every afternoon grappling with other sweaty guys. Guess how I spend my afternoons? You have no idea where my hands get to go.” 😛

    Nic (896fdf)

  60. I got a Mike Bloomberg mailer, today. He claims:
    He beat the NRA. In his dreams.
    He beat the coal lobby. Probably not, and nothing for the jerkoff to brag to me about in any case.
    He beat tobacco. By beating his little pud, instead.
    Now he’ll beat off Trump. Tee-hee!

    Everybody is right about Mini Mike. He is a POS.

    nk (1d9030)

  61. Is when we see South Carolina primary, comrades?

    nk (1d9030)

  62. Polls are closed…cadaver projected to win his first evah primary.

    urbanleftbehind (d03775)

  63. Is when we see South Carolina primary, comrades?

    Da, they’re coming in now. Biden is currently smoking the rest of the field at 45% of the vote with — uh — one percent of the votes counted.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  64. Not as if that low figure has prevented the Charleston Post and Courier from calling the state for Biden already.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  65. There isn’t going to be any change to the calendar. We can’t even get rid of Daylight Saving’s Time, for crying out loud, does anyone seriously think we’re the change the number of days in a month or months in a year?

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  66. Fox, too.

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  67. https://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2020/02/liz-cheney-taliban-deal-like-obama-nuclear-deal/

    Yep. I’m tellin’ ya. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  68. Plagiarist JoeyBee projected winner in SC Primary.

    So what has he learned, class?

    1. After three runs for president since the 1980’s– this is his first nd only primary win so far– the percentage margin still not known.

    2. Plagiarist Joe can win in a state w/a 60% black voter base. White states like Iowa and NH soundly rejected him.

    3. Unfortunately for Plagiarist Joe, most of America is white and latino– not black:

    ‘As of July 2016, White Americans are the racial majority. African Americans are the largest racial minority, comprising an estimated 12.7% of the population. Hispanic and Latino Americans are the largest ethnic minority, comprising an estimated 17.8% of the population. The White, non-Hispanic or Latino population make up 61.3% of the nation’s total, with the total White population (including White Hispanics and Latinos) being 76.9%.’ – source, wikiracebait

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  69. Clyburn just stuck a knife into JoeyBee– ‘yeah, I endorsed Joe– and now that I have, his campaign needs serious retooling and a reboot.’

    Super Tuesday will torpedo an sink Plagiarist Joe—that’s just 72 hours from now.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  70. With eight percent of the vote in, Slow Joe continues to receive nearly 50% of the vote. Andrew Yang leads among the candidates who have already dropped out with 88 total votes.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  71. Super Tuesday will torpedo an sink Plagiarist Joe—that’s just 72 hours from now.

    Seriously. This is like some offensive consultant suggesting that a team retool its entire offensive game plan on the Thursday before the Super Bowl.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  72. PB had 4,085 votes to Tulsi’s 631. It’s not only the Democratic candidates who lack testosterone.

    nk (1d9030)

  73. If the 2002 Oakland Raiders had changed the game plan on the Thursday instead of the Friday before the Super Bowl (that actually happened), they might have at least beat the spread vs the Buccaneers. But then again, they were helmed by former Delaware Blue Hen Rich Gannon.

    urbanleftbehind (d03775)

  74. nk, SC’s Repubs, at least a few of their federal office holders, aren’t known for a lot of testosterone either.

    urbanleftbehind (d03775)

  75. Ok, Tulsi’s up to 2040. Is that a sustainable breeding population? Simon?

    nk (1d9030)

  76. Looks like the Operation Chaos by South Carolina failed. As of right now, Biden is up by 32.
    Warren, Steyer, Gabbard and Klobuchar have no good reason to keep the lights on, and Buttigieg may not be far behind.

    Paul Montagu (ae8832)

  77. Those hoity toity plantation scions like their blonde chicks and this aint the party primary to indulge, unless they cosplay Strom. The real dude gene pool moved west to tame the SEC West states pre-Civil War. And the replacement stock is low-T near-retirement Noo Yawkers. Take away Parris Island, it’s like an amazon colony.

    urbanleftbehind (d03775)

  78. @70. He introed Plagiarist Joe and is standing next to him like the upstairs butler w/a pitcher of lemonade at the ready.

    When your ‘victory speech’ exhausts ‘folks’ and ‘here’s the deal’ then reaches into the texts of the Declaration of Independence, the Bible and your dead kid– you’re toast.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  79. The black internets will crown Jim Clyburn Cuhn of the Week after that visual.

    urbanleftbehind (d03775)

  80. BREAKIN NEWS- NBC News just reported Tom Steyer is ending his presidential bid.

    What a waste of $$$$$.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  81. NBC News just reported Tom Steyer is ending his presidential bid.

    And will go back to being the hand up the puppet’s back.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  82. Biden’s sweep of SC counties is pretty impressive. 69% in and he has every county (except one that hasn’t reported). He has half the votes.

    It’s looking like 5 left, including Bloomberg. I don’t see how Amy Klobuchar can continue.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  83. @81 I think she’ll say until Tuesday. We’ll see after that.

    Nic (896fdf)

  84. @82. Agreed. she’s done. They’re not even mentioning her in the coverage.

    Pete and Warren will hang in… but frankly, why Steyer would drop w/72 hours to go ’til Super Tuesday is strange. What’s another three days. Capitalist Bloomberg is going to end up running interference against Bernie no matter what but he has no delegates.

    But don’t see Plagiarist Joe surviving much longer, either. He was expected to win SC– the first presidential primary in his entire political career since running three times for president he has ever won since the 1980s.

    Tomorrow Virginia’s McAuliffe is going to endorse Plagiarist Joe. THe kiss of death– he was a big Hillary backer. W/his delegates, he’ll end up being a king maker at the convention.

    But winning just one presidential primary- w/a 60% black electorate– is more than sad. It’s pathetic given Nevad, Iowa and NH rejected him. Most of America is white, not black.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  85. Yeah, but the black voter has outsized sway, for in 2020 it might be Biden or Redpill. The midwest and rust belt states come too late in the primary calendar for Klobuchar to benefit.

    urbanleftbehind (d03775)

  86. Four years ago there were roughly 370,000 votes cast in the South Carolina Dem primary and tonight with 91% of precincts reported there have already been 450,000 votes cast, so either Republicans are meddling in the Dems’ sandbox or else this is the first primary where Democrat enthusiasm has truly emerged.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  87. By way of comparison there were 700,000 votes case in the South Carolina GOP primary four years ago.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  88. Where does everyone think Tom Steyer’s votes are going to go, especially in California? Is Senator Stalin the prime beneficiary or does this help Slow Joe, Lieawatha, or the Boy Mayor?

    JVW (54fd0b)

  89. Not that I know anything but I suspect that
    1) PB has 100% enthusiasm from that part of the counter-culture that go in for that sort of thing and has maxed them out;
    2) Bernie is still getting the same dingalings he had four years ago;
    3) Biden is getting all the people who want a candidate who might possibly beat Trump; and
    4) The rest are splitting the voters who vote in Democratic primaries just out of habit and don’t really care about any candidate in particular.

    nk (1d9030)

  90. You may be right, nk. With 96% reported Comrade Candidate has 101k votes. Four years ago he ended up with 96k votes, so it is certainly true that he has picked up scant few votes since last time around. Of course four years ago he benefited from the anti-Hillary vote which is no longer in play.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  91. @87 They’ll go to Not Bernie. If you were voting for a billionaire for president you aren’t a democratic socialist.

    Nic (896fdf)

  92. 87.Where does everyone think Tom Steyer’s votes are going to go, especially in California? Is Senator Stalin the prime beneficiary or does this help Slow Joe, Lieawatha, or the Boy Mayor?

    Probably Warren or Mayor Pete; though given Steyer’s messaging, more would go to Warren. If your numbers hold in your postings, JoeyBee is gonna feel the Bern in about 60 hours. Just can’t see deep pocketed, big dollar donors keeping Plagiarist Joe on life support past Easter. But ‘here’s the deal, folks’–he’s a stubborn old coot and won’t jump until he’s pushed.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  93. With 96% reported Comrade Candidate has 101k votes. Four years ago he ended up with 96k votes, so it is certainly true that he has picked up scant few votes since last time around. Of course four years ago he benefited from the anti-Hillary vote which is no longer in play.

    There are also about four times as many candidates as last time…

    Dave (1bb933)

  94. 26. Make America Ordered Again (afc191) — 2/29/2020 @ 7:47 am

    We should have struck them, harder, toppled their little government, then told them if they do it again, we’ll strike them 20 times harder (and use weapons sufficient to do that) next time, then left.

    If you’re thinking that way, it’s the government of Pakistan that needed to be toppled or threatened with being toppled if it happens again. For the last half a dozen years of his life Osama bin Laden was being hidden just near Pakistan’s West Point. When Mullah Omar died, his death was kept secret for two years, which is not possible for a man who is really in charge of anything. The Taliban and the Haqqani network are simply a tool of Pakistan’s rogue military intelligence agency, and they attacked India too through other terrorists.

    But Pakistan has nuclear weapons. No long range delivery system, though.

    The alliance won in Afghanistan. But then the anti-democracy alliance (especially Iran and Syria before 2011 but also Saudi Arabia) financed and organized the insurgency in Iraq (which Secretayoof Defense Donald Rumsfeld kept on assuming were last gasp bitter enders and so could only get smaller with time) and eventually took its strategy back to Afghanistan.

    Pakistan may not have a world class army, but it has a world class intelligence agency. (that is probably on the take from China, which would explain why all of this, because otherwise Pakistan’s rogue military intelligence agency is crazy. Just saying they would have been crazy to plan an attack on the United States doesn’t mean they didn’t and doesn’t even mean they were crazy.

    They could have been bribed, and then it wouldn’t be crazy for them to plan 9/11. And this would not be crazy for the People’s Liberation Army, since nobody would blame them, as long as they could maintain secrecy about their involvement.

    Oh and don’t forget the role of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency. The head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency was fired 10 days before 9/11 but evidently too late to find out and stop what had been going on.

    Sammy Finkelman (7072ea)

  95. Interviews with nearly two dozen administration officials, former White House aides, public health experts and lawmakers — many speaking on the condition of anonymity to share candid assessments and details — portray a White House scrambling to gain control of a rudderless response defined by bureaucratic infighting, confusion and misinformation.

    “It’s complete chaos,” a senior administration official said. “Everyone is just trying to get a handle on what the [expletive] is going on.”…

    The decision to tap Pence and streamline all communication through the vice president’s office was primarily driven by a potent combination of a lack of leadership and structure inside the White House, four senior officials said, as well as a faulty CDC coronavirus diagnostic test, botched and conflicting messaging from senior health officials, and Trump’s obsession with the falling financial markets, two senior administration officials said. Many HHS employees fretted that financial concerns, rather than public health considerations, were dictating the administration’s response, one of the officials added…

    ———————————————–

    Sounds like we’re “totally prepared”, huh?

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  96. Ragspierre (d9bec9) — 3/1/2020 @ 12:02 pm

    Sounds like we’re “totally prepared”, huh?

    Well, there is a flu pandemic plan (good or bad) that they can take off the shelf.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  97. White House scrambling to gain control of a rudderless response defined by bureaucratic infighting, confusion and misinformation.

    “It’s complete chaos,” a senior administration official said. “Everyone is just trying to get a handle on what the [expletive] is going on.”…

    READ Sammy. Plan or no plan, does that sound like we’re “totally prepared”?

    Ragspierre (d9bec9)

  98. A second Seattle-area resident just died from the virus, and there are two more in critical condition. But that’s just in South Alaska. Now that a Manhattan woman is afflicted, I expect even more media attention.

    Paul Montagu (ac6302)

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