17 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-2-20

  1. These people were out on Fridays before this weekend. Since it’s the last before the election, they were out all weekend, including yesterday in the pouring rain. They’re highly motivated, I’ll give them that. 🙂

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  2. Word.

    https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/10/31/editorial-donald-trump-joe-biden-mike-pence-kamala-harris-presidential-candidate-endorsement/stories/202010310021

    ““He’s unpresidential.”

    “He’s crude and unkind.”

    “He’s just not a good man.”

    These things, and much worse, are commonly said of President Donald Trump. His personality totally eclipses his record.

    So we, seemingly, have him on the dunk tank, ready for a very cold bath.

    Let’s play dump the lout.

    But is this really what it’s about?

    Isn’t the real question whether he has been taking the country, and the economy of this region, in the right direction these last four years?

    Can we separate the man from the record?

    We share the embarrassment of millions of Americans who are disturbed by the president’s unpresidential manners and character — his rudeness and put-downs and bragging and bending of the truth.

    None of this can be justified. The president’s behavior often has diminished his presidency, and the presidency. Most Americans want a president who makes them proud.

    We too prefer the first-class temperament and demeanor of a Winston Churchill, a Dwight Eisenhower, a Franklin Roosevelt, a Ronald Reagan, or a Barack Obama (whom this newspaper enthusiastically supported in 2008 and 2012). None of them are on the ballot this year.

    Let’s look at the Trump record:

    Under Donald Trump the economy, pre-COVID, boomed, like no time since the 1950s. Look at your 401(k) over the past three years.

    Unemployment for Black Americans is lower than it has ever been, under any president of either party.

    Under Mr. Trump, our trade relationships have vastly improved and our trade deals have been rewritten. Thanks to him, middle America is on the map again and the Appalachian and hourly worker has some hope.

    Has Mr. Trump done enough for these struggling fellow citizens? No. But he recognized them. Maybe he was not articulate, but he recognized their pain.

    No one ever asked the American people, or the people in “flyover,” country, if they wanted to send their jobs abroad — until Mr. Trump. He has moved the debate, in both parties, from free trade, totally unfettered, to managed, or fair, trade. He has put America first, just as he said he would.

    He also kept his promise to appoint originalists to the Supreme Court of the United States. His third appointment, Amy Coney Barrett, is the best of all — a jurist whose mind and character and scholarship ARE first class. We hope she stands against both judicial and executive excess.

    Finally, let’s talk about one of the most important concerns in this region — energy. Under Mr. Trump the United States achieved energy independence for the first time in the lifetimes of most of us. Where would Western Pennsylvania be without the Shell Petrochemical Complex (the “cracker plant”)?

    Donald Trump is not Churchill, to be sure, but he gets things done.”

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  3. Compare and contrast.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/11/01/biden-stumbles-another-campaign-speech-america-dead-covid-19/

    “Biden Stumbles Through Another Campaign Speech: “America Is Dead Because Of COVID-19””

    “Joe Biden is running a campaign based on the principle that this presidential election is a referendum on President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Team Biden has put all its eggs into one basket – Americans are dying because Trump has botched the response to the virus. To hear Joe Biden speak, it is as though Trump has the power to flip a switch and the highly contagious, deadly virus will just magically disappear. Instead, he’s left America in the dark.

    Biden’s America is a very dark place. At least half of the country is populated with racist chumps, ugly people, labeled as such simply for voting for Donald Trump in 2016, according to Joe Biden. During the final presidential debate, Biden told the audience that “We’re about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter.” He was talking about the president’s plan for the coronavirus as we move forward in the coming months. Biden’s message is one of doom and gloom. In comparison, Trump’s message is meant to be an uplifting one, a message that will inspire voters. He frequently tells rally audiences that the best is yet to come.

    Joe Biden is taking a different approach. He not only puts his spin on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus but he said in Iowa, “America is dead because of COVID-19.” Yikes! That is quite a big statement. Does he think the whole country is “dead”? How can that be? It’s true that more than 220,000 Americans have lost their lives due to the coronavirus, according to reports, but we are a nation of more than 300M people. The death of 220,000 Americans is a tragic statistic but it is not the entire population of the United States. He tried to back up such an outlandish comment by referencing the total deaths in Iowa to his audience. He botched it. He starts out with over 30,000 dead and then corrects himself by saying “nearly 1,700 dead”. Biden has a habit of wildly exaggerating the number of deaths from the coronavirus.”

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  4. The video doesn’t lie, Biden staffers do.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/11/biden-campaign-bus-swarmed-by-trump-supporters-in-texas/

    “Texas: Biden Campaign Claims Trump Supporters ‘Ambush’ Biden Bus, Hit Staffer’s Vehicle

    “There’s video showing the contrary, staffer tried to push their way in and truck pushed back.”

    “A Biden campaign bus received a big Texas welcome from Trump supporters on Friday. The Biden campaign was not amused; indeed, it quickly claimed that a Trump supporter hit a following Biden aid in a white suv and that because the Trump Train “ambush” was so large and intimidating, they felt forced to cancel multiple Texas campaign events.

    Here’s the general view of the Trump Train escorting the Biden bus.”

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  6. Thank you President Trump. 🙂

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/02/under-trump-americans-have-seen-their-best-wage-growth-in-40-years/

    “Under Trump, Americans Have Seen Their Best Wage Growth In 40 Years

    More than any other president in 40 years, Donald Trump has benefitted working-class Americans, especially African Americans. New data only reinforces that amazing trend.”

    “Many on the left refuse to admit President Trump’s populist policies have provided massive benefits to working-class Americans. Matthew Yglesias argued at Vox that Trump’s refusal to endorse a federal $15 per hour minimum wage proves Trump has abandoned populist ideals. Progressives claim the Trump economy helps billionaires, not workers, and snidely dismiss his outreach to minorities.

    Yet, during the first three years of the Trump presidency, wage growth was off the charts, especially for low-income workers and African Americans. The third-quarter economic data released Thursday confirm once again that Trump is on the job for U.S. workers.

    The Biden campaign has tried to tie COVID-linked economic devastation to Trump’s leadership. The new third-quarter economic data once again shows that’s wrong. The total number of U.S. wage earners increased more than 5 percent in that period, and the third-quarter rebound for African Americans occurred at a 17 percent faster rate than for wage earners as a whole.

    Trump campaigned on exiting the China-centric Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiating North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump claimed his tax and trade policies would benefit American workers.

    Even though evidence shows they are highly effective, Trump’s economic ideas have consistently underwhelmed pundits. Democrats hated his tax cuts. Liberals predicted a worldwide economic crisis if he was elected in 2016 and scoffed at Trump’s “middle class miracle.” Leading up to the 2016 election, economists including eight Nobel laureates derided his economic ignorance and called his proposals “magical thinking.”

    Yet the economic results have validated Trump’s economic leadership. He used tariffs as a bullwhip to punish predatory, job-killing trade practices. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) sprang from the ashes of NAFTA. Tax cuts for workers and corporations accompanied massive deregulation and a robust energy policy. Prior to COVID lockdowns, despite Democrat opposition to all things Trump, the economy was adding millions of jobs and wages were soaring.

    This Is Trump’s Doing, Not Obama’s

    In rare moments when liberals admit a few not-so-terrible things have happened during Trump’s presidency, they credit Trump’s success to the “continuation of a trend” President Barack Obama began. Perhaps Trump did achieve the lowest African American unemployment figures in history, they say, but he was the beneficiary of Obama’s legacy, when most of the economic hope and change really happened. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Over the past 40 years, the inflation-adjusted growth trend for the U.S. median weekly wage has been $4.05 per quarter. During the first three years of the Trump administration, it was a staggering $6.90 per quarter.* During the Obama years, median wages grew at the anemic rate of $3.20 per quarter.

    But what if we cherry pick the last (best) three years of the Obama era? We see growth of $5.08, more than a dollar higher than the historic trend. But that is the lone bright pixel in an otherwise dreary picture. And Trump has bested that by a mile.”

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  7. “‘Joe Biden is a pathological liar’

    Biden claims he took part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and not a word is true”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/30/joe-biden-is-a-pathological-liar/

    “This coming Tuesday, as you head off to the polls to cast your vote, remember this: Joe Biden is a pathological liar.

    Donald Trump may be rude and crude. He may be abrasive and off-putting. His Twitter temperament may be caustic, his leadership style demanding, his political instincts heavy-handed, and his use of hyperbole a bit extreme; yes, President Trump may be a pugnacious man with many flaws that he doesn’t even care to hide, but Joe Biden is a proven, habitual, unrepentant fraud and a pathological liar of the highest order.

    Civil rights activist Shaun King says this. “Since the early 1970s, Joe Biden has been a serial liar …”

    Mr. King goes on to explain.

    “In 1987, when Joe Biden was running for president for the very first time, his campaign got swallowed up in a swarm of lies that [he] told about himself all over the country. First, Biden was caught plagiarizing a famous speech from, then, Britsh Labor Pary Leader Neil Kinnock — including parts of the speech that came straight from Kinnock’s personal life that were not true for Biden.

    “Then, he plagiarized yet another speech from the late Robert Kennedy and another from JFK and another from Hubert Humphrey … Soon, it was discovered that Biden had not just plagiarized those four speeches, but had lied about academic awards [that he never earned], lied about scholarships [that he never received], and lied about his ranking in law school [stating he graduated in the top half of his class when in fact he finished 76th out of 85].”

    Mr. King then concludes by highlighting the series of 31 Biden lies he finds most foul; a list of prevarications dating back to the ’70s that are beyond the pale because they show Mr. Biden to be a bald-faced liar about his involvement in our nation’s march for civil rights.

    After going through each one of these deceptions in great detail, Mr. King offers this summary: “Joe Biden … on the backs of people who actually paid an enormous price for being activists and organizers in the Civil Rights Movement, created a completely false narrative of his work and contributions …” In other words, Mr. Biden repeatedly claimed that he took part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and not a word of it was or is true. It never happened. He is lying.

    Jeff Chidester of Seacoastonline summarizes Mr. Biden’s pattern of deceit this way. “On numerous occasions, Biden claimed he … was an activist and organizer within the civil rights movement, that he had been trained as a civil rights activist in Black churches, that he had participated in civil rights sit-ins, boycotts, and marches, and even went so far as to claim he was ‘raised in a Black church.’ None of this is true, not even a little bit. It’s all a complete fabrication … A decent man does not do this; a deceitful man does.”

    But there is more. A lot more. “

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  8. All this talk about postmarks on mail-in ballots is nonsense.
    But there is lots of that around now.
    Everyone knew who he was going to vote for months ago. There has been plenty of time to get the ballot in.
    Mine was posted two months ago.

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  9. https://dbdailyupdate.com/2020/11/01/sunday-news-roundup-in-this-election-size-really-does-matter/

    “Biden has used COVID-19 as an excuse to “limit” the attendance for his events, but the truth is that the old geezer couldn’t half-fill a jr. high gymnasium during the primary season. Avoiding any comparisons of crowd size has been a big part of the Biden strategy in this campaign, for the simple reason that there is zero enthusiasm for the candidate.

    Quite simply, America has never seen – not even in 2008 – the kind of spontaneous, massive outpourings of support all over the country for any presidential candidate that we have seen this year for President Trump.

    Size matters, and getting out the vote also matters. Another strategic choice the Biden/Harris camp made early on was to eschew the traditional big get-out-the-vote piece of their campaign, deciding to rely on mail-in ballots and after-election voter fraud instead. The Trump campaign, however, is deploying one of the most focused and massive GOTV efforts in history.

    Thus, while the Democrats have largely shot their store of ammo during the early voting period in this election, Republicans have held back and focused on getting people to the polls on Election Day. Trump has an enormous edge over these final three days as a result.

    Early voting trends indicate that Trump’s GOTV advantage is likely to be decisive in the election and that he will roll up a bigger Electoral College victory than he achieved in 2016. It will be hard for him to get to a popular vote victory due to the big margins Biden will inevitably roll up in the brainwashed states of California and New York.

    But size does matter; enthusiasm does matter; and turnout on Election Day not only matters, but will be decisive on Tuesday.”

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  10. We have friends who drove from here and Idaho (the northern panhandle) to Arizona to canvass door to door, get out the vote. It’s quiet out here, but I know the police are all gearing up. 😦

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  11. Getting ready….

    If they are this stupid, I hope the response is swift, painful, and overwhelming.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8904169/Fortress-White-House-Crews-begin-building-non-scalable-fence-complex.html

    “Fortress White House: Crews will begin building ‘non-scalable fence’ around the complex tomorrow as Secret Service prepares for potential unrest

    Crews plan on building ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House complex
    White House has been ringed with fences since George Floyd protests in June
    Washington, DC, is making contingency plans for possible Election Day violence
    Stores and businesses boarded up their properties over the weekend in DC
    DC Metro Police said that the entire force will be working on Election Day”

    “The White House is taking no chances for Election Day as crews will begin constructing a ‘non-scalable’ fence to secure the Executive Mansion, the Ellipse, and Lafayette Square, it has been reported.

    The potential for unrest has also prompted Metro Police in Washington, DC, to put 250 National Guardsmen on standby, according to Geoff Bennett of NBC News.

    Cities across the nation have boarded up shops, storefronts, office buildings, restaurants, hotels, and other properties in anticipation of possible violence related to Tuesday’s presidential election.”

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  12. These days, when you read something on the Guardian, it ends with an appeal for money, which includes this nod to what they call “independence” but which clearly is not, and which to me is rather shocking for a British publication:

    America faces an epic choice …

    … in the coming days, and the results will define the country for a generation. These are perilous times. Over the last four years, much of what the Guardian holds dear has been threatened – democracy, civility, truth.

    The future of abortion and voting rights, healthcare, climate policy and much more hang in the balance. Science is in a battle with conjecture and instinct to determine policy in the middle of a pandemic. At the same time, the US is reckoning with centuries of racial injustice – as the White House stokes division along racial lines. At a time like this, an independent news organization that fights for truth and holds power to account is not just optional. It is essential.

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  13. Racism. Yes, there is racism. And we are not to compare to other countries. However, we are attempting to address our racism in many ways and have for many years. A quick search brought me to this page:
    https://www.hrw.org/legacy/campaigns/race/nationality.htm

    An old study but it points out the millions of people worldwide who are without citizenship in their birth country due to racism. We are not alone but we are far ahead of the game. I don’t believe we need to erase our country because of it.

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  14. Cheryl — British dailies are unapologetically biased — you can tell a person’s social class and political support from the paper they read. The (Manchester) Guardian has been a labour/leftist paper for over a century. On the web, they do not use a firewall nor do they tease with a limited number of free articles and/or ads instead they simply ask for a donation after every article — it seems to work as they are still going strong. Despite their political leanings their actual reporting is excellent.

    AJ — apparently the behaviour of Trump supporters in Texas and elsewhere is under FBI investigation for voter intimidation and suppression, we’ll see how they interpret the various videos available. However, I think its easy to admit that there’s no need to chase and harass political opponents on the interstate — can you imagine the fit Republican supporters would throw if pick up trucks full of heavily armed BLM supporters surrounded a Trump bus on the highway? This kind of nonsense belongs in Latin American not in a fully developed democracy.

    Chas — I agree — Nothing in the last four years should have led anybody to change their minds but apparently there are still undecided voters and they have a right to have their voices heard. So yes votes count as long as they are cast tomorrow or mailed tomorrow. I tend to vote on election day despite voting for the same party for over 30 years but there’s never a line up here. Strangely I live in one of the most left wing districts in Canada yet the ruling Conservatives or ruling Liberals never attempt to short change in terms of polling stations even though we vote for the socialists NDP as a matter of habit.

    Prediction; Biden by a minimum of 279 and a maximum of 306.

    Real Clear has Biden at 319 and 538 has Biden at a 90% chance of victory — far higher than both had in 2016.

    I have Biden with 212 safe, 47 likely and 47 leaning (Penn, AZ,NC and Maine(1))
    and Trump at 86 safe, 36 likely and 110 leaning (Texas, GA, Fl, IA, OH and Montana)

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