What’s with the sniffing?

Disappointing, even horrifying, as it is that this election is too close to call (as a corrupt Postmaster General openly defies a federal court order to produce at least 300,000 “lost” ballots in swing states in time for counting [1], with Mr. Trump’s active support) — scary as the seeming end of the Age of Reason is — I couldn’t help noticing the president’s pronounced noisy nasal inhalations as he spoke at 2:20 a.m. claiming victory and announcing that he’ll be going to the Supreme Court, while accusing Democrats of a major fraud on our nation.

I have inserted the loud inhalations through the nose, the same ones we heard from Mr. Trump during his debates with Hillary.

President Donald Trump:

“This is a major fraud on our nation. (SNIFF) We want the law to be used in a proper manner. (SNIFF) So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. (SNIFF) We want all voting to stop. (SNIFF, SNIFF) We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list, OK? It’s a very sad (SNIFF)— it’s a very sad moment. To me, this is a very sad moment. And (SNIFF) we will win this. And as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.”

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The party of Trump NEVER takes its foot off the gas

It was after 2 a.m. of a long day after many long days for a 74 year-old who just (we are told, though actual evidence still is lacking) got over COVID-19, I can understand if he might need a little “pick me up” before he addressed the nation.

I don’t condemn anyone for using intoxicating drugs, unless they do something dangerous like getting behind the wheel of a car afterwards. In the larger scheme of things, what difference does it make if the guy toots a few lines of a stimulant that picks him up, keeps him alert as a few Diet Cokes? But still, what the hell is up with nobody even noticing that in certain high stakes moments, the guy suddenly sniffs like a dachshund on the hunt? He doesn’t usually breathe like a coke fiend, or someone who just snorted Adderall [2]. I’m just sayin’.

I’m trying to stay positive, but I have less reason for optimism today than I did yesterday. McConnell and Lindsey are both doing cocky victory laps after easily defeating well-funded challengers. It looks like the Grim Reaper is likely to remain in his post as Obstructor-in-Chief. Meaning that even if Biden ekes out a win, he’ll be immediately thwarted, 51-49 (or better) in terms of lawmaking. Is the bright side supposed to be that Nancy Pelosi is almost certainly retaining her gavel to continue do her legislative wizardry?

In other news:

U.S. Coronavirus Infections Top 92,000 on Election Day as Death Toll Rises

The United States confirmed more than 92,000 new coronavirus infections on Election Day — one of the highest one-day tolls for any country during the pandemic. Over 1,100 COVID-19 deaths were reported across the U.S. on Tuesday as hospitalizations reached their highest level since mid-August. Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns the U.S. should expect to see over a thousand daily deaths from COVID-19 for a “sustained period of time.”

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[1]

[T]he U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday refused to comply with a federal court order to sweep mail processing centers and deliver mail-in ballots that may have been unaccounted for. The order came after USPS announced over 300,000 mail-in ballots nationwide couldn’t be traced for delivery. USPS had until 3:30 p.m. Eastern to conduct the checks and make sure all ballots could be delivered before polls closed. Instead, USPS said it would maintain its own inspection schedule. The order affected facilities in 12 postal districts across 15 states, including battleground states like Arizona and Pennsylvania where mail-in ballots must be delivered by the end of Election Day in order to be counted. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is a Trump megadonor who has come under fire for recent changes at the Postal Service that have caused widespread delays and sparked major concerns over mail-in ballots.

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Today Judge Emmett Sullivan scheduled a contempt hearing. A DOJ lawyer said he’d check the schedule to see when the postal supervisor is available to explain why he is not in contempt of a direct court order.

“You will have to tell him when he’s available,” Emmet (sic) fumed. “It’s up to the court when he’s available.”

No idea why Business Insider refers to federal judge Emmett Sullivan by his first name, but the rest of the story is HERE

[2]

For people diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Adderall helps to improve concentration and focus. As a central nervous system stimulant it can also have the very same effects on people without ADHD.

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