Snark … what would I be without it? Hmmmm … interesting question … a mild-mannered book-lover? Healthier? For sure I would sleep more and better, but … perhaps I would find life boring if I didn’t have so much angst on my plate, eh?
A tweet from beyond the grave …
I find it more than a little bit creepy when a new tweet pops up by a man who has been dead for just over two weeks. Herman Cain, business executive, writer, and Tea Party activist and one-time presidential hopeful, died on July 30, as a result of the coronavirus, which he likely contracted from attending Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the prior month.
Then, all of a sudden yesterday …
Multiple other posts have appeared from ol’ Herman, including one linked to a Trump campaign video which accused Biden of having “a racism problem”, and another criticizing Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan governor who was also in the running to be Biden’s vice-presidential candidate.
Turns out, it was Cain’s daughter, Melanie Cain Gallo, doing the dirty deed …
“We’ve decided here at Cain HQ that we will go on using this platform to share the information and ideas he believed in. He often talked about the site going on once he was ready to step away from it. We had hoped he could enjoy reading it in his retirement, but he made it clear he wanted it to go on.”
Seems both disrespectful and a bit offputting to me, but then … I am not a republican, so I guess my conscience operates on a different level.
Let Me Vote!!!
I’ve written extensively on Trump’s heinous attempts to disenfranchise voters in November by denigrating mail in voting, claiming it is wide-open for voter ‘fraud’, and his efforts to de-fund and destroy the United States Postal Service (USPS) so that few will have confidence in mail-in ballots arriving in a timely and safe manner. And, no doubt, I will write on this topic again, for nothing has changed except that Trump has now admitted the reason he won’t approve the release of funds that were already approved by Congress is that he wishes to stop mail-in voting.
However, tonight, I am incensed by a political figure closer to home, none other than Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. Voting-rights advocates and elections officials had requested extra drop boxes at places like public libraries as a way to reduce in-person voting lines and relieve pressure on the mail system during the coronavirus pandemic.
But LaRose said no no no no no! He said it’s too late to make the change before Ohio’s presidential election. With 81 days remaining, no, jerkface, it is NOT too late! Hell, I’ll even help put the boxes up myself!
LaRose held a Wednesday news conference “to assure Ohioans that the upcoming Nov. 3 election will take place as planned, and that in-person voting will be an option, but voting by mail is a secure and reliable option for those who choose it.”
How so??? My medication took from June 26th until August 7th to make the short jaunt from Canada to Ohio … how can he guarantee that ballots will be received in time??? Answer: he can’t.
And speaking of mail-in ballots …
After all the blustering Trump has done, claiming that voting by mail produces massive amounts of fraud (it doesn’t) and doing everything in his power (and some things he hasn’t the authority to do) to stop us from being able to vote from the safety of our homes, after claiming it would lead to “the greatest rigged election in history” and “the greatest fraud ever perpetrated”, guess who has requested mail-in ballots???
Yep, you guessed it! According to the Palm Beach County elections website, both Trump and Melania requested absentee ballots to vote in Florida’s primary election on Tuesday.
“Absentee ballots, by the way, are fine. But the universal mail-ins that are just sent all over the place, where people can grab them and grab stacks of them, and sign them and do whatever you want, that’s the thing we’re against.”
WTF does he think is the difference between an absentee ballot and a mail-in ballot??? And where does he get this idea that “people can grab stacks of them”??? Is the man out of his bloomin’ mind? Somebody please, put him in a padded room so we can get on with the business of preparing for a safe election day without having to hear the foolish crap running constantly from his mouth!
Taking our breath away …
Yes, literally, Trump & Co are doing everything in their power to make breathing damn near impossible and to complete the destruction of our atmosphere. While everyone’s attention is focused on the pandemic and the upcoming election, Trump rolled back yet another environmental regulation, this one concerning limits on methane leaks.
The new rules, issued Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget, effectively rescind the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate methane, the largest component of natural gas. Although it dissipates faster than carbon dioxide, methane is estimated to be at least 25 times and as much as 80 times more potent in terms of trapping heat in the atmosphere.
According to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler (a man with strong ties to the fossil fuel industry) …
“EPA has been working hard to fulfill President Trump’s promise to cut burdensome and ineffective regulations for our domestic energy industry. Today’s regulatory changes remove redundant paperwork, align with the Clean Air Act, and allow companies the flexibility to satisfy leak-control requirements by complying with equivalent state rules.”
Trump has sought since 2019 to eliminate methane limitations because many of the small- and medium-sized companies in the oil and gas business are among his ardent supporters. I’m sure they are applauding and celebrating now, as the rest of us plan for a life tied to a portable oxygen machine. Joe Biden will have his work cut out for him next year, re-implementing all the environmental regulations Trump has undone and attempting to clean up behind the sloppiest person to ever occupy the Oval Office!