Stupid and Stupider

I have many things swirling around in my head tonight.  Each day, it seems there are new horrors and abominations coming out of the Trump administration, campaign, and Trump himself.  So many that I cannot keep up with them and I wonder if we won’t all just implode before November 3rd!  Perhaps that’s his goal.

So much stupidity … it boggles the mind!stupidityThe most recent jaw-dropper came on Wednesday when, speaking in North Carolina to a group of trumpeters, Trump said …

“If you get the unsolicited ballots, send it in, and then go — make sure it counted. And if it doesn’t tabulate, you vote. You just vote. And then if they tabulate it very late, which they shouldn’t be doing, they’ll see you voted, and so it won’t count. So, send it in early, and then go and vote. And if it’s not tabulated — you vote. And the vote is going to count.”

So many points to be made here … where do I even start?  First of all … IF I were willing to risk death by voting in person, DONNIE, I wouldn’t be using a mail-in ballot to start with!!!  Damn but that man is a portrait of stupidity!

More to the point, however, is he just told the people of this nation to break the law!  It is against the law … both federal and state … to cast two separate ballots for the same election!  And as the highest person in the law enforcement community, don’t you think he ought to know that?

And perhaps most importantly, is he saying this just to get people to break the law, to attempt to vote twice, to back his false claim about voter fraud being a huge problem?  Voter fraud isn’t even a notable problem, but he has been claiming it is since before the 2016 election, and he’s still crying ‘Wolf’ today!  Is his ‘advice’ to the people of this nation just a sorry attempt to add more chaos and turmoil to an already chaotic election?

And then, Attorney General William Barr didn’t even understand that what Trump was suggesting was illegal!  Barr’s response when being questioned about Trump’s statement by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was …

“I don’t know what the law in the particular state says.”

Duh.  And he’s the frickin’ Attorney General???  Another portrait of stupidity!barr-stupidFor the record, folks, if you try out Trump’s idea in real life, you will either be blocked from voting in person or your mail-in ballot will be “spoiled”, and it is quite possible that neither of your votes will count … AND you could be arrested on felony charges.

A few nights ago, my friend Herb introduced me to The Young Turks (TYT) videos, and last night he sent me this one to review.  Take a look and give it some thought, for there are some serious potential ramifications to the delayed counts of mail-in ballots, as well as Trump’s illegal suggestion.

It is what it is???

The doc who replaced Dr. Anthony Fauci as Trump’s top medical advisor is Dr. Richard Atlas, who predictably has no background in epidemiology or immunology.  In the past week, Dr. Atlas decided to embrace the theory of “herd immunity” as regards the coronavirus pandemic.  Never mind that the top scientists and medical experts have warned that there likely is no herd immunity for this virus, for Dr. Atlas is Trump’s latest bootlicker who will say what Trump wants us to hear, rather than what we need to hear.

Herd immunity, for those who may not fully understand, is the ideology that if we let everyone be exposed, the old and infirm will die off, and those who survive will be immune to the virus.  Hmmm … as one of those who is ‘old and infirm’, I have a bit of a problem with this philosophy!  I have spent the past six effing months stuck in my house to protect both myself and my family … I’m not about to let a knucklehead like Atlas kill me now!

Of course, those who support this theory say we will protect the old and infirm, keep them somewhere safe, but what they fail to tell you is that we have children, friends, and grandchildren who can very easily bring that virus in to us.  We are not going to be kept from the rest of the world forever!  No, I am not going to go live in some bubble just so Trump can have his bloody economy back!herd-immunityDr. Anthony Fauci, who I DO trust with my life, rang in on this ‘herd immunity’ issue on Wednesday:

“We’re not there yet. That’s not a fundamental strategy that we’re using. The fundamental strategy that we clearly articulate and go by through the task force is to try to prevent as many infections as you possibly can prevent.”

Listen to Dr. Fauci, folks, not the asshole doing Trump’s bidding.  Our lives have exactly zero value to Donald Trump and his minions, as he has proven time and time again, most notably when he was asked about the U.S. having the highest death toll on the planet, and he responded with, “It is what it is.”  What a guy, eh?

Something to ponder …

I get a daily newsletter from a writer, Heather Cox Richardson, that is typically a summary of the political news in the U.S. the previous day.  Yesterday’s post led off with an interesting question …

“As I wade through the flood of news today, all of it trying to tilt the playing field toward Trump in the upcoming election, it strikes me there is an elephant in the room that we really need to identify: why is Trump so hell-bent on reelection? He has made it clear he doesn’t particularly like the job. He has no real goals for a second term. He feels victimized by the media and his opponents. He prefers Florida to Washington, D.C., and he really likes to golf. He claims to be wealthy enough to do whatever he wants. So why on earth is he apparently determined to bend our democracy to the point of breaking in order to win reelection to a job he doesn’t seem to want to do?”

She makes some excellent points, I think … he truly doesn’t seem to enjoy actually doing the job, reading briefings, sitting in meetings, listening to experts, and seems to far prefer being at one of his luxury properties golfing and stuffing his face with expensive food.  So … why, indeed, does he lie, cheat and steal to retain the position?  Is it the power?  Is it the fear of the many criminal lawsuits that he’s sure to face once he loses the immunity Bill Barr has given him as a ‘sitting president’?  I don’t know, but it is a conundrum, if you think about it.

I find Ms. Richardson’s newsletter thoughtful and informative, so if you’re interested, you can sign up for it for free here.

23 thoughts on “Stupid and Stupider

  1. An excellent post, but then again…when are they not excellent? There should be no need to answer that question, but nevertheless I shall…NEVER!! If memory serves me correctly, it was not very long ago that I shared a quote from Edward Abbey and mentioned his book “The Monkey Wrench Gang”. It seems that this post serves as the perfect opportunity to share a quote from that book : “One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ beats teamwork.” I need not tell you how much I admire Heather Cox Richardson and enjoy the daily newsletters. This morning’s is lengthy but so very good, do not miss the embedded video of a statement from Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Thank-you!

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    • Awwww … thank you, dear Ellen! I am now smiling from ear to ear! Yes, I do remember your mention of “The Monkey Wrench Gang”, and I have it on my TBR list, but obviously haven’t gotten to it yet. That quote is humorous, and so very true!

      I haven’t gotten to this morning’s (or rather, yesterday morning’s) HCR newsletter yet, but I will! Looking forward to Senator Duckworth’s statement! Thank YOU, my friend!


  2. That first part of Heather’s letter was superb! I almost wrote a post on it myself. She really knows how to put things in perfect perspective. Not only that, she shares up-to-date news that isn’t always addressed through the usual sources.

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  3. you’ll trust your life with the doctor and bill gates who fundamentally believe in population control but don’t believe in herd immunity which you say will kill off some people. The mental gymnastics of your blog are astounding. population control, good for some but not for others. More and more nauseating hipocrasy.

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  4. Jill, this is a daily or twice-daily occurrence – the president just espousing inane or untruthful remarks. Telling people to commit a crime is not news for Trump as he has little regard for where that line is.

    We should not forget his encouragement to forcefully evict anti-Trump protestors from his rallies. Or, his pointing out the press as the enemy at the same rallies. Or, his encouragement for his supporters to take the law in their own hands.

    We should also not forget this “law and order” president tried to extort Ukraine for a personal favor, his campaign has been twice-confirmed that it dealt with the Russians, he has consistently violated the emoluments clause and his constitutional powers and his son-in-law got a $1.2 billion loan balloom payment from a foreign source, money the CIA said he was fishing for.

    As for Barr, he is truly sinking further into the quagmire of the Trump swamp. One cannot drain the swamp if you only hire swamp creatures. Keith

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    • You are so right … there is so much we should not forget, that it’s almost impossible to remember it all! Treachery and dishonesty has been the definition of his administration and I cringe to think of what another four years under this madman might bring.

      As for Barr … my mother used to have a saying, “he made his bed, now let him lie in it”. That’s what I would say to William Barr in a year when he is persona non grata in the legal community. At least, I’m hoping that’s what will happen.


  5. I also get Heather Cox Richardson. She also does podcasts. Her newsletter is superb.
    You remind me of her…a tireless voice of reason and information.😊

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  6. Hi Jill! – Yes, that was something that really struck me: the president of the US tells the American people to go and break the law? He actually encourages them to commit fraud? I mean, really???? Should that not be a reason for instant removal from his office? … I am just trying to imagine the Austrian or the German chancellor or the Dutch prime minister to publicly tell people to go and vote twice…. no, not happening. Not that I am a huge fan of the current Austrian chancellor, but at least I am pretty sure he respects our constitution and the laws he has sworn to uphold. (And even if he doesn’t, at least he is doing a better job in hiding it!)
    Anyway, apart from the daily craziness of the yellow haired duck that comes floating over the Atlantic, politics here are still dominated by Corona. Big scandal number one is that the Dutch Secretary of Justice apparently has violated the Corona regulations during his wedding in July. Pictures of him hugging his mother-in-law….. oh well. I do understand that people get grumpy about it, and of course it is hugely embarrassing for him, but on the other hand: it was his wedding! I do think there is a difference between hugging your mother-in-law at your wedding and doing e.g. group hugs with strangers in a bar while drunk.
    …. Weekend is approaching, so I am wishing you a good one! Take care, stay healthy, stay calm (or at least don’t bite your keyboard with frustration, it tastes bad, I can assure you, at least mine does…)

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    • Hi Jeannie! Great to see you!

      Yes, amazing that the person in the highest office in the nation encourages people to commit felonies! But, it’s certainly not the first time, nor will it likely be the last. On occasion, he has even encouraged physical violence at his rallies and other events! Under normal circumstances, he would at the very least be censured by Congress, but what we have today is anything but normal. Congress is deadlocked by a Democratic majority in the House, and a Republican majority led by an unconscionable ass in the Senate. The Republicans in Congress refuse to condemn Trump on anything. If they had a collective conscience, they would have convicted and removed him from office back in February when he was impeached. Their failure to do so shows just how little regard they have for the people of this nation and for the oath they took.

      Here, the coronavirus has been shoved into the background by other events, such as police killing unarmed black men (yes, again and again and again), Trump’s racist remarks and actions, the upcoming election and all the dirty tricks being used by the Republicans to ensure Trump remains in office, and so on. The coronavirus is still out of control in this country, but half the people have simply decided to ignore it or deny that it exists. Believe it or not, some here still call it a ‘hoax’, thanks to the “leader” of the country. Many are completely disregarding the advice of experts and we still have 1,000+ deaths EVERY DAY. Sigh. A new surge is predicted for fall, so I won’t be surprised to see businesses and schools shutting down again.

      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend (if that’s possible these days). No, I never bite the keyboard, but I do sometimes have to bite the fingers that using the keyboard! I see you speak from experience! 🤣


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