FINALLY — Some Good News!

I lost count of how many “Breaking News” updates hit my phone yesterday, but most contained good news, so I’m not complaining.  Four things among the maelstrom of pings, dings and knocks from my phone stand out, all of them positive, at least from where I stand, though I’m sure there are those who would disagree with me.

  • The first was that Joe Biden announced several of his choices for key cabinet positions. I’ll have more about this in future posts, for I will need time to research these people, some of whom I’m not familiar with.  But the one that caught my eye first was Biden’s appointment of John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate.  This sends a message, loud and clear, that no longer will we shirk our duty toward climate change and the environment.  As Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry played a key role in negotiating the landmark Paris Climate Accord, which was adopted by nearly 200 nations in 2015 and was aimed at addressing the negative impacts of climate change. Trump withdrew the US from agreement, and Biden has pledged to rejoin it on his first day in office.

  • Next came the news that the election officials in Michigan certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. I let out a few YAHOOOOOOs over this one and found myself, inexplicably, with tears in my eyes.  Too much stress lately, I guess.  Pennsylvania and Arizona are close to certifying Biden’s victory, but despite having a BA and an MA in Political Science, I simply do not understand what the holdup is.  Yes, I know Donnie Darkness is protesting, continuing to claim that he actually won, and suing everybody and their brother, but his cases are consistently being thrown out of the courts because there is zero evidence of any widescale aberrations anywhere.  Trump’s legal eagles have failed to provide a shred of evidence.  It’s time for every state to certify the vote, to follow the law and the will of the people.  Trump lost by more than 6 million votes – he’d have to find a hell of a lot of “voter fraud” to overturn that!

  • Then there was this headline in the New York Times: G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden.  Trump is suing the state of California (isn’t that rather like suing one’s own family member?  Perhaps he forgot that California is one of the 50 ‘United’ States?) in an effort to strip California of its ability to set its own, strict fuel economy standards.  Initially, three U.S. automakers joined in the lawsuit:  General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler.  With G.M. dropping their support, it is likely only a matter of days before Toyota and Fiat Chrysler join their competitor in dropping out.  In fact, G.M.’s CEO, Mary Barra, urged the other two to follow G.M.’s lead.  Score one for the environment!

  • And last, but certainly not least, came the news just around supper time, that Emily Murphy at the General Services Administration (GSA) acknowledged Joe Biden as the ‘apparent’ winner of the election. This move will give the Biden transition team access to federal transition funds, and will also allow the team to establish contact and working relations with federal agencies.  A day late and a dollar short, as they say, but … better late than never.  Trump attempted to take credit for the decision, but made a point of saying that he is not conceding the election, and that … “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good … fight, and I believe we will prevail!”  I laughed at this … I really no longer care what he says, for he is quickly becoming irrelevant.  The sooner he, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Kayleigh McEnany figure that out, the sooner our lives will become more peaceful!

I still have concerns, still do not trust Donald Trump, nor the congressional republicans, nor the Supreme Court, nor the white supremacist gun freaks who say they are planning violence when Joe Biden is inaugurated, but overall I think yesterday was a red-letter day for positive news … something we were sorely in need of.  We still have many problems, and yesterday was not quite a ‘jump for joy’ moment, but more a ‘sigh of relief’ one.  Perhaps soon we’ll even be able to sleep for more than an hour at a time.

28 thoughts on “FINALLY — Some Good News!

  1. What the White Supremacists seem to forget is that violence as an inherent backlash and that there are going to be a group of people who are not going to sit around and there are a lot of folk in a lot of countries will tell you that does not go well (Though no one will be more horrified than the White Supremacists as their plans do not contain the opposition shooting back).
    Here’s hoping Biden is quick off of the mark and doing what the Law Agencies have been asking for a while; making more of these outfits classed as terrorists

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!… with Trump’s mental state it has always been about him..his ego refuses to acknowledge change and it is highly unlikely he will change and I doubt if he will ever concede unless it would be to his benefit.. through his time in the White House, he was always center stage and he has manage to gather like thinkers for his following and they are not likely to change either… one just has to learn to deal with them while continuing to work in a effort to make this world a better place to live in… 🙂

    Hope all is well and you, and yours, have a wonderful holiday filled with peace, love and happiness!!.. 🙂

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    • Like you, Dutch, I don’t look for him to ever actually admit he lost, or concede the election. Yes, we must move forward, understanding that making the world a better place for everyone … 56 more days! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

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  3. Kevin and I were both off yesterday and stopped watching the endless waiting game in favour of some episodes of Schitt’s Creek. When we returned to the fray, imagine our surprise when we saw the news about the GSA. Finally, as you say, something to give us all hope! Have a good day 🙂

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    • Thanks, Emily! It’s not the end of our troubles by any means, but a good start. A reason to believe that maybe … just maybe the obstacles can be overcome. You have a good day too, dear friend.

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  4. More and more people are saying what does it matter if Trump will not acknowledge he lost the election. He’s not going to be on the top of the hill any longer. News about him and his tweets will be less important. I don’t worry about his loudmouth, gun-toting followers. A good many are in jail for causing trouble. They even had their guns taken away. I bet that hurt. I’m sure the Secret Service and police will be ready for their behavior. —- Suzanne

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    • Well, at this point the main reason it matters is that as long as he continues to claim that he won the election, but that it was stolen from him, he keeps his base riled, and they are the ones with all the guns, the ones threatening violence if Trump is removed from office. If he simply conceded the election, said that Biden won fair and square, it might … might calm the angry masses. Apart from that, you’re right that his rhetoric is irrelevant, but he still has the ability to do much damage in the next 56 days.

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  5. Jill, these are good news. This may be as close to a concession as we will get with the outgoing president. It is interesting, but business people, foreign leaders and the majority of Americans seem to be appreciating the manner in which Biden/ Harris are building their team. Janet Yellen is a great choice. I don’t know the other people as well, but they seem to have good experience and temperament. It is refreshing. Keith

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    • PS – And, it was nice to see both Pennsylvania and Nevada certify their results! Of course, the outgoing president has not stopped throwing rocks at windows (using John Bolton’s excellent analogy), but his rocks are getting smaller. Keith

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      • Yes, it was, and today New Mexico and Minnesota have also certified. I wish the rest would just do it! I like that expression … it’s so apt. The rocks are getting smaller, but they can still do some damage.

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    • I’m sure you’re right … it would be a fool’s errand to wait for him to actually say that he lost and Biden won … I don’t expect that at all. But frankly, at this point, what he says doesn’t have a lot of relevance. Now, what he does may well bear keeping an eye on, but his rhetoric is long past being relevant. Like you, I don’t know many of them very well and will start researching once this bloomin’ holiday is over, but Yellen and Kerry definitely please me.

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  6. Morning Jill. Great to have positive news for a change isn’t it? The feeling in the country is changing now as the collective breath we have all been holding is released. One thing on why tRump can not concede, even after all the top Wall Street money guys said he should, is the large money grab he is making. They changed the rules on his fund raising for the legal fund again. (t was 60 / 40 him / RNC) He is now taking 75% of the money to his Leadership PAC and the RNC gets 25%. I guess he is pissed that more Republicans are not standing firm for him. The thing with the Leadership Pac, that you probably know that I did not, is unlike other PAC’s the Leadership one can be used for personal expenses of the candidate. It is a slush fund for tRump. Plus he still has the other one going, the cash raising to retire his campaign debt. So as with almost everything tRump does what is left here is grifting for cash. Have a great holiday. Hugs

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    • Oh yes, Scottie! I actually smiled yesterday with the good news that it appears all Trump’s ploys and plots have come to naught. I breathed a sigh of relief. For the immediate time, at least, things will move along as they should, but … make no mistake … we still have mountains to climb and reversing the damage that Trump has done will take decades. I had to laugh today, though, when the DOW hit a record high based on the news that Biden has finally been acknowledged by the GSA as President-elect and the transition is to begin. Trump tried to take credit, but even he didn’t believe his own words! Trump may be benefiting financially at the moment, but once he leaves office, he will face legal challenges and mounds of debt that may well keep him at odds for a very long time. Hugs!

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  7. I’m really pleased with all the good news, it’s been a long time coming but it’s heartening to know Joe will soon have his transition cash and will be able to start the transition properly and with interaction from Trump staff. Like you, I am worried about the white supremacists and their threats. Does this mean the death of more innocents at the hands of these gun nuts
    Cwtch?

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    • Yes, it has been too long coming, and there are still mountains to climb, but this is a start. The first step in the process. As to what will happen with the gun-totin’ right-wingers … I cannot even predict. But, I do know that somebody needs to tape Trump’s mouth shut, for he has been guilty of inciting such groups as the “Proud” Boys and … it could end in violence and death. I hope not, but wouldn’t bet against it.
      Cwtch

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  8. Jill, although I am not personally concerned, I reacted the same way over all the news (we also have newspapers, newsletters etc here 😉😲) and I take this opportunity to say Thank You for quickly becoming one of my faved bloggers …. Ta – as the Brits would say!

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    • Heh heh … yes, I know you guys have newspapers and even … the Internet!!! In fact, every morning when I first log on in search of news, my first stop is The Guardian from the UK, for they are more on top of the news than any of the U.S. sources! Thank you, Kiki, for saying I am one of your fave bloggers! That brought a smile to my face!

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