Monday, October 12, 2020

22: Vermont Overlook #2 Indigenous Peoples Day!



  1. Gee, poor little Slovakia [Click] was handling the coronavirus so well, and now it has taken a quick turn for the worse. Maybe because of poorer control in neighboring countries?

  2. The Reckless Race to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett Justifies Court Packing [Click] “We used to reject court packing as a dangerous game. Now we believe it may be the best way to restore the Court’s legitimacy.”

  3. “Eager Georgia voters swarmed to polling places Monday morning for the start of three weeks of early voting before Election Day,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    Lee Will Attend Senate Judiciary Hearing In Person [Click]

    Microsoft Disrupts Russian Criminal Botnet
    October 12, 2020 at 8:07 am EDT By Taegan Goddard
    “Microsoft has taken legal steps to dismantle one of the world’s largest botnets, an effort it says is aimed at thwarting criminal hackers who might seek to snarl up state and local computer systems used to maintain voter rolls or report on election results,” the Washington Post reports.

    Senate Republicans Face Green Tsunami [Click]

    CA GOP’s Unsanctioned Ballot Drop Boxes May [sic] Violate Law, Secretary Of State Says [Click]

  4. Cook Political Report: Trump’s Gamble Falling Short [Click]

    New Battleground State Polls
    October 12, 2020 at 1:08 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

    From St. Leo University:
    FLORIDA: Biden 49%, Trump 43%

    From Whitman Insight Strategies:
    PENNSYLVANIA: Biden 51%, Trump 46%

    From New York Times/Siena:
    MICHIGAN: Biden 48%, Trump 40%
    WISCONSIN: Biden 51%, Trump 41%

    Even Pence Couldn’t Articulate GOP’s Vision [Click] It seems I was not the only one who noticed that while “working” in the hospital, Trump showed off by signing a blank sheet of paper.

    Biden Focuses on Two Big Themes [Click] Like we were taught in our Public Speaking course: It is very difficult to keep the audience’s attention with more than two major points.

    In 2020, the Ground Game Is All Trump [Click] “Overall, it’s not clear if Trump is winning at voter contact or if Biden is playing a completely different game on a separate field.”

    Facebook Will Now Ban Posts Denying Holocaust [Click] Not about time, but far past time.

    Trump Funnels Record Subsidies to Farmers [Click] Cynical fellow that I am, I cannot help but suspect that the considerable majority of the money will go to Big Ag. Clicking through the the underlying NYT article, I see that my suspicions are not only correct, they are just the beginning of the moral, legal, and ethical problems involved.

    1. It may be worth noting that, at least around here, Democrats have a lot of volunteers doing phone banking and text messaging.

  5. Sidney Blumenthal: Lindsey Graham, reverse ferret: how John McCain's spaniel became Trump's poodle [Click] The first paragraph particularly got my attention. Jaime Harrison might be someone to be reckoned with.

  6. More Battleground State Polls

    October 12, 2020 at 6:48 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

    From Reuters/Ipsos:
    PENNSYLVANIA: Biden 51%, Trump 44%
    WISCONSIN: Biden 51%, Trump 44%

    From Emerson College:
    FLORIDA: Biden 50%, Trump 47%

  7. OHIO: COVID, 170,179 cases and 5,005 deaths.

    My youngest and I dropped our absentee ballots off at the ballot drop box today. Both of us voted straight blue all the way.

  8. Journal of the American Medical Association article: Excess Deaths From COVID-19 and Other Causes, March-July 2020 [Click] It appears that excess deaths were about 50% more than attributed to or officially associated with Covid-19. I would say that means that the US has had well more than 300,000 deaths due to the pandemic.