Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

Postal Disservice

The mail will figure large in this upcoming election. Pumpkin rails against mail-in voting but then tells people to use absentee balloting, which is handled by… mail.

His new Postmaster-General, Louis DeJoy, is beyond corrupt.

Click through for NBC News story

Already I am seeing online reports of serious delays in non-junk mail. (story here) Small retail businesses who use the USPS for shipping are especially hard hit. I know the plural of anecdote is not data, but this “tracks” (as the kids online like to say).

If the Rethuglicans choke off the mail, they can make sure to count only the votes they want (editorial from Portland). And democracy in the US will be finished, drowned in a sea of lost or delayed mail-in ballots.

Liberal Bias

Put in a search in your favorite search engine for “universities make leftists” and see the array of shrill right-wing hate speech that pops up.

Reality has a well-known liberal bias, after all.

Nurses are the Heroes

My daughter-in-law, K, is a nurse who is on the front lines at a major US teaching and research hospital, treating COVID-19 patients.

Here’s an interview with another nurse who has not yet been sent to “the front.”

Click through for an interview with a nurse in the UK

The orders can come at any time. K was happily doing completely different work and one day a supervisor told her to organize her area for the existing patients to be moved out and a batch of COVID-19 patients moving in.

I don’t feel any different than if she were an infantry soldier in a “hot” war zone. That’s a blend of pride, fear and mostly a disgust at the idiot whose idiotic decisions led to the unnecessary danger she’s in.

Idiot

Priorities

While their heart is in the right place, Pumpkin just can’t expect the local police to coordinate on a national scale for the advancement of fascist dictatorship. They aren’t really built for it.

Naturally, the kind of police violence that makes racists feel safer for a minute is a top priority, certainly over doing anything at all about a pandemic or the economic well-being of people with net worth under eight digits. But to provide the kind of distraction they need with an election three months away, it has to be coordinated on a national scale.

Lucky for him, the PATRIOT Act’s funding of military equipment being lavished on “law enforcement” was not restricted to local and state departments. So, a Gestapo is born. After a smash hit run in Portland, watch for the grand opening this week in Chicago.

And coming soon to YOUR city.

Seeger Had a Dream

Yes this has been covered a hundred times, and Pete didn’t write it. But we need this now. Because make no mistake – we’re at war.

Pumpkin has declared war on America and on the Constitution. May the abject failure utter refusal of the Senate Rethuglicans to do their job in removing him in January come back to haunt them tenfold.

And yes, I forgot it was Waltz Wednesday four days ago. This is catch-up.

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