AND SO IT GOES, Sept 29, 2020

THE DEBATE IS TONIGHT! For perspective, remember that

– 86% of voters say their minds are made up about who they will vote for. Just 14% say they are persuadable.

THAT NYT REPORT on Trump’s taxes as presented by the WAPO, right HERE.

AND the second installment is right HERE.

Is Joe on drugs? Prolly not. Read it HERE.


The Biden campaign is selling “I paid more income taxes than Donald Trump” stickers… (Twitter)

AND HERE”S THE REAL NEWS:

The Rock endorses Biden-Harris

Brian Lowry writes: “Sunday’s announcement about Dwayne Johnson’s ‘first public endorsement for a presidential candidate’ got me thinking: Few celebrities have tended to their images more carefully. It’s noteworthy that he would step into this space, and while there will inevitably be the customary warnings about alienating a portion of his audience, it’s hard to imagine all of those considerations weren’t taken into account (and seen as relatively toothless) before he opted to take a public stance…”

Enjoy yourself tonight!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Sept 27, 2020

Here’s how your fake President is leading us, From the WAPO, right HERE..

Guess Trump’s most unlovely progeny has some ‘splainin’ to do. Read about it HERE. Or again, HERE.

Fauci scolds Paul in tense exchange

This is the clip from Wednesday’s coronavirus hearing that is being played over and over again on news programs. In a tense exchange, Dr. Anthony Fauci scolded Sen. Rand Paul, saying that the senator had “misconstrued” the facts and had “done that repeatedly in the past.” When Paul suggested possible herd immunity in New York, Fauci replied, “You are not listening to what the director of the CDC said, that in New York it’s about 22%. If you believe 22% is herd immunity, I believe you’re alone in that.” Watch the full exchange here

— THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT COMMIT TO A PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER … WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Q: “Will you commit to making sure there’s a peaceful transferral of power after the election?” PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens, you know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster. … Get rid of the ballots and we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly. There will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.” More from NYT’s Michael Crowley

BUT ON THE OTHER HAND A WHOLE BUNCH OF SENIOR REPUBLICANS have said this morning there will be a peaceful transition of power come January if the president loses: Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL, Sen. ROB PORTMAN(Ohio),Sen. BEN SASSE(Neb.),Sen. CHUCK GRASSLEY (Iowa), Rep. STEVE STIVERS (Ohio). Sen. RICHARD SHELBY (R-Ala.) (via the Hill pool): “Well, we’ve always had a peaceful transfer of power, that’s one of the hallmarks, and I think this year will be no exception.”

California county debunks voting misinfo

Oliver Darcy writes: “A Friday morning headline on the right-wing blog The Gateway Pundit said that a California man had found ‘THOUSANDS of what appear to be unopened ballots’ in a ‘garbage dumpster.’ The site obviously portrayed this as nefarious and photos of the discarded ballots also spread on Twitter. Fast forward several hours later, the County of Sonoma tweeted, ‘Help us stop a false report. Someone posted pictures on the web showing empty Vote-by-Mail envelopes from Sonoma County in recycling bins. The pictures are of old empty envelopes from the November 2018 election that were disposed of as allowed by law.'”

PLACE YOUR BETS! Will OFP go peacefully or will he make a fool of himself (again). I vote the latter.

AND SO IT GOES, Sept 22, 2020

Everyone’s known for a long time that Dana Rorabacher was in Putin’s pocket. Read the whole mess HERE.

And remember this place? El Cholo? Anyone who ever lived in LA has an El Cholo story, including me . Nice to know some things don’t change. Read about it HERE;

AND THEY’RE BAAACK! Putin still wants to mess with your vote. Read it HERE.

AND SOME BUSINESSES are still opening up . Welcome to the Shake Shack in Westfield Mall. Wherever that is. Read about it HERE.

And Trump’s racism has been on open display for years. Read about it HERE.

And if you want more Hunter Biden, try THIS.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, September 20, 2020

Yet more new lows:

Donie O’Sullivan writes: “It’s hard to imagine American political discourse could get any more coarse…. But today the President retweeted a post that baselessly accused Joe Biden of being a pedophile, as Maegan Vazquez reported here. A Twitter rep told me the tweet ‘is currently not in violation of the Twitter rules.’ The spokesperson did not explain why. And… on the flipside, for some time today a hashtag suggesting Trump is a pedophile was the No. 2 trend in the US on Twitter…Will we still be in the toilet in November?

If you mistakenly think that young people are well-informed, try THIS

Or THIS: Oliver Darcy writes: “Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Biden said that ‘we cannot allow politics to interfere’ with science. Hours later, while speaking at his own press conference, Trump played right into his hand, repeatedly undermining his own CDC director. Trump claimed that Dr. Robert Redfield was wrong on the vaccine timeline and claimed Redfield was wrong to say masks could be more effective at slowing the spread of a virus than a vaccine. I thought this question from one reporter summed up how a lot of people feel: ‘How can the American people trust you on the pandemic when you’re contradicting the head of the CDC?'”

“‘We’re going to be doing a health care plan very strongly, and protect people with pre-existing conditions,’ Mr. Trump told her, adding, ‘I have it all ready, and it’s a much better plan for you, and it’s a much better plan.’ After four years, during the worst health crisis in a century, the unkept promise may be catching up to Mr. Trump. There still does not seem to be any plan, because other than abolishing the Affordable Care Act — which requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions and which the White House is asking the Supreme Court to overturn — the Republican Party cannot agree on one.” NYT

At Friday’s press conference, Jon Karl asked Trump about why he so often is questioning the people in his own government. “You criticized Christopher Wray … You obviously said that the CDC director was flat wrong on a couple of things this week. How is it that you don’t trust your own experts? Do you think you know better than they do?” Trump replied that in “many cases” he does.

Yes, he’s a lunatic.

In local news, the Surfside Burger Shack is for sale, for a relative pittance, and I wish the best to any brave soul who takes on a burger joint in these times. I only tried them once, I thought they were okay, but now that we have become In & Out fanatics, I’ll probably never be back. The bad parking doesn’t help.