Friday, August 21, 2020

Perfectly normal

"On September 5, 1933, a Category 3 hurricane made landfall at Brownsville, Texas.  At the same hour...a tropical storm moved ashore at Cedar Key, Florida..."

We can do better than that.  A hurricane named Laura and an as-yet-unnamed tropical depression are in the Atlantic, predicted to be aimed at the Gulf Coast.  Forecasters think Chauvin, Louisiana, may experience both of them.  Isn't that something?

The west could use some storms, as large parts of it are on fire.  Years of drought have a lot to do with it, and of course failure to rake the forests as they do in Finland.  (They don't.)  Before grudgingly releasing FEMA funds, Trump told some cultists in Pennsylvania,  "I said, you gotta clean your floors...Maybe we're just going to have to make them pay for it, because they don't listen to us."  Then he began ranting about sharks, for some unfathomable reason.

Lou Dobbs has not signed on with QAnon (maybe next week) but he's a firm believer in the "deep state" and blames it for persecuting Steve Bannon.  The same deep state that Bannon himself once said was "for nut cases," not a bad description of Dobbs.  We now know more about the yacht where Bannon was arrested:  It's called the Lady May and it's up for sale, a steal at $27.9 million.  The current owner is Guo Wengui  alias Miles Kwok, wanted in China for money laundering, bribery and fraud.  A former business associate is also suing him in New York for rape.   He was set to be deported from the US as a Chinese spy until Trump found out he's a paid-up member at Mar a Lago.  This is how the Shallow State conducts business, and Lou Dobbs is fine with it.

Joseph DeAngelo, the Golden State Killer, received twelve life sentences yesterday for thirteen murders and dozens of rapes committed while he was a police officer.  I bring that up in case Defund the Police can use it in future.

Do you believe in miracles?  Sexy thing Mike Pence does.  He thinks a miraculous vaccine or two is "around the corner" and it's all down to Trump.  Hallelujah.

"There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.  He didn't go as far as Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), who called it "the mental gonorrhea of conspiracy theories.  It's disgusting, and you want to get rid of it as fast as possible."  Riggleman will be gone in January when the knuckle draggers of the Georgia 14th send Marjorie Taylor Greene to Congress; McCarthy probably won't.  But will there be a whole QAnon caucus by then?  And why does Riggleman sound like an expert on clap?

Cecilia Fulbright is not currently running for Congress, although in Texas, who knows?  Neither is she waiting for The Event, or whatever QAnon calls its apocalypse.   She likes to get hammered and pursue people she believes are pedophiles around Waco, ramming them with her car.  It's as I told you -- someone sent her Q qrap as a joke and she took it seriously.  This is not funny.  Although I enjoyed the part about aliens powering her 1984 Pontiac.

Joe Biden's acceptance speech got high marks from Chris Wallace, Dana Perino and even Karl Rove last night.  (Laura Ingraham called it "fairly well delivered.")  It looks like Fox News is preparing for life AD (after Donzo).   More to the point, the necessity of a virtual convention was a boon to Biden, who is most effective in a low-key, one-on-one setting.  Ninety years ago Franklin Roosevelt figured out that the new medium of radio would allow him to communicate conversationally in the wildly popular "fireside chats," while Hitler and Mussolini were still yelling at crowds in vast arenas.  Guess which method Trump favors.

We won't have to guess, because The Leader is supposed to address all four sessions of the Republican convention next week.  As of today, the RNC has not announced other speakers.  Do you suppose there will be any?

In the meantime, enjoy this hilarious campaign video spoof from Comedy Central, narrated by the legendary Steve Buscemi.  I have to start watching The Daily Show again.


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