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The MAGA Magoos are in denial about the COVID virus' contagion

(Sorry, I donít use the term MAGAt). The Corona virus has no politics and doesnít care what QAnon says or if Donnie is still in the White House.

I fear that some people are going to learn hard lessons the same way their lateral ancestors learned about Yellow Fever, Cholera, and Smallpox. Unfortunately they can spread it to the rest of us.

And their ailing friends and loved ones can say: ďOh, Magoo! Youíve done it again!ď

Some people vote for the guy they think is the most popular

Itís a habit that all too many people form in primary school: theyíll vote for the guy they think is the most popular because heís popular and they think it will make them popular too, whether or not Mr. Popularity will be good to them or not. Iím afraid that itís a trait all too deeply ingrained into our primate psychology, and that too many people resort to the idea first rather than doing a little cogitation before they vote.

When a man shows you who he really is, believe him

This life lesson remains true even if right-wingers donít like Maya Angelou.

One of the things I'm looking forward to discovering after this election is just how "fired up"

the Republican voters were in Texas this year. Were they all really ready to come out and strike a blow against us Devil-horned and cloven-hoofed ďLibrulsĒ or did they decide that they wouldnít have to work that hard this go-round?

I think itís likely that the long-foreseen but never actualized Blue Wave may finally have happened, but we wonít know until the Lone Star Stateís votes are counted.

I voted yesterday. A lot of people in line.

Early voting had started Tuesday morning here in Travis County, Texas and I decided to risk it on Wednesday. Voter turnout was high enough in my part of Austin that I had to wait about an hour or so before I could cast my ballot. Most of my wait was outdoors, often under shade trees and the breeze reducing the chances for catching the bug. I only spent the last 7 to 20 minutes indoors and I was masked up and gloved.

I havenít checked figures for todayís turnout, but if this trend continues, I believe that Texas branch of Club Pachyderm may have The rudest surprise theyíve had in years.

That couldnít happen to a more deserving bunch.

Say It Out Loud: Vendepatria

I am a Texas-born-and-raised non-Floridian Anglo. Like many Democrats, I am disturbed by the lack of voter enthusiasm for Joe Biden.

Despite my unease, I think at least some folks at Bidenís campaign headquarters are trying. Comparing Donnie to the long, Sorry line of Latin-American strongmen was a clever move that I doubt previous campaigns ever thought of (itís also a valid comparison, BTW).

Still, I think there is one more issue that Democrats and progressives ought to use when appealing to Latino voters: Donnie is a Vendepatria.

I donít doubt that most American-born Latinos are as fiercely patriotic as Bubba and Becky Lou. So are naturalized Latino immigrants. All of us put love of country first and ferociously oppose handing it over to greed heads and foreign interests. We all agree on country first.

Does Donald Trump. I donít think he does, and itís a point we should also hammer home. They might not understand it at Mer a Lago, but the rest of us do.

Letís not pull our punches.

Edit: Vendepatria means seller (out) of the homeland.

I'd say Donnie's party is closer to Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist Party

than it is to the old Soviet Unionís Communist Party. But itís not a fashionable thing for an American observer to say anywhere on the American political spectrum.

Still A Shining City On A Hill? Is A Powerful Ad

One that ought to give a hard jolt to at least some of the Republicans and Independents whoíve reflexively voted Republican over the years.

Yeah, yeah, Iíve heard progressives stand up and growl when they see or hear video of Ronald Wilson Whatís-his-name (You know, the guy who narrated Death Valley Days) appears on the screen. This is all well and good, it shows your progressive principles and all, BUT

For gosh sakes, people, that ad isnít written to target us. That ad is written for right-wingers who are still capable of partially overcoming cognitive dissonance and who still try to practice at least some compassion.

That ad probably wonít click with the majority of Trumpies. OTOH, it can very well peel away enough Republican voters for decency to win in November.

The Trumpie version of Deadheads

Except that the risks of going to see Jerry Garciaís band were far less. OK, you might get busted for grass (or run out), your tickets might be bogus, you might get sunburn (if the concert was held outside during daylight), you MIGHT get Mono (if you encountered the right fellow-deadhead), but you didnít risk catching an airborne virus that could kill ya.

Considering how the Incumbent Insane Clown Posse is so forthcoming

Old-style Kremlinology may be the only resource weíll have for determine Orange Juliusí real state of health. If. Father Pence is seen entering the WH with a tape measure, we might be able to guess that change might be afoot.
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