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What Frightens me About the Texas Lawsuit

I know it is ludicrous on legal matters but I have a hard time dismissing it for this reason.

5

That is the number of people standing between it and success. Five Supreme Court justices that are not reasonable people. Five SC justices that are hyper partisan. Three of which owe their job to Trump. My fear has gotten worse when I see multiple states and hundreds of politicians piling on to give the Supreme Court political cover.

Even though I expect it to fail, I find myself fearful that the line of defense comes down to these five people that I do not trust.

I would add that I never thought they would interfere in 2000 either and I was blindsided when they did. So I don't take anything for granted.

As a related topic, are we even going to talk about whether the Trump appointees should recuse themselves? I know it is a non-starter but it seems painfully obvious to me that they should. Especially Barrett who was expressly appointed by Trump to protect him.

I hate these assholes.

College football player out with myocarditis from COVID-19

Miami Hurricanes CB Al Blades Jr. to miss remainder of season with myocarditis

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-hurricanes/fl-sp-um-football-al-blades-20201208-5iq5hibplrfunj3wjxqu7vjir4-story.html

Miami Hurricanes junior cornerback Al Blades Jr. will miss the remainder of the season with myocarditis, he announced Tuesday night.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and one of the potential complications from COVID-19.

“As of last week, I was going through COVID protocols when doctors had some concerns about my bloodwork,” Blades wrote in a Twitter post. “After undergoing an MRI on my heart, I have been diagnosed with myocarditis. This will cause me to be out for a minimum of three months.

“It hurts to not to be out there with my brothers, but I will always be a Hurricane. I’m looking forward to returning to the field in 2021.”


This was always the fear of putting young people at risk to resume sports. Of course, he could have been exposed in his regular life even if he never played football this year. Only time will tell if this is a long term problem or just an extended recovery.

I have been on record as supporting Football coming back. I would be hypocritical not to recognize that this was potentially a mistake. We will see.

As a Hurricanes alumnus, I wish Al Blades Jr. the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

What now for Pete Buttigieg?

First let me say that I am more than happy with Biden picks so far. It is refreshing to read resumes and feel like I am in good hands. While many of the names have been unknown to me, I always figured that would be the case. We at DU loved the speculation game but I always laughed to myself when the only people considered seemed to be the other Presidential Primary candidates.

Having said that, I have been holding out hope that they find a worthy spot for Mayor Pete. He has been such a good surrogate for Biden and has been willing to go directly into the belly of the beast at FOX. Frankly, I think he is just too damn smart and politically talented to waste. And unlike many of the others discussed (Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren, etc.), he is currently a free agent without a position to put his talents to use.

Personally, I had thought he would make a great chief of staff as a place where his talents could really be put to use. But I completely understand why the long term relationship and trust that Biden has with Klain makes perfect sense.

Secondarily, I thought the Press Secretary role would be good. He is excellent at that but would probably not utilize his full potential. I even felt like the United Nations or Secretary of State would be a possibility but agree that the highly qualified career diplomats are a better choice there.

I know the cabinet isn't full yet and I think he could perform well in virtually any of them. But I have not seen hid name linked to any of those positions so I don't think it is even being considered. Not to mention, the Biden Administration's laudible goal of diversity is certainly working against him.

Part of this is that I would like to see some resume building career path for him. Coming out of Indiana will make it difficult for him to rise through statewide office. I would like to see him in the Federal Government just to see what his upside might be.

At this point, I could see him landing at a think-tank or network commentator. Which would be fine but I think would underutilize his abilities and stall his career path.

So what do you think? Is there a place for him in the Biden Administration? What does his future hold?

So I have a question about Campaign Finance Laws

So this article got me to thinking

https://www.salon.com/2020/12/04/rncs-highest-paid-vendor-of-the-2020-election-a-mystery-company-formed-nine-months-ago/

In a nutshell, large outlays to a sketchy company that has no track record or accountability.

Of course the implication here is that this is done to hide the ultimate destination of where the money is going. The mind immediate leaps to the question of whether the actual investment was spent on campaign elements like ads or whether it ended up in somebody's pocket.

But I am asking myself couldn't the inverse also be true. What if a company like this was actually run by a rich scumbag (say Rebekka Mercer) who wanted to outlay more money than legally allowed directly helping a campaign. Couldn't she set up a company like this, absorb some amount of actual campaign cash and then use it as a smoke screen to spend much more than that. Do we have any way of knowing that an outfit like this didn't actually spend $100 million compared to the $42 million they took in?

The former is a grift against a campaigns donors which ultimately only hurts the campaign itself. The latter would be a circumvention of federal law and would hurt all of us.
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