Biden Won

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I’ve considered it one of my duties as a citizen to stay informed.  I try to get a balance of media, and one element of that has been the NBC evening news.  I try to watch even when I don’t agree with them, but I’ll shut it off when it becomes overly tiresome.

This spring and summer, though, I found myself wanting to throw something through the TV screen.  And for a month and half after Election Day, I simply stopped watching.  I found myself disagreeing not with the facts they presented, but their interpretation, which was presented as if it were fact.  If you disagree that Mount Rushmore is evil because it was built on stolen land, and Trump is evil for speaking there, as we were told around Independence Day, then you yourself must be evil.

More recently, we’ve been told about President Trump’s baseless accusations of election fraud.  The word ‘baseless’ is never omitted, as if we’re forbidden to consider what happened.

Let’s consider it, shall we?  Since the mainstream media won’t even hint that the elections were anything other than squeaky clean, I’ll have to use my alternative news feeds and gut instincts.

  • Was there election fraud in the 2020 Presidential election?  Almost certainly.  It was run by humans, wasn’t it?
  • Was there election fraud sufficient to turn a state from one candidate to the other?  I think so.  I was sure that Pennsylvania would go for Trump, but it didn’t happen, and there were reports of ballots appearing in the middle of the night, and poll watchers denied access.  There are reports of similar events in other swing states.
  • Can you prove it?  Every murderer on Columbo dares the detective to prove he did it, although they don’t say that out loud.  But Lieutenant Columbo is trying to unravel a relatively simple personal crime, has all the time in the world, and has a compelling interest in getting to the bottom of things.  In this case, we have something far more complicated, which must be resolved in the eleven weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day, and there’s a compelling interest in sweeping it all under the rug.  I’m not an election official: it isn’t my job.  But there’s plenty of anecdotal and statistical evidence that something was afoot.
  • If you can’t prove it, that means it didn’t happen!  That’s what’s presumed in a criminal trial.  If a person is tried for murder and acquitted, the rest of society must presume the defendant was innocent.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the police and prosecutor can’t go after the defendant again.  But that doesn’t change the fact that the murder happened, and the reality of who the perpetrator might have been.  In the case of the elections, it’s more than fair to keep questioning and keep looking.  That President Trump’s partisans did not prevail on court does not mean that nothing untoward happened.  It only means they couldn’t develop adequate proof in the available time.
  • OK, then: who did win the election?  If I had superpowers, and I could count all the votes, excluding the finagled ones, that would be easy.  But all I can do is speculate, the same as everyone else.  I can’t say for sure that Trump would have won if only the valid votes were counted, and were counted accurately.  So I’ll default to the official result, and acknowledge that Biden won.
  • If you acknowledge that Biden won fair and square, what are you yammering about?  I didn’t say that Biden won fair and square.  There are other ways besides fraud and vote-count shenanigans to manipulate an election.  Some of them are even legal.  That doesn’t make them right.

And while Joe Biden won the election and is now the President-Elect, Joe Biden the candidate didn’t win: it was, for lack of a better term, Joe Biden the movement.  But even that doesn’t quite capture it, because, as far as I can tell, Joe Biden himself had very little to do with it.  We need to understand that, and come to terms with what it means.

We now come to the events of 6 January, when Congress’s efforts to finalize the election results were delayed by what has been described as a riot or an insurrection, when some number ‘breached’ the Capitol and interfered with Congress’s deliberations.  Five died in the events: one woman was shot by a Capitol Police officer; a Capitol Police officer died from injuries resulting from getting hit by a fire extinguisher; two died from medical conditions; and one death hasn’t been further described in the media.  If someone had been killed by an armed private citizen, commonly referred to as a ‘gun nut,’ I’m sure we would have heard about it.

President Trump has been impeached yet again for his remarks that day. The news media have all been presenting this as a dastardly effort by Trump to subvert the will of the American people, not to be considered as anything else.  So, once again, off we go:

  • Was it an insurrection?  No.  An ‘insurrection’ presumes a plan by its leaders to wrest control from lawful authority and do something.  There’s no evidence of a plan beyond making noise and breaking things.  (If there were a serious plan, we’d never hear the end of it!)
  • Was it a riot?  I think that’s a fair characterization, although as riots go, on a scale of 1 to 10, it was about a 3.  The property damage, compared to the riots last spring, was minimal, and Congress got back to business after a few hours.
  • Did Trump incite the crowd?  Incitement to riot is a well-defined crime.  It must be well-defined because it exists alongside the First Amendment right to free speech.  By that measure, no, Trump did not incite the crowd.   But then again, anything that Trump would have said apart from an abject admission of defeat (and even then!) would have been considered incitement by the opposition.
  • How many participated?  That’s the real question.  Tens of thousands were there for what was almost certainly President Trump’s last rally, and to protest the election results, but how many were there to make trouble?  Some fraction of those who ‘breached’ the Capitol were in fact admitted as visitors (Trump regalia and all!) by the Capitol Police.  There weren’t very many actual rioters, and a little mayhem goes a long way.  The US attorney for the District of Columbia noted that ‘at least 170 people’ were suspect.  That seems a more realistic figure.  What’s galling is that the news media are perfectly happy, if not eager, to conflate the handful of troublemakers with the vast majority who were peaceful and entirely within their rights.
  • Was it appropriate to protest that day?  Absolutely.  Perhaps the Trump partisans are misguided in their beliefs, but that doesn’t diminish their rights.  The Democrats protested Trump’s election and inauguration: sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

It seems pointless to impeach a President who will be out of office anyway later in the month.  It remains to be seen whether the Senate will continue the process to remove a President who will have already left office.  The intent seems to be to pound Trump into the ground, perhaps to prevent him from running again in 2024 (at which point, he’ll be older than Biden is now, and if Trump is the only alternative to the Democrats at that point, we’ve got other problems), but more as a grim warning: this is what happens if you don’t govern the way the cool kids think you ought to govern.

An Update on my life

Plumbing.

Well it’s a New Year—2021, and so I am giving an update on my life. To begin with, I had to buy a new handle for my outside-faucet. The plumber supplied it, and the price was $72 for a basic plastic knob to turn on the water. My original faucet-handle was stolen, and so I was forced to pay this amount. I could not just use a standard faucet handle because, well—it’s a specialty product, I suppose. I can’t imagine it cost more than two dollars to make, and so the company that makes it made a good profit on me—thanks to the creepy neighbor who stole my faucet handle. The plumber had to come and service some two-other-things, and so I divided the plumbing-service-call by three. One of those other things was that the plumber had to replace a part inside the faucet because it had been damaged by the painter—who came out to power-wash the house. The amount that the power-washing cost will have the amount of plumbing-service-call, and the replacement part for the faucet-interior-part, subtracted from the total power-washing bill. I should note that the power-washing needs to be redone because it was not done properly. UGH! I also had a new ‘flapper’ installed in the toilet in the main-bathroom, but the problem may be that the fill-valve is sticking. I will have to monitor the situation. The kitchen faucet is dripping, but I will have to order the parts. The plumber wrote down the parts-numbers on the bill. He will come back, minus the trip-charge, to install them.

“Thanksgiving”, “Christmas“, And “NewYear’s Day“.

I FaceTimed My sister and brother-in-law and nephew for Thanksgiving. For Christmas they came to my house, but on Wednesday, 12/23/2020. This was because of poor weather predicted for Friday, 12/25/2020. It was again my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew who celebrated Christmas with me. We had roast beef, and mashed potatoes— but no Yorkshire puddings because my sister forgot to pack ‘the mix‘ before they came up. On Friday they made the Yorkshire puddings, and they turned out well. I was able to FaceTime them to observe this as a factual event. Last years Yorkshire puddings did not turn out so well! LOL! :-)! I also FaceTimed them on New Year’s Day. They had ‘Pork, and Sauerkraut‘. It, like all of the food they cook—looked delicious. My nephew was spending New Year’s with a friend, and so missed out on what was a very-delicious New Year’s Day meal. I wish I could have had some of that meal. :-)!

“Covid-19“.

My nephew had recovered from “Covid-19” before he came up for our Christmas dinner. But, his sense of taste-and-smell are only at the 50% -level according to him. I am glad he is as healthy as he is, but I do hope he is able to recover his sense of taste-and-smell to 100%.

“Apple”.

I use an Apple iPad. My sister got it for me so that I could have a newer version of the iPad. My previous iPad, that my sister paid for, had 64 GB of memory. This one has 32. The problem is 58% of that 32 GB is taken up by the operating-system (iOS). This is ridiculous! My general view is that when it comes to operating systems they should take-up no more than 30% of the total-memory, of any respective device. If I look at this operating-system-me,overy-usage, then that means that “Apple” should only sell any respective “Apple” device with at least 64 GB of memory on it. Needless to say, I am now going to probably buy a different type of smart-phone—when I finally get one—then an “Apple” smart-phone. This isn’t the only problem I have with “Apple”. I went to upgrade my software at the “Apple Store”, and I found that there was also a problem with how long it would take to download the software-upgrade. It would take four hours. I would have to sit in the mall for four hours! Please! This is nuts! Fortunately for me, my “Apple iPad“ had not downloaded enough of the operating-system-update that it would cause me a problem if I stopped downloading it, then-and-there. So that is what I did. I just stopped downloading it. I did order an external-drive to store my photographs on, while I was at the Apple store. It took a few days to get here, and now I’m finally going to download my photographs, and sundry—from my iPad. I was rather upset to find out, while I was at the “Apple Store“, that I could not delete photos from the “iCloud”. They are there—Forever! I do not know what to think about this ‘rule’ that “Apple” has made concerning the “iCloud”.

My Health.

I have scheduled my hemorrhoid -surgery for Monday, 03/01/2021. I will try to have the same person who drove-and-accompanied me to my colonoscopy appointment, to also take me to my Hemorrhoid-surgery. I am also having my generic-Synthroid dosage lowered. I will see if it has a negative-effect on my daily-functioning. I was supposed to have lowered it sooner, but I forgot. I should note that I have memory problems. So now my endocrinologist is probably having a heart-attack, because she believes my TSH-Level is really low in spite of taking a lower-dosage of generic-Synthroid. I have to tell her that I have not taken a lower-dosage. This is in order to stop her from, well, freaking out. I wish I had a better memory.

My Lawn-mowing Person.

I’m going to have to find a new person to mow my lawn. A friend of my late-mother’s has a person who may be able to mow my lawn. I hope so. First, my lawn-mowing person didn’t send me two-invoices (via-email) so I could keep track of how many times he had mowed my lawn. This is because I always pay in advance for about six lawn-mowings. Well, I still owe him $60.00, but I emailed him and said that unless he emails me the two-invoices he will not get the $60.00 I owe him. If there’s one thing I don’t like it is ‘sloppiness‘. Especially sloppiness in billing. It doesn’t take a genius to do good-billing, but in spite of that it does seem that very many people in my area do not have the talent to do proper billing. I think we have, as a society, become very sloppy. I would say that’s the big problem with America today. I should note, near the end of the season I had to have his people come back and mow areas that they chose not to do. This was in spite of the fact that they’ve been mowing the lawn all summer long. As I said, I have to just get a new lawn-mowing person to mow my yard.

‘Dude’, and ‘IAM’.

I often wonder what happened to ‘Dude’, and “It’s All Madness”. I wonder, is there any way someone could contact them? I would love to hear what they have been up to.

A special thank-you, to you “Brooklyn Guy”, for having this ‘blog’. “Happy New Year” to you, “New Wave Princess”, and anyone else who reads this! :-)!

New Year 2021

2020 is over.  Finally.

The ball dropped in Times Square last night, but the public was kept out, with attendance limited to the TV crews and performers, and a handful of first responders.  The guy on NBC kept prattling on about his thoughts while the ball was dropping; someone must have finally gotten his attention about 15 seconds before midnight so they could finally focus on the main event.

While 2020 is thankfully over, alas, I don’t see the emergency ending anytime soon.

We have two vaccines against Covid that became available in December, which in itself is a fantastic achievement.  But wait!  There’s now a ‘super-Covid’ strain against which the vaccine may or may not be effective, and we’re now told that while the vaccine may protect the person who receives it against getting sick, it won’t prevent that person from spreading the virus asymptomatically.  So even if we all get vaccinated, the masks, social distancing, and occasional lockdowns for shits and grins will still go on.

For now, unless some makes me, I’ll pass on the vaccine.  As far as I can tell, Covid is perhaps a couple of ticks more severe than the Hong Kong flu that was a thing when I was a kid.  The Hong Kong flu killed perhaps 100,000 in the United States (160,000 or so adjusting for population between then and now), but at the time we didn’t have overly sensitive PCR tests to genetically identify the virus (or non-functional fragments thereof), and didn’t have a political interest in emphasizing the worst, including fussing over asymptomatic transmission.

Nevertheless, here we are, with a politically weaponized virus that served to take down a President.  I acknowledge that Joe Biden won the election, but not that he won fair and square.

My son voted for Biden, not believing the radical progressive rhetoric, thinking that he would govern as a moderate Democrat, rather like Bill Clinton.  If I had believed that, I might have voted for Biden myself.  If Biden and Harris ultimately govern as moderates, it would mean that the entire electorate, the Democrats and Republicans, the liberals and conservatives, had all been played (except, maybe, my son).

I hope my son is right.  Meanwhile, Uncle Joe has told us to look forward to a dark winter.