Trump’s Pennsylvania law suit thrown out of court.

From the opinion . . .

“In this action, the Trump Campaign and the Individual Plaintiffs
(collectively, the “Plaintiffs”) seek to discard millions of votes legally cast by
Pennsylvanians from all corners – from Greene County to Pike County, and everywhere in between. In other words, Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated. One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.

That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence. In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more. At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which
relief may be granted.

Therefore, I grant Defendants’ motions and dismiss Plaintiffs’ action with prejudice.”

The Hydroxychloroquine Story

A very thorough and interesting re-cap of the science and politics of hydroxychloroquine. It is a long read but puts the various claims and studies – pro and con – into perspective.

GOP is now officially the party of chickenshit.

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/02/930365888/federal-judge-dismisses-effort-to-throw-out-drive-through-votes-in-houston

I refer – this time – to their attempt in state and federal court to throw out 127,000 Houston ballots because they were cast in those early voting drive-thru set-ups to minimize the spread of the virus. They lost in the Texas Supreme Court and have now lost in Federal Court. Next stop could be SCOTUS where Trump thinks he has the votes to overturn the choice of the people. We will see.

Trump rallies are killers.

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3722299

Careful regression analysis of the impact of 18 Trump rallies by Stanford University researchers concludes that approximately 30,000 cases of Covid-19 and approximately 700 deaths were the direct result of the large mask-free gatherings. These are cases and deaths that would not have occurred absent these rallies.

The tragic thing is that anyone who believes the very basic science could have – and should have – seen this tragic outcome as very likely. Sponsoring such gatherings amounts to criminal negligence if not manslaughter. Trump’s dismissal of this KNOWN science is why we are now going through the roof on new Covid-19 cases and are locked into avoidable deaths of a thousand or more per day for the foreseeable future.

The Last Hurrah of the man who created modern “conservatism.”

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/10/rush-limbaugh-donald-trump-right-wing-media.html

A look back at the career of Rush Limbaugh. Of local interest, Rush is identified as the source of some of the fizzling “bombshells” that have been aired on this forum.

I will resist the temptation to editorialize about the corrosive role that Rush has played in the civic and political life of our country. His career speaks for itself.

The long, insightful and very interesting retrospective end with this . . .

“This is the right wing we’re stuck with, even if Trump loses, even after Limbaugh dies. And a Biden victory can only make it worse, for there is nothing conservative media like more than playing the victim. Spinning spurious grievances into bullshit extending beyond the horizon is the quintessential talk-radio trick. Limbaugh pioneered it. Trump perfected it. It’s a potent, brilliant idea that will outlive them both.”

Yet another massive Trump scandal!

For those who do not subscribe or have used up your free quota, the story is that Turkey’s state-owned bank was funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to Iran in violation of American sanctions. The Southern District of New York was in the process of investigating and prosecuting the individuals behind this crime when AG Barr tweeted that SDNY Prosecutor Geoffrey Berman had abruptly resigned. You may recall that Berman threw the bullshit flag on that tweet and that he had no intention of resigning. So Barr fired him.

This report reveals the reason for that firing. Trump buddy Erdogan had been pressing Trump to quash this investigation because members of his own family were making millions with these Iran transactions. Berman would not go along. It is noteworthy that the SDNY investigation pre-dated Trump and that Erdogan directly asked Biden and Obama to remove the prosecutor who was then running the case. They politely, but firmly, refused to interfere.

Why is Trump so eager to please the Turkish dictator? That is anyone’s guess, but we do know that Trump has extensive business interests in Turkey generating millions in profits. Is there something more?

In a normal Presidency this would be a massive “October Surprise” that would destroy Trump’s chances – working with criminals to funnel money to Iran. Good grief. But this is not a normal Presidency. What is another scandal among so many.

In case you missed it.

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/ossoff-blames-sen-perdue-for-insider-trading-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-94914629603

This piece of video from the recent Senatorial debate between Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff and Republican Senator David Perdue has gone viral. In it, Ossoff very sharply calls out Senator Perdue for his votes to end the ACA and its protections for pre-existing conditions and neatly puts it in a frame consisting of Republican lies about Covid-19 and personal profiteering with insider knowledge of how serious the pandemic was going to be. Perdue’s response paraphrased – “You are a socialist.”

By way of background, Ossoff is referring to the scandal where several GOP Senators – including Perdue – were caught making stock transactions based on private security briefings about the pandemic while still soft-pedaling the danger to the public.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Congressional_insider_trading_scandal

Breaking news : Perdue has pulled out of the final scheduled debate.