“The video — which appears to show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sleeping as a TV news anchor repeats, “Wake up!” — was shared on Twitter by White House social media director Dan Scavino. But the video was fake. It was achieved by splicing together real footage of a 2011 interview between journalist Leyla Santiago, now of CNN, and entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte with footage of Biden looking down, his eyes appearing at least partially closed, to make it appear as if he were snoozing. An audio track of loud snoring was placed on the video to complete the effect. When the video was fact-checked by news outlets, including CNN, and eventually labeled as “manipulated media” by Twitter, prominent Trump supporters complained that it was an obvious joke and a meme…”
Plans were for this true tale to appear weekly, but the plot is unfolding so rapidly that this early chapter is necessitated. Reminder: The story will end Nov. 3 or later, in 2021, either as an adventure tale, a tragedy or an epitaph.
On this early autumn day of wildfires, pandemic, senate stonewalling, Barr pouting that congress was rude and interrupted him, it appears the president is getting bolder and bolder in his allegiance to authoritarian disdain for democracy. Meanwhile, every administrative puddle is being piddled in.
Our president refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if Biden wins, and threatens to override the FDA concerning early release of the vaccine.
Educational decisions; states’ rights abuses; freedom of speech attacks; “selling” leadership positions (as in the post office); failure to support our troops by denigrating them and failure to admit or oppose Putin’s paying for the scalps of American soldiers through bounties; political misuse of Trump’s pardoning power; sexual assault; misrepresenting facts (otherwise known as “lying,”); giving the military a portion of the coronavirus funds authorized for economic relief; championing white supremacy; fueling confrontations between segments of American citizens; putting and keeping children in cages; wanting protesters to be charged with insurrection; so pathetically immune to the truth that he gives himself an A or A+ on his handling of the corona virus plague which has already taken the lives of more than 200,000 Americans; and canceling funds for racial tolerance training, saying it is “Un-American.”…..
The days are ticking by until the denouement — 39 days to go if my math is correct. “We’ll put them down very quickly,” he said of any protesters (whom he calls rioters) on election day.
I’d really like to see a survey of why some Americans actually want to vote for Trump–not lying, but telling the truth, if they know it. . NEXT CHAPTER: What if the election is close and contested?
No one should be denied access to a homeless shelter because of who they are: On Friday, July 23, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule that would gut protections for transgender people seeking safe shelter. This rule would strip away current protections that prohibit federally-funded homeless shelters from discriminating against transgender people. The new rule permits shelters to discriminate, which will result in needless suffering and death. (O-blog-dee-O-blog-dah)
PREFACE – When we hop on this runaway train—destination November 3rd or later—we notice that it occurs during a worldwide pandemic, deteriorating economy and struggle for the nation’s soul. This story will have an ending—some month, some year—and at that time the reader will learn whether this was an adventure tale, a tragedy, or an epitaph.
CHAPTER ONE — Still technically a democracy—a woman recently mailed the president an intercepted poisoned ricin-laced letter—the day dawns with a struggle to fill a Supreme Court seat vacated only a week before by the death of its occupant, after Wisconsin had already begun the November third presidential election process. The CDC has just published and then retracted recommendations to safeguard lives from the corona virus, and the Post Office which has been busy ripping up public mail boxes has been told by the Court to undo its mischievous behavior. Deaths by police of African American citizens via the use of chokeholds has prompted nationwide demonstrations against racism, with the president sending in governmental troops to quell the “lawless.” Racial sensitivity training was halted by the president, who said it was “un American.” And one bright day only a week ago the president admitted he had hidden the ominous imminent danger of the corona virus—which was perched on the U.S. horizon—from the people, so they wouldn’t panic. At the same time he did nothing to lessen the impact of the approaching deadly pandemic. The unafraid public thus became sitting ducks.
Meanwhile, a group of patriotic republicans formed the Lincoln Brigade in order to influence the coming presidential election, which the president warned would be rigged, adding that he wasn’t sure if he would honor the results of the election or not, saying “We’ll see.” The drama unfolds while in the wings–and throughout the United States–pandemic deaths escalate. Today it is sunshiny where I write, but as a nation more than 200,000 have already died in this the former land of plenty. The deaths of those who didn’t panic continue. Indeed, where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing.
TO BE CONTINUED AS THE MYSTERY UNFOLDS AND PICKS UP SPEED
I just added something to my Journaling page about keeping a journal during the pandemic and decided it was a good idea, so today I’m beginning my Corona Virus Journal. Ann Frank did it, and so can I…try. I also re-read my post on that page about a trip abroad in 1961 containing many identifiable place names and saw how much that added to the posting. SO, I decided to record actual happenings along with places, persons and dates in the journal, which I am beginning today. On pages, entries usually occur at the end of the page, so that’s where I will post. Knowing me as I do, I’ll probably add a tad about my own riding out the storm.
POSTSCRIPT – Scratch this. I was unable to post the diary on my page.
“In an absolute political wipeout of a press conference Thursday, Donald Trump argued that journalist Bob Woodward should have “immediately” warned the American people about how dangerous the coronavirus was, and also admitted that China was more honest about the virus than he was.
Asked why he didn’t tell the public the virus was airborne, Trump responded: “If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad, then he should have immediately, right after I said it, gone out to the authorities so they can prepare and let them know.” –Excerpt from Daily Kos by Kerry Eleveld