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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Salon, We're Still Here in Election Limboland

Beautiful fall walk yesterday in our neighborhood

Weather: Beautiful with blue skies, Saturday, perfect fall walking weather. Sunday overcast with while skies and much cooler.

Family News: Ian and Jamie visited several times this week with their mommy. Ian, a three-year-old, is so imaginative. He and I took a hot-tub soak together midday and played at all kinds of imaginary story-lines including making the maple tree seed pods into tiny wings so we could fly away.

 Jamie playing with Grandpa. They have such a special relationship. Don't you love the hair?

Books:

  • Completed
    • How We Got to the Moon:  The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure by John Rocco--- The author/illustrator created the book he wished he had as a kid. I loved every aspect of this book, the only book that my harried brain could attend to, even if it was for only a few pages a day. The illustrations are so helpful in explaining aspects of the Apollo program at every stage. For every level of readers, not just kids.
    • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy---love, love, love this little illustrated book full of wisdom. This is a book I want to own.
    • The Witch Doesn't Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace---a poetry collection full of lots of triggers around sexual assault, righteous female anger toward men, the perpetrator. Unfortunately I reacted negatively to all the anger more than I did to the awful topic. That is a problem if the medium is worse than the subject. I do not recommend it. 
    • The Psalms: An Artist's Impression by Anneke Kaai---This big book was donated to our church library. I loved the paraphrased versions of the Psalms but the art, which was the point of the project, didn't do much for me.
  • Currently reading
    •  Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo---a book club selection set in Nigeria. The main character's husband takes a second wife since she hasn't gotten pregnant in the first four years of their marriage. Her attempts to get pregnant lead to mental illness. This is all set against the horrors of a government gone wrong. (Print, 38%)
    • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood---my second turn on the library audiobook. It is a long story with a book within a book in it. I wish the action moved more quickly. Maybe this is why, years ago, I set it aside. (Audiobook, 53%)
    • The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas---an exciting and culturally enlightening book about a family of boys who guard the cemetery and guide those spirits who are lingering home. The YA book blogging world is buzzing about this one. (E-Book, 11%)
  • Book Club --- both of my book clubs have to be canceled due to state restrictions on meetings. Even though we planned to meet outside, the allowed number---five---made it unattractive for the effort. Stay With Me will be set aside by the SOTH group for a future month if the club desires. The Vanishing Half will be discussed by the RHS group in January. Sigh.

Good News: Don had to "talk-me-off-the-ledge" several times this week as the Trump team have continued to make attempts at stealing the election and it seemed like those attempts were getting traction. At one point I didn't think I'd find any good news this week, but I did! Thanks, Don, for keeping me grounded.

1. Georgia finished its recount and the result was the same. They certified their election results. Biden wins the state.


2. "Democracy fights back. Lawsuit alleges that Trump violated the Voting Rights Act." A lawsuit filed yesterday seeks to bring an end to such racist games in vote certification.  Three black voters in Detroit and the Michigan Welfare Rights organization filed THIS LAWSUIT accusing Donald Trump individually, and his campaign, of violating the Voting Rights Act. (DailyKos)

The complaint alleges that the Trump Campaign has “openly discussed their strategy of disenfranchising voters in Detroit and Wayne County.”  The complaint quotes Rudy Giuliani appearing to do just that in his press conference where he claimed what he described as “illegitimate ballots”  that stunningly “were all cast basically in Detroit that Biden won 80-20.“ Giuliani asserted “it changes the result of the election in Michigan, if you take out Wayne County.”  Yes, if you just don’t count the votes of black people, everything changes. 

3. "Trump Ally Confuses Minnesota and Michigan in the Affidavit 'Proving' Voting Fraud." Trump's lawyers seem to have confused Michigan and Minnesota. In their filing alleging campaign fraud in Michigan, they listed townships in Minnesota. The incompetence is mind-boggling. (Forbes)

4. "Tucker Carlson from FOX News bashes Trump attorney Sidney Powell for lack of evidence in voter fraud cases." He complained , “We invited Sidney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour,” Carlson said. “But she never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests. Not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her." If Tucker Carlson, who talks about UFOs on his show, sees that there is no credible evidence, you know the GOP has nothing. (WaPo)

5. Mask-wearing works to prevent spread of coronavirus. Two real-time examples in Republican-led states. I know I am singing to the choir here, but you may know someone with whom you can share this info. (DailyKos)

Lighter Side: I honestly thought we'd be done with this category now that the election is done, but this week was ripe with humor.

1. Rudy Giuliani seemed to be literally melting down before our very eyes. Comedians and Twitter had a heyday, rightfully so. How can anyone take this guy seriously? One Trump campaign adviser texted a Washington Post journalist as the black streaks inched toward Rudy’s jowls: “Is he deteriorating in real time?” 

See if you can find the Trevor Noah clip about this event. His take is hilarious. Here it is, it is about 5-8 minutes in. (The Daily Show)

Rudy Giuliani won this category two weeks in a row!

2. This is the second funniest thing I've seen all week. Watch the clip all the way to the very, very end. (It's only a minute long.) The guy, who tells the reporter that he isn't stupid, proves he is. Ha ha! Stop the recount. Do a recount.

3. Spoken truth. Sadly the Republicans are working on mass distribution of the virus (not the vaccine.)

4. Geraldo Rivera suggested that the coronavirus vaccine should be named for Trump because of all he has done to help develop it, or some such nonsense. Brian Williams, on his show The Eleventh Hour, was taking a different take on that suggestion---one involving LOTS of sarcasm.

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6. Bob Ross, back from the dead, helps us color Georgia...blue.

6. Librarian humor:


Thanksgiving prayer: This prayer, from the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a family tradition to recite together before important meals. This Thursday we will gather with our immediate family for a scaled down Thanksgiving meal. But we are thankful that we'll be together and that no one has COVID-19. Staying safe is more important than gathering in a large group and exposing people to the virus!

Cats and boxes: Fred and George are enjoying a big box that makes playing so much more fun. It reminds us of a few lines from the book Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman:

"Oh, look at the boxes! Yippee! Hooray! It's hard to believe someone threw these away. I'm mad about boxes. Boxes are fun. No one will guess who we are when we're done."


Happy Thanksgiving! (USA)


-Anne

5 comments:

  1. I loved Stay With Me. It has a lot of plot twists. Haha, I love your Bob Ross picture. My mom watched him when I was growing up. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Your grandson is a cutie!
    How does Trumps base not understand his objections are only nominally about the election, and more about raising funds to bribe his way out of charges and/or flee the country after he leaves office? *Sigh*

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  3. Love those photos of your fall walk, your grandson. Love seeing your prayer. Those good things. These are the things that keep us going.

    I was able to get a copy of How We Got to the Moon, and I'm terribly excited to get to read it. What a great project for John Rocco.

    I am astonished that good Republicans (surely there are good Republicans, right?) aren't all calling DT out for his refusal to accept the election and for his attempts to subvert democracy. It brings to mind those classic Seuss lines: "Could this go on all day and night? It could, you know, and it just might."

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  4. Oh my. The video of the guy saying "we're not stupid" pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?! And what is with Guiliani's face? I hadn't seen that. The librarian humor is perfect, and It's awesome that Brian Williams has basically given up on being impartial.

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  5. Your grandson is adorable and his hair is great!

    I finished The Blind Assassin but it wasn't my favorite.

    The Incredible Sulk! Awesome :-D

    I think Brian Williams is ready to move on to the Daily Show. Wow! I hadn't seen that.

    Enjoy your week!

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