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Weekend link dump for July 12

“A surge in restaurant spending appears to predict a surge in coronavirus cases weeks later, a new JPMorgan study found.”

“Both the anti-quarantine protests that the far-right orchestrated in April and May and the recent civil unrest have accelerated the potential for more violence. I think it will pick up over the summer and especially into the fall as we head into the election.”

“But does any of that mean that any of these true believers really, truly believe that this is real? They will insist that they do. They will affirm that this is what they really believe, what they really think, what they really know. And they will insist that this is true as genuinely and sincerely as they are still capable of doing anything genuinely or sincerely.”

“It leads to this obvious question that few seem ready to ask: Has the nickname paid respect to Sockalexis and Native Americans? Has the Indians’ name really paid tribute? Has the execrable Chief Wahoo lifted anyone’s respect for Native Americans? Have the countless references to war and weapons and genocide raised people’s consciousness to the Native American’s plight?”

“The idea that Harry Truman was basically Donald Trump without Twitter is pretty funny. And the suggestion that the experts have it all wrong now because they did so in 1948 and 2016 kind of ignores the 16 presidential elections between those two meteoric events; in most, the prognosticators got it right. But just for fun, let’s look at the analogy more closely and see if it holds out any particular hope for Trump fans looking for a big upset. Here are some factors that fed into the 1948 shocker that might distinguish them from today’s circumstances”.

RIP, Nick Coredero, Broadway star, from COVID-19.

RIP, Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning composer who made dozens of famous movie scores.

RIP, Buck Wood, Austin attorney and longtime expert on election law.

“Experts are calling for a 9/11-style commission on U.S. coronavirus response. Here’s where it could start.”

“Kellogg’s tried to the rig the election in Chekkie’s favor. But it was too late; the damage was done. And like the Easter Rising of 1916, sometimes a conspiratorial defeat only leads to greater victories. Which brings us to today — 16 years later — when Kellogg’s Korea is finally making good on their promise to deliver Green Onion Chex to the mouths of hungry cereal eaters everywhere (or at least, in Korea for a limited time).”

“In all three states we see a pretty similar pattern. Fatalities are following cases on a two or three week delay and the skyrocketing case counts of the last week or so will likely be mirrored later this month. What also seems clear is that limited testing early in the pandemic simply missed the scope of the early outbreak which lead to the earlier rise in deaths. That is not surprising. Testing was very limited, especially in this less hard hit states in April.”

“Negative partisanship only works when demonization of one’s opponent sticks — which means, oddly enough, that the candidate most likely to be hurt by it this time around is none other than Donald Trump himself.”

“What 9 GOP Campaign Consultants Really Think About Republicans’ Chances in November”.

“Why aren’t today’s deaths trending in the same way today’s cases are trending? That’s completely not the way to think about it. Today’s cases represent infections that probably happened a week or two ago. Today’s deaths represent cases that were diagnosed possibly up to a month ago, so infections that were up to six weeks ago or more. Some people do get infected and die quickly, but the majority of people who die, it takes a while. It’s not a matter of a one-week lag between cases and deaths. We expect something more on the order of a four-, five-, six-week lag.”

“A whipping post that had long stood outside the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown, Delaware, was finally removed Wednesday.”

RIP, Mary Kay LeTourneau, about whose life and sins I have spent too much time thinking. I now realize I need to watch the A&E documentary about her life.

Facebook did a civil rights audit, not that they’re going to use it.

“It doesn’t matter what terminology we use for disgrace, the consequences remain the same: disgrace. To be canceled is to be in disgrace, which is to say to have set oneself in opposition to and apart from others by behaving so indecently that your continued presence would seem to make them complicit in your indecency. Disgrace is a kind of social exile.”

“Once Covid-19 shots become available, there will be arguments about who gets them, and an even bigger battle with anti-vaxxers who refuse them.”

“People with passports from poor nations know what it’s like to be denied access to most of the world, or subjected to humiliating and expensive visa procedures just to go on holidays or attend a conference. Americans are now in the same boat.”

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  1. Bill Daniels says:

    “Both the anti-quarantine protests that the far-right orchestrated in April and May and the recent civil unrest have accelerated the potential for more violence. I think it will pick up over the summer and especially into the fall as we head into the election.”

    If leftists are soooo worried about right wing, violent boogiemen, then maybe they should tell their paramilitary wings, Antifa, BLM, etc., to stand down. Stop burning down cities, stop ripping down statues, stop killing white people, stop killing black people. Hey, just stop beating up and killing everyone, OK? If there really IS some kind of violent right wing faction out there ready to do violence….STOP PROVOKING THEM!

    This isn’t hard.

    But that’s not what the left wing wants. They keep pushing…they want a violent response, meanwhile most regular Americans just want to work, take care of their families, and live in a safe environment. Decent people flee violence and insurrection. Decent people flee mob violence.

  2. SocraticGadfly says:

    Get the big picture on Q history from an Atlantic long read

  3. SocraticGadfly says:

    Thanks for another laugh, Bill Daniels.

    First, Kuff is a liberal, not a leftist.

    Second, anarchist types who get violent? Anarchists generally define themselves as beyond right and left.

    Third, rightwingers attack unprovoked. Remember Charlottesville? Read about the MULTIPLE accounts of people driving cars into protestors in the last couple of weeks?

    Maybe you missed it if you were getting your new rabies booster shot.

  4. Bill Daniels says:


    Uh, whut? You’ve got the right to your own opinions, but not to your own facts. The last guy who ran over protestors, in Seattle, was a black guy. Is Dawit Kelet the face of right wing extremist violence? LOL! Swing and a miss. And hey, I’m sure you’re all broken up about the death of this white young mother at the hands of BLM:

    Say her name. Her name was Jessica Doty Whitaker, and your people murdered her for having the absolute audacity to say “all lives matter.”

    Screw her, she deserved to get gunned down for that, amirite?

    As to the distinction between leftists and liberals, a few short years ago, I would have agreed with you. I’m a libertarian, so I used to have some commonality with liberals. I’m on Code Pink’s e-mail list, for example, because I am anti-war.

    Liberals used to be anti-war, too, but not now. True liberals would admit that Trump, for all his braggadocio and bluster, has started no new wars, done no regime change, and has actively tried to end our current wars. Look at what the Democrat controlled congressional committee just did…passed a bill trying to make it impossible for Trump to finish pulling troops out of Afghanistan. No! You absolutely can NOT stop that war. Keep shooting! True liberals would compare the 8 years of war, and new wars and regime changes of Obama/Biden to the zero new wars and troop draw downs, and attempted peace overtures by Trump, and admit that Biden isn’t a pro-peace candidate. What does it say about your people when your Republican ally to continue an unwinnable, unpopular war is LIZ CHENEY? Did Democrats start investing in Haliburton, in a case of, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?

    An Ann Richards or Mark White liberal back in the day would have just shaken their head at that and wondered where their party got off track so badly. They would have wondered why their party hates white people, for starters. You’ve created a monster you can’t control.

  5. Bill Daniels says:

    “The U.S. military has been fighting in Afghanistan for almost nineteen years. House Democrats, working in tandem with key pro-war GOP lawmakers such as Rep. Liz Cheney, are ensuring that continues.

    Last night, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment — jointly sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado and Congresswoman Cheney of Wyoming — prohibiting the expenditure of monies to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan below 8,000 without a series of conditions first being met.”

    Cliffs: Unless you do something that is impossible to prove, this war can NEVER end. What would JFK, Jimmy Carter, or Ann Richards say if they saw this?

  6. robert says:

    “You’ve got the right to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.”

    Isn’t that sweet coming from you, lol

  7. Bill Daniels says:

    Oh, and just for you, Socratic, here’s Dawit Kelete, the white supremacist who ran over protestors, just like Charlotteville:

    I mean, surely he’s a Boogaloo Boy, right? Or maybe he’s a guy driving on the road not expecting it to be blocked by protestors who didn’t want to become this season’s Reginald Denny.

  8. Jason Hochman says:

    robert, Bill has a point, in his first post, he says that the BLM, etc. should stand down. One of the potential causes that the article lists for the coming right wing terror is the fear of looting…so if the looters can be discouraged, that might help get rid of some right wing terror, no?

  9. Brad says:

    Jason + Bill,

    It’s not people scared of looting. It’s white people scared of seeing people in power reflect the demographic diversity of our country.

  10. Bill Daniels says:

    Virgin Mary statue attacked, historic church burned….LAST NIGHT.

    Must be those right wing violent extremists…….

  11. Jason Hochman says:

    Brad, just basing my comment on what the article said…it mentioned people afraid of looting, not people afraid of diversity in leadership.

  12. Flypusher says:

    “ Say her name. Her name was Jessica Doty Whitaker, and your people murdered her for having the absolute audacity to say “all lives matter.”

    Will the killer be shielded by a powerful union and practices like qualified immunity? Will the local prosecutor foot drag on pressing charges?

  13. Manuel says:

    Why not look at what a racist, bigot, and Trump lover has to say, that would be Bill Daniels; Bill Daniels is a Russian loving, American hating right wing conspiracy spreader.

    give orders for the soldiers to shoot to kill any person entering the kill zone from the Mexican side, period. Women? Children? Old people? Military age males? Waste anyone that crosses from Mexico into the US. Back that up with predator drones . and perhaps an A-10 every 3 or 4 hundred miles, for close air support for larger groups, and you’ve secured the border, with no fences.

    I oppose the mandatory masks by government diktat (I’m OK with private businesses mandating it for their own property, however) AND I support abortion, because most of the murdered kids would otherwise have been born to liberal parents. It’s better they were never born and don’t have to suffer the neglect, abuse, and brainwashing leftist parent(s) are known for. They also don’t grow up to vote for leftists, so there’s that, too. Look at the crime and rioting in leftist controlled areas; Without easy access to abortions, the crime rate in those areas would be even higher as the unwanted, un-cared for kids grow up and turn into ‘super predators.’

    It’s really ironic. You would think that leftists would be the ones opposing abortion because it mainly kills their own voters.

    Just as the Dems have taken a hard left to Marxism, R’s have also been been co-opted by tea party, America loving, America First populists. When the Tea Party was first a thing, the establishment Republicans were able to quickly co-opt and pacify those folks….effectively neutering them. Then Trump came along and inspired them to not sit in the back of the bus again. The establishment R’s, the Chamber of Commerce, pro illegal alien folks, have had to either evolve and support Trump the populist and his rock solid base, or just expose themselves as the uniparty weasels they actually are. The ‘Lincoln Project,’ the Bushes, Romneys, McCains……this is why they support Biden against their supposed own party’s leader.

    Trump is all the things they are not; he’s a fighter, he’s unashamedly pro-America, and they hate that. The current insurrection by the left perfectly exemplifies this. After 4 years of unrelenting attacks on Trump, we are now at the race war/open Marxist destroy America’s cultural institutions, it’s culture, and it’s way of life part of the program, and lookie who is meekly accepting all of that. Shameful.

    Trump and a few allies in Congress are all that is standing against rioters destroying our culture and heritage. Trump’s speech, his program at Mt. Rushmore was inspirational. It is his…….it’s OUR line in the sand.

    So, as the globalist Bush told us, “You’re either with us, or with the terrorists.” Today’s terrorists are the domestic terrorists who are tearing up our country.

    David and Howie need to have gut check time. Is that what they really want for America? Do they want to be forced to pledge fealty to the leftist mob, or will they stand firm, and stand with Trump, who, at the moment, is really all that is keeping the Marxists at bay?

  14. Manny says:

    Bill Daniels job is to spread hate and fear to encourage the division of this country.

    Even Republicans blogs have had to censure him.

  15. Bill Daniels says:

    Thanks for the repost, Manny!

    Here’s some of your people, in Dallas, last night:

    Marxists, running wild, causing problems. This is last night, in Dallas…your people, harassing innocent civilians just trying to enjoy a night out.

    I identify with the guy filming. You identify with the mob. See the difference?

  16. Manny says:

    Must be tough to wake up with so much hate every morning Bill, to a world of Marxist and mobs, they are all in your dreams and in the dreams those racists like you.

    Bill the person narrating uses bad words which don’t bother you. It was a peaceful demonstration, which is allowed in this country.

    You people hate America and its freedom, you need to take your behind to Russia or China where you will feel right at home.

  17. C.L. says:

    I wish I had the kind of time in my day Mr. Daniels appears to have.

    Curse this whole ‘time to go make the donuts’ thing.