The Waffle House Index is real. Now that hundreds of locations are closing during the #coronavirus pandemic, maybe some people in those states who haven’t been taking it seriously will wake up to reality. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/489379-waffle-house-shutters-365-locations
Here’s some contact information for the villain Richard Burr, a high-ranking US senator from North Carolina who warned a group of his elite constituents about the dangers of #coronavirus in a private meeting weeks ago and said nothing publicly.
I have friends who still want to have a game night this weekend. I told them I'm not coming and why, but they're going ahead with it anyway. We're in our 40s and 50s, we've lost some friends too young, and I'm shocked that they don't get how serious things are. We also had a surprise visitor at my house earlier and it took everything I had not to yell at them. I need to start getting abrupt with people.
I‘ve seen no official word yet on who the eight were, but we can be certain that Rand Paul is one of them. They can all go and [insert painful activity] with a [insert rusty tool of your choice].
I’m so tired of media types commenting on the “change of tone” from the tangerine toddler-in-chief. So fuckin’ what? No cookies should be handed out for doing far less than the bare minimum of what a real POTUS is supposed to do. People have lowered their standards way too much for the last 3+ years. We desperately need more than he’ll ever do.
Everyone with a Republican representative, please call them and demand that they PROTECT THE DAMN COUNTRY from the spread of #covid19, which includes letting people not lose their livelihoods while they stay home from work. If your rep is a Democrat, they also need to hear from you.
Republicans can all just march into the sea. This is cruelty. Again. It’s all they do.
Here we go: Clyburn has spoken. https://apps.npr.org/liveblogs/20200310-primaries/
Putin has been in control of Russia for more than 20 years. Guess who else dreams of consolidating and securing this much power.
(Former Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova put this proposal forward. She’s 83 and was the first and youngest woman to fly in space, having been selected from a program designed to block the USA from putting a woman in space first. But she’s no feminist in spite of her achievements and image—she betrays women with her pro-Putin actions.)
One of the confirmed #covid19 cases in North Carolina is someone who voted early in Raleigh on Leap Day—at a place where about 1,400 people voted that day—before they would’ve known they were infected. Be careful when you vote, but don’t let it stop you from casting your ballot.
With Steve Bullock in the race against Daines for US Senate, Montana has a chance to elect a senator who cares about them and about the fate of our country. He’s been their governor and they know him.
It was indeed Keegan-Michael Key at Roscoe’s. Over on the bird site there are lots of tweets about it.
Michael Bitzer is one of NC’s foremost political scientists. His blog is always worth reading. Here he breaks down the data but he knows better than to make predictions in this volatile state.
Interesting: In 2016's Democratic primary, 60% of early voters were women; in 2020 they were 57%, but there was a higher percentage of voters with no gender specified on their voter registration.
P.S. Fun fact: the Venus fly trap is native to the Carolinas.
On September 6, 1870, Louisa Ann Swain was walking past a polling place in Laramie, Wyoming on her way to buy yeast when election officials invited her to come in and vote. She became the first woman in the United States to cast a ballot in a general election. A Laramie newspaper described her as "a gentle white-haired housewife, Quakerish in appearance." Happy Women's History Month!
Trump is trying again to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, whom you might remember from all the times when you had to mute him during the impeachment hearings, to be the director of national intelligence. He was already suspected of padding his résumé last time.
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