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Laelth's Journal
Laelth's Journal
November 29, 2020

Two greats -- post only two -- feel it.

Baker Street - Jerry Rafferty

10cc - I’m Not in Love


November 28, 2020

While we're celebrating 80s Glamrock ...

Here’s one of my favorites ...

November 22, 2020

That's beautiful.

Courts may dismiss cases on a wide number of bases, but “failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted” is the equivalent of “GET OUT OF MY FACE WITH THIS BULLSHIT!”

It’s the equivalent of, “You haven’t been hurt, Plaintiff, so go away. Unless you can show that you have been hurt, the Court can’t grant you relief. Got it?”

It’s also, “Who filed this damn lawsuit? I am tempted to hold that attorney in contempt for frivolous litigation.”


November 21, 2020

Understand this--for many people with COVID-19 there is no "recovery."

I know two long-termers, both of them infected in March of 2020, and neither of them has “recovered” in any real sense of the word. Both have obvious and persistent blood clots that are visible in their lower legs and feet. Both have puffy, watery eyes that affect their vision, constantly. Both have weakened hearts—like an elephant sitting on your chest if you try to walk 100 yards, briskly. Both struggle to breathe from time to time. Both have persistent pneumonia-like symptoms. They also continue to suffer with massive inflammation of their internal organs.

This is a badass virus, and many, MANY people will NEVER “recover” from it.

November 13, 2020

Remember: No Phony Democrats!

No Phony Democrats! That’s how we LOSE.

The first rule in my book is that we have to stick by the liberal principles of the Democratic Party. We are not going to get anywhere by trimming or appeasing. And we don't need to try it.

The record the Democratic Party has made in the last 20 years is the greatest political asset any party ever had in the history of the world. We would be foolish to throw it away. There is nothing our enemies would like better and nothing that would do more to help them win an election.

I've seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn't believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are--when he stands up ... and puts the issues before the people--then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

Harry S. Truman, May 17, 1952


November 12, 2020

Ron Klain will be Biden's Chief of Staff.

The job has often gone to the most talented advisers in both parties — people such as Republican James Baker and Democrat Leon Panetta. Under Trump, however, the role of the chief of staff has shifted, as the position fell to a series of officials with strained relations and limited sway with Trump. Bucking convention, Trump’s son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, established an independent locus of power inside the West Wing.

Choosing Klain reflects Biden’s plan to move beyond that chaos-driven presidency, and the internal White House structure probably will revert to form with a single manager in charge surrounded by a series of senior officials who also have direct relationships with the president. Mike Donilon, who helped write Biden’s campaign strategy, and Steve Ricchetti, the campaign chairman, are well positioned to land influential positions inside the White House, according to people with knowledge of the internal dynamics who spoke on the condition of anonymity to recount private conversations.


Many in Biden’s orbit have long seen Klain as the most obvious pick for chief of staff after more than 30 years of background roles. After a falling out with Biden’s team when he offered early support to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid, Klain has worked his way back into the upper echelons of Biden’s trusted circle.

He consulted with Biden on general strategy even before the former vice president announced his presidential campaign last year, and since August he has served as an unpaid senior adviser to the campaign and led Biden’s extensive debate preparation.


Interesting. Sounds like a good move to me.


November 10, 2020

This says it ALL.

The Dalai Lama said in his congratulatory message to Biden: "Humanity places great hope in the democratic vision of the U.S. as leader of the free world."


The link above covers a number of global responses to the Biden/Harris victory. So far, the totalitarian regimes (Russia, China, Brazil, Turkey, and Iran) have been reticent to congratulate President-Elect Biden, whereas the rest of the world is, more-or-less, ecstatic to know that Democrats will be running the country again soon.


November 7, 2020

"We're back!" The free world breathes a sigh of relief.

It goes without saying that Donald Trump did enormous damage to America’s global reputation. He spent four years in office coddling dictators and alienating our historic, democratic allies. Joe Biden, who probably has half of the world’s leaders on speed dial, acknowledged this fact and promised to rectify it. “We’ll be back. We’ll be back,” he promised a group of diplomats and foreign policy experts in Munich in 2019.

Well, WE’RE BACK, and the free world is undoubtedly and understandably relieved.

In his first, 2019 speech as a candidate for President, Biden laid out his vision for restoring America’s traditional alliances and blasted Trump for injuring the nation’s integrity and reputation:

Joe Biden used the first big foreign policy speech of his presidential run to blast President Trump for embracing autocrats and promised that his administration would make the defense of democracy the center of its foreign policy. He accused Trump of “walking away from American responsibility, lying about matters big and small” and bankrupting “America’s word.”

“He has alienated us,” Biden said of Trump on Thursday. Biden’s alternative largely involved a return to traditional American principles such as the promotion of democracy and cooperation with allies. Instead of focusing exclusively on the United States’ unilateral interests, he spoke of a return to spreading American values.

Washington Post, NEW YORK, July 11, 2019

The free world is celebrating with us today.


November 3, 2020

I was rejected and ejected from a polling location.

Van, Van Zandt County, Rural East Texas

Now, before you get too worried, understand that I have already voted. Daughter and I voted early, in person, over a week ago, but I was scheduled by the Chair of the Democratic Party of Van Zandt County to serve as an election judge today. The party was entitled to four election judges at this particular polling location pursuant to state rules. Daughter was the #2 Democratic judge. She has more experience. I was #4, and Republican “boss” of this polling location tells me, as soon as I arrive, “I don’t need you here. We have too many Democrats already, and there aren’t enough voters here to justify all these election judges. Call your county chair, and see if there’s another polling location where she might need you.”

So I call the county chair (my boss), and I report that I am not needed at this location and ask where she might want me to go. County chair says, “Bullshit! We’re entitled to four election judges at that location, and you’re number four. Tell the Republican-in-charge to mind her own business. You sit down and do your job.”

Fine. So I mask up (note that all the Democratic judges were wearing masks while NONE of the Republicans were), and I start doing my job. Truth be told, I dive into LEARNING my job because Democratic judges 1, 2, and 3 know what the hell they are doing, and I don’t, so I am diligently learning but, mainly, just sitting there.

Then, for the third time, Republican-in-charge comes over and says, “I need you to leave. I have too many people here. Did you call your county chair?” “Yes, I say. She told me to stay right here, and so, here I am.” Republican in charge says, “Well, I have five Democrats already. You’re going to have to leave.” Republican-in-chief thought that my county chair had made an error. Two young women wearing masks (i.e. probably Democrats) were manning the door and asking preliminary questions about turning off cell phones, having valid ID, and producing valid voter registration cards. Republican-in-chief figured that they counted as two of the four, allowed Democratic election judges, so she told me to leave, despite my county chair telling me to stand my ground and stay. So, I left. If I hadn’t, she probably would have called the police.

Honestly, I feel like a coward and a failure on this historic day. I haven’t even mustered the courage to call my county chair and tell her what happened.

My greatest hope is that in about 14 hours, all of this will be moot because Joe Biden will be our President-elect following an historic, landslide victory. For the moment, however, I am a bit depressed because I wanted to do my part and was prevented from doing so.

That and the fact that I was humiliated and rejected in front of my daughter ... that stings a bit.


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I am a native Georgian who's currently hiding out in Texas. I am a liberal, and I am extremely proud of the imperfect (but evolving) republic that we call the United States of America.
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