Monday, November 30, 2020

I Do Love A Theme

The Camden Garden Club is having their Winter meeting and I'm trying to figure out what to wear ...

Which one would you wear?

I Went To Walmart ...

The other day, watching a series of cooking shows on PBS, I watched a fella make a Cranberry Candied Ginger Buckle. For those out of the know, as I was, a buckle consists of fruit and cake baked together, with a streusel topping and, as it bakes the fruit and streusel topping make the cake “buckle.”

We had the cranberries because Carlos makes homemade cranberry sauce every Thanksgiving, so I set out for the rest of the ingredients. Two stores in Smallville and when I asked about Candied ginger all I got were confused looks, a check with someone higher up, and a “We don’t have that.”

Back home, I checked the computer for candied, or crystallized, ginger, and found that it was about three miles away at :::gasp::: Walmart, or twenty-five miles away at Kroger. Now, y’all know how I feel about Walmart, but the reasonable side of my brain, which rarely comes into play, thought, check the closest store first before you drive nearly an hour out and back.

So … I.Went.To.Walmart. Thank the goddess for the mask and a baseball cap, as well as the very early morning hour.

I went into the store and checked the “International” foods aisle, which at Walmart in Smallville, South Carolina, is mainly Avocado Mayo and flavored Ketchup; none. I checked in produce where they have the nuts—and no, not just the people shopping there—and found no candied ginger. I even checked the cany aisle because, Walmart. And then I made my way to customer service where the conversation went exactly like this:

“Hi. Do you carry candied ginger?”

“Gingers in the produce aisle.”

“No, not fresh ginger, but candied ginger,”

“Gingers in the spice aisle.”

“No, not powdered ginger, but candied ginger.”

“Check produce or spices.”

“Thank you so much.”

I turned to leave in a huff, and believe me when I say I give good huff, the woman standing behind me said “Excuse me?”

I thought she knew where candied ginger was, so I stopped, and she said:

“Do you always wear your shirt buttoned all the way up like that?”

I was wearing a denim shirt under a sweater, and yes, I did have the denim shirt buttoned all the way to the top because I like it, so I replied:

“Yes, I do.”

And she said:

“Interesting choice.”

I scanned her from her frizzed dyed blond job, down beyond the caked-on mascara, over the Christmas sweater, below the too-tight yoga pants and stopped:

“Thanks for the fashion advice. Nice crocs.”

Twenty-five minutes later I walked into Kroger, stopped the first person I saw who worked there, and asked about candied ginger:

“Check next to produce where we have all the pre-packaged nuts and dried fruits. It’s on the bottom shelf, about halfway down the aisle.”

Twenty-five minutes later I was home, making a Cranberry Candied Ginger Buckle.

Looks dee-lish, doesn’t it?

Saturday, November 28, 2020

I Ain't One To Gossip But ...

Just when you think she’d gone away for good, Paris Hilton has crawled from the ooze to claim that she invented the selfie. You see, back in 2017, this dim bulb Tweeted a photo of herself hanging out with Britney Spears back in 2006, and wrote:

“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!”

Twitter, like most of the world, ignored Paris, so she came back three years later to again Tweet:

“14 years ago, @britneyspears and I invented the selfie #LegendsOnly.”

And more than 106,000 people liked the picture, while a few took Paris to task, posting things like this from someone named Tito Ambyo:

“The drunk Aussie dude did it before you though. In 2002.”


But then a Tweeter named Shelby dropped the mic when she posted:

“Sorry [Paris], these are the oldest selfie in the world.”


So, take a seat Paris; take several seats. You didn’t’ invent the selfie, but you most assuredly invented Clueless Media Whore.

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Uh-oh, her heart may go on, but there will be fewer coins in the bank account.

Yup, Celine Dion just lost a lawsuit between herself and her former talent agency ICM Partners. ICM was suing Celine, saying she owed them a boatload of cash in commissions, as stipulated in her contract with them, and a judge sided with ICM.

It all began in 2017, when Celine signed a multi-year touring and performing contract with AEG ALLEGEDLY valued at $500 million. ICM claimed Celine never paid them their cut of the deal and so, in 2019, ICM and Dion’s longtime representative, Rob Prinz, dropped her as a client, and then sued her for the money.

Celine argued that she had already paid Rob tons of money in the 30 years she was a client but that matters not when it comes to the $500M she pocketed while a client. So, Celine then claimed that Rob and ICM tried to take advantage of her after her husband, Rene Angelil, died in 2016, because Rene handled the business side of things, and she wasn’t used to doing that on her own:

“I have paid Mr. Prinz many millions of dollars over the years. And when this all started, my team made an extremely generous offer to pay him and ICM many more millions for years to come, even though our old agreements were over and we had not made a new one. I’m not saying that Mr. Prinz did not do anything, but he’s taking much more credit for my career than he deserves. Mr. Prinz had never asked to be paid for 10 years for a few months’ work, and I never agreed to it. When Rene was alive, he took care of my business and was always very fair with the people we worked with, and he taught me to be the same. Because he wasn’t here to stand up for me at the hearing, I feel like Mr. Prinz and ICM took advantage with their demands for money and revealing confidential information about my AEG deal. I feel betrayed.”

As Judge Judy might say, I don’t care how you feel, and this judge wasn’t buying the poor widow act from someone who had been in the business since she was a child bride. Cough up the coins, Celine. Don’t be a deadbeat. ICM wants their $13 million.

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Cue the dragons, Jane Seymour is pissed.

Apparently the producers of something called Glow and Darkness—a medieval miniseries—have replaced Seymour in part of the series with a :::gasp::: younger actress! You see, Jane’s character, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was supposed to age from 25 to 80, and producers just didn’t think sixty-nine-year-old  Jane could pull off mid-twenties. Normally, I’d say cast an actual twenty-something in the role, but here’s the rub:  one of Jane’s co-stars is 87-year-old Dame Joan Collins who plays a woman who dies at age 40. 

Collins can play 40 but Seymour can’t pay 25? To be fair, Jane will still play Eleanor, but another actress will play younger Eleanor, and that pisses off Jane, who says she didn’t learn about the switch until she arrived on-set:

“They told me that only I was going to play myself at 25, but before I even got round to doing it, the day before, without telling me, they found another actress to play me at 25. It’s something I really don’t understand at all because believe it or not, and you can see on Instagram, they don’t even need to do the facial stuff on me. It works just fine. Joan Collins is 87, and she’s supposed to be playing a woman who dies at 40.”

Ouch. Jane just threw Joan under the bus with the “facial stuff” comment. I wouldn’t want to be her on that film set. But, if Jane, who, yes, looks fabulous at 69, thinks she looks 25, then maybe cataract surgery is in order?

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It was just the other day that I posted about former actor and accused domestic abuser Ricky Schroeder throwing the last few coins he has into the bail out pool for the Kenosha Murderer, and now Ricky is whining that people are being mean to him for helping a boy, a child, who illegally purchased a gun, murder two people and injure a third, get out of jail.

Schroeder has been on the receiving end of some absolutely terrifying “negative social media posts” and, as MAGAts do when people call them out of their brazen ignorance, stupidity and hate, he called the police because people on social media were mean to him. Oh, honey, social media was invented so people can be mean to dicks like Rick.

Law enforcement sources say that police were called to Schroeder’s home after he went on Twitter and saw that someone had posted:

“Tbh thought he was dead. Would’ve been better”

“This was a racist move pure and simple”

And my personal favorite:

“Ricky Schroder can shove that silver spoon right up his own ass”

Police “determined none of the online comments rose to the level of a criminal threat” and left after taking a “suspicious circumstances report” adding that Schroder will be in contact with authorities if things escalate.

But then Ricky, who whined about meanies on social media, took to social media to, ahem, stand his ground by saying …

“To my Democrat Friends. This is the country want to live in? [sic] #fuckantifa

… alongside screen shots of the mean things people, said about him and a photo of Ricky carrying a gun, roaming through his backyard of his manse in Malibu looking for that Antifa threat that is sure to come his way. And he wants y’all to know that he doesn’t give a flying f**k about COVID and is having all his family over for Superspreader Thanksgiving because he’s a patriot.

Or a MAGAt loon who bails out murderers and then calls the police because the internet trolled him.

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In the Thankful Spirit, let’s talk about a real patriot, from Canada, Alex Trebek. It seems the late Jeopardy! host was quite the conservationist who quietly donated 62 acres of his land in the Hollywood Hills to the city of Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. It’s called the Trebek Open Space, and it runs into Runyon Canyon park providing trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. When Trebek passed away a couple of weeks ago, the Laurel Canyon Land Trust posted about his donation:

“Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show host? He donated 62 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains in Nichols Canyon to create the Trebek Open Space. This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come. Thank you Alex Trebek and may you Rest in Peace.”

That’s how it’s done.

RIP Alex. And thank you.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

I Didn't Say It ...

Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor, blasting _____ and his legal team for their efforts to overturn the results of the election:

“The president has had an opportunity to access the courts. If you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it. … The conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment. Sidney Powell accusing Governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television yet unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has, this is outrageous conduct by any lawyer, and notice, George, they won’t do it inside the courtroom. They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud. … I have been a supporter of the president’s, I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen. You have an obligation to present the evidence, the evidence has not been presented, and you must conclude—as Tucker Carlson even concluded the other night—that if you are unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist.”

The.Evidence.Doesn’t.Exist. This is just the behavior of a coddled narcissistic loser who will never concede but will go away.

And while I appreciate Christie speaking out, notice, it’s very few actual in office ReTHUGlicans telling _____ to give it up; it’s local politicians and out-of-office TV pundits.

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Tucker Carlson, Fox News, losing his shiz over ____’s election fraud nonsense, between Rudy’s one-man comedy act and ______ attorney Sidney Powell presenting no evidence at all:

“After four years this might be the single most open-minded show on television. We literally do UFO segments. Not because we’re crazy. Or even a bit interested in the subject. But because there is evidence that UFOs are real, and everyone lies about it. There’s evidence that a lot of things responsible people used to dismiss out of hand as ridiculous are in fact real. We invited Sidney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour. We would have given her the entire week, actually. … 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. She never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one.”

Okay, who had Fox News Thinks ______ Is A Lying POS on their Election Bingo card? And who, seriously, who, had Tucker Carlson Isn’t Buying The Bull on their card?

I’ve a feeling Hell froze over.

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Mitt Romney, releasing a statement on social media on ______’s refusal to accept the truth … that he’s a loser:

“Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to over pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”

Nice, but now you need to take your fellow ReTHUGlicans to task for enabling this lunacy with their complicit silence before they destroy your whole party.

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Ben Sasse, Nebraska’s GOP Senator, on the _____ and Rudy Show:

“Wild press conferences erode public trust. So no, obviously Rudy and his buddies should not pressure electors to ignore their certification obligations under the statute  We are a nation of laws, not tweets. What matters most at this stage is not the latest press conference or tweet, but what the President’s lawyers are actually saying in court. And based on what I’ve read in their filings, when _____ campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud — because there are legal consequences for lying to judges.”

Perhaps we can get adjoining cells for Rudy and _____.

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Geraldo Rivera, on Fox and Friends, proving why the title of “journalist” no longer applies:

“I had an idea, you know, with the world so divided and everybody telling him he has to give up and time to leave and time to transition and all the rest of it. Why not name the vaccine ‘The _____’? Make it ‘have you gotten your _____ yet?’ It would be a nice gesture to him, and years from now it would become kind of a generic name. ‘Have you got your _____ yet? I got my _____ I’m fine.' I wished we could honor him in that way. Because he’s definitely the prime architect of this Operation Warp Speed and but for him we’d still be waiting, you know, into the grim winter these amazing, miraculous breakthroughs.”

Seriously? Name the vaccine after the fuck-nut who is responsible for the spread and the death of over a quarter million people.

Take a seat, loon.

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Rand Paul, GOP hack senator, saying COVID survivors should “throw away their masks”:

“We have 11 million people in our country who have already had Covid. We should tell them to celebrate. We should tell them to throw away their masks, go to restaurants, and live again because these people are now immune.”

I love how an eye doctor, who has no bachelor's degree, because he left college a few courses short of a diploma after he was accepted into medical school, is gonna tell people how to act in a pandemic.

Rand Paul did earn his board certification in 1993but formed his own board in 1997—the National Ophthalmology Board—in protest of certification requirement changes by the American Board of Ophthalmologists. His board—now-defunct—was never recognized by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, so “Dr.” Rand Paul was not board certified by a board recognized by the state since 2005, and since his board dissolved in 2011, he has had no certification from an active body.

But, yes, let’s allow an unlicensed eye doctor to tell people how to respond to a pandemic.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thank.Full.

I first posted a version of this back in Ott-Eight, a few days after I started this here blog thing, and have edited it, as need be, and reposted it every year, to remind me of where I was then, what I thought then, and what I wanted out of life. And every year as I repost it, I realize that the more things change the more they stay the same.

Now, not to brag, but I've been told that I am an extremely polite person. I was raised on Please and Thank You, Yes Ma'am, No Sir, and I still act that way today.

True story: I was selected for jury duty when we lived in Miami and when it was my turn to be questioned, I stood up in the very narrow aisle and put my hands behind my back. As I was questioned, I replied Yes sir and No Sir. The judge stopped and smiled.

"Are you in the military?" he asked.

"No, sir" I said. "I was raised by a military man and a Southern woman."

True story: A few years before that, while living in California, I was in a grocery store buying a birthday cake for a co-worker. I asked if I may please order a cake. May I please have a name iced onto it? I pleased and thank you'd my way through the entire process and finally as the girl was leaving to finish my order, she turned and said, “I think you are the politest person I've ever waited on."

I smiled and said, "Could you just shut up, please, and ice my damn cake!"

When all else fails slip into sarcasm. That's my motto, and I’m thankful for that, too, but I digress.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because there are no gifts involved, except for the gift of time; time spent with loved ones and friends; the gift of thanks. A day of thanks; a truly American holiday, like 4th of July, but one we celebrate not with picnics and beer, firecrackers and sparklers, but with a meal shared with friends and family, and pets, always the pets.

I have so much to be thankful for again this year. Yes, the usual family and friends and health and happiness, blah blah blah, everyone says that, but this year, in the Age Of COVID, good health is a great thing. I am thankful that Carlos and I are fine; our families are healthy; our friends, and all of you fellow bloggers, are healthy. That’s worth a healthy dose of Thanks.

And I am thankful, as well as hopeful, that America is turning again, away from hate and division and criminality, toward decency and inclusion and hope. We are coming out of a dark time, though we’re not there yet, but I think we all learned earlier this month that exercising our right to vote means to do that every single time and be thankful that we live in a country where we have that freedom. And it feels like the pendulum is finally swinging back towards understanding and acceptance, and the hope that we had for a few years. I am thankful for that.

As a gay man I know all too well that … cue PSA music … It Gets Better.

Twenty years ago, when we began this ride, Carlos and I couldn’t be legally married anywhere in America, and here we are now, married for five years … in South Carolina … and every state in this country.  I am still thankful for that. 

And let me be clear … even with the Hate Speech, and hateful actions, that we have been hearing, and seeing, for the last four years, they will never be able to take that away from us; we are husband and husband and that’s how it will stay. That bell cannot be unrung, no matter who says what. No matter who sits on the Supreme Court.

Trust. And be thankful.

I am thankful for the years I had with my sister—I miss her every single day—because of the things she taught me and continues to teach me. I am grateful to her four daughters, all of whom she raised so well that when Carlos and I told them we were getting married, they all responded, “Now he really is our Uncle.”

I am thankful for my Dad. He didn’t ask for a gay son, but he got one; he didn’t know what to do with a gay son, but he did the best he could. And, when the time came to marry Carlos, it made my Dad’s day that he could be there. I wish every gay person could have a Dad like mine, who sees that change is good, and sees that not everyone is alike—even in your own family—but who loves you just the same. I still get goosebumps when I hear my Dad tell people about his son and his husband. Who knew that would happen?

I am thankful to my Mom, especially today. Thanksgiving was her holiday; cooking for her family was my mother’s greatest joy and a great gift to all of us. I am thankful that I can keep that tradition alive and can see my Mom in myself as Carlos and I cook dinner for ourselves, and, in other years,  friends. I am thankful for her kindness, even to those who were unkind to her; I am grateful for her laughter, which I can still hear in my head, and the way she would say, ‘Bye bye, sweetie, I love you,’ as we ended a phone call.

I am thankful for icy cold mornings and clear blue skies … colored leaves falling. I am thankful for small dogs and cats because, well, I'm bigger than them and I will always beat them ... just channeling a little Joan Crawford and Christina at the pool.

I am thankful for Carlos. Every.Single.Day. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to have him; even the days when he makes me insane … more insane. I realize I’d rather be driven nuts by him for a moment than not to have him in my life at all. I am thankful for the smirk he gives me; I am thankful for the look of horror on his face when I bust out a showtune; I am just plain thankful. I don’t know where I’d be, or who I’d be, if I hadn’t met him all those years ago.

I am thankful for music and pets and soft blankets and breathing and speaking, and having a voice to use, and use often. I realize we are still facing a tough time in this country; we are still facing division; we are still seeing our Black and Brown brothers and sisters killed by police; we are still seeing our trans brothers and sisters murdered; we still see hate; we are seeing hatred towards refugees fleeing their homeland to come to a country built by, immigrants and slaves.

But I remain hopeful, hope filled, and thankful, that this country, most of this country, will once again stand against that hate and divisiveness; I am thankful that we will stand for one another and not against one another; that we will stand up to those who hate; speak out against those who use fear to intimidate others; resist those who are untruthful. I am thankful that more and more people are standing up for those who may not feel like anyone would ever stand for them.

I am thankful for that … and thinking being feeling loving breathing laughing crying living and speaking.

For Life … and all it encompasses.

To Life.

Thanks. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Architecture Wednesday: 360 Villa

Y’all know we love our pets, and would do, and have done, just about anything for them, but even this might be too far for us.

A couple in the Netherlands asked the designers of their new house to build them a home that would let them watch their dogs play in the yard from any angle; and they meant it. And that explains why the designers came up with a completely circular home—dubbed the 360 Villa—with 360-degree views so they can watch their Alaskan Malamutes. The custom home’s exterior is wrapped in a glazing that acts like mirrored windowpanes to allow those inside to see out to the yard, all the way around the house and from any interior vantage point.

In total, the villa encompasses about 900 square feet; just one bedroom, a bathroom, and an open great room. it’s not terribly large but provides ample space for the couple and their two large dogs. The exterior of the house is surrounded by a gently sloping lawn to give the dogs a play space, but also to allow the house a higher vantage point in the yard …which, in turn, provides an uninterrupted view of the dogs from the inside of the house.

Of course, a house made with an entirely glass exterior and wraparound windows needs to find a creative way to preserve privacy, and the sloping lawn comes in handy again. The top of the slope actually meets the window on the street side of the home and gives those inside with a view to the yard without exposing the interiors to passersby.

Inside, the home is largely open concept; the central social space holds the kitchen, dining room, living room, and the sliding doors that lead to an open deck. This space takes up two-thirds of the home. The bedroom, while private, can be opened into the main living area for that extra  flow, or closed off for more privacy. When it’s all opened up wide, a large circular skylight above the central living room floods the entire home in cheerful, natural light.

It's great for the dogs and the dog owners, but I think I could be quite happy a small dog and three cats in a small round house with lots of windows.


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Ricky Schroeder Bails Out A Murderer ... And Smiles About It

First off, I am not anti-Second Amendment. If people want guns, and they can be responsible gun owners, then have at it. I have, at this point, no need or desire to own any type of gun, but that’s just me.

However, on August 25, 2020, the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin erupted in protests after the police shooting on Black man Jacob Blake.

The Murderer—I will not say his name here—a 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, illegally purchased an AR-15 rifle and traveled thirty miles, across state lines, to defend …. Well, no one really knows what he was doing there, we only know he came armed and hoped to confront protesters. At some point, this armed teenager, allowed to roam freely armed through the protest. At one point, The Murderer says protesters began chasing him and physically confronting him, so he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injure Gaige Grosskreutz.

The Murderer was arrested and charged with multiple counts of homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm, while Dominick Black, of Antioch, was arrested and charged with unlawfully supplying a weapon to The Murderer, whose attorneys claim he acted in self-defense upon hearing a firearm discharge and in response to the numerous physical confrontations by protesters.

The very protesters he drove across state lines to confront after illegally purchasing an assault style weapon.

That alone makes me hope he rots in jail, and he was about to, at least until his trial started—his bail was set at $2 million—when a group of Christians—who missed that one Commandment about not killing—began collecting money for his bail.

And last week, his lawyer, Lin Wood Tweeted out that actor Rocky Schroeder gave the last boost of cash—$150,000—that set The Murderer free while awaiting trial.

Again, you like the Second Amendment, good for you; but when a child, and seventeen is a child, illegally buys a weapon, and travels across state lines in what would appear to be an attempt to hunt protesters and then kills two and injures a third, and you think he should be free on bail, you’re a special kind of stupid, or …

You’re Ricky Schroeder.

PS Ricky? Asshat? Where was your bail check for Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, who had the right to own a weapon, and the right to carry a weapon, shot a police officer he believed to be breaking into his home? Or do you only bail out white people?

Monday, November 23, 2020

Facts Is Facts

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared on CNBC yesterday to talk about ______'s amazing dismal and negligent response to the COVID pandemic, and ended up doing some truth-telling:

“We’re working on mass distribution of the virus.”

Doh!

This Needs To Be Read

I usually save quotes until a Friday post, but this one, from actor Edward Norton, is everything. Norton Tweeted an explanation of sorts about what is going on with ______’s refusal to concede:

“I’m no political pundit but I grew up [with] a dad who was a federal prosecutor & he taught me a lot & I’ve also sat a fair amount of poker [with] serious players & l’ll say this: I do not think _____ is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network’……or that ‘chaos is what he loves’.
The core of it is that he knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy & this defines his every action. We’re seeing 1) a tactical delay of the transition to buy time for coverup & evidence suppression 2) above all, a desperate endgame…which is to create enough chaos & anxiety about peaceful transfer of power, & fear of irreparable damage to the system, that he can cut a Nixon-style deal in exchange for finally conceding.
But he doesn’t have the cards. His bluff after ‘the flop’ has been called in court … His ‘turn card’ bluff will be an escalation & his ‘River card’ bluff could be really ugly. But they have to be called. We cannot let this mobster bully the USA into a deal to save his ass by threatening our democracy. THAT is his play. But he’s got junk in his hand. So call him.
I will allow that he’s also a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft bitch who no doubt is just throwing a wicked pout fest & trying to give a tiny-hand middle finger to the whole country for pure spite, without a single thought for the dead & dying. But his contemptible, treasonous, seditious assault on the stability of our political compact isn’t about 2024, personal enrichment or anything else other than trying to use chaos & threat to the foundation of the system as leverage to trade for a safe exit.
Call. His. Bluff. Faith in the strength of our sacred institutions & founding principles is severely stretched…but they will hold. They will. He’s leaving, gracelessly & in infamy. But if we trade for it, give him some brokered settlement, we’ll be vulnerable to his return. We can’t flinch.”

Learn this. Remember it.