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The ending to the game “Omaha Trail”

Graphic: Old-school “Oregon Trail” covered wagon graphic with the text “You have died of hypothermia walking back to your car after a Trump rally”.

In this new game, you don’t get the message “You have died of dysentery”. Instead, it’s “You have died of hypothermia walking back to your car after a Trump rally.”

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Omaha rally turns into perfect metaphor for 4 more years of Trump

Photo: Jack from “The Shining”, frozen, wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap.

The end of last night’s Trump rally in Omaha couldn’t be a more perfect metaphor for 4 more years of Trump: Being left freezing in the dark, with no way to get out, and help being a long time coming.

After the rally ended, attendees were stuck, as there appeared to be no buses to get them back to the parking lots, located about 4 miles away:

Tweets from the scene

With temperatures at freezing and people unable to get their cars, Omaha Police, who aren’t in the transport business, were stuck with the job of sorting things out.

And their hands were full. Here are some tweets from Omaha Scanner, a Twitter account that’s getting way more readers than usual this morning:

News reports

Photo: Cold crowd after Omaha rally
Photo by Anna Reed, Omaha World-Herald. Tap to see the source.

From the Omaha World-Herald piece, Hundreds of people waited hours in the cold for buses after Trump rally in Omaha:

Hundreds of people who attended President Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday evening at Eppley Airfield spent up to three hours in freezing temperatures waiting for buses to take them back to their cars.

Several people who were waiting required medical attention, based on reporting at the scene and local emergency scanner traffic.

Omaha Scanner, a Twitter account that monitors emergency scanner traffic, said seven people were taken to the hospital, but later tweeted that officials would have the exact count Wednesday.

The president, who spoke for nearly an hour, wrapped up shortly before 9 p.m. Some people in his audience waited until after midnight for campaign buses to take them to their cars, which were parked miles away.

Walking out of the rally, The World-Herald saw two people receive help from Omaha police — an elderly woman who was warming up in the back of a police cruiser and a boy to whom an officer lent a blanket.

The Washington Post reports in their piece, Hundreds of Trump supporters stuck in the cold for hours when buses can’t reach Omaha rally:

By the time President Trump finished speaking to thousands of supporters at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield on Tuesday night and jetted away on Air Force One, the temperature had plunged to nearly freezing.

But as long lines of MAGA-clad attendees queued up for buses to take them to distant parking lots, it quickly became clear something was wrong.

The buses, the huge crowd soon learned, couldn’t navigate the jammed airport roads. For hours, attendees — including many elderly Trump supporters — stood in the cold, as police scrambled to help those most at-risk get to warmth.

At least seven people were taken to hospitals, according to Omaha Scanner, which monitors official radio traffic. Police and fire authorities didn’t immediately return messages from The Washington Post early Wednesday and declined to provide reporters on the scene with precise numbers of how many needed treatment.

Here’s a segment from MSNBC’s Morning Joe on what happened:

Stuck in the cold. Waiting in the dark for help that might not come. Victimized by bad planning. Other having to clean up the mess.

It’s the perfect metaphor for 4 more years of Trump.

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It’s not October 27, 2020. It’s March 27, 2020 all over again.

It’s March 27, 2020 all over again.

March 27 was only seven months ago. With everything that’s happened since then, there are times when it feels more like seven years ago. With everything that’s stayed the same — at least here in the U.S. — it might as well have been seven seconds ago. It’s not October 27, 2020. It’s March 27, 2020 all over again.

About ten days before March 27th, the US’ coronavirus progression was ten days behind Italy’s. That’s when this video featuring Italians talking to themselves ten days in the past came out:

Here are some headlines from March 27:

As far as I’m concerned, it’s not October 27, 2020. It’s March 27, 2020 all over again.

We’re on our own, and we’re all in this together.

Because it’s March 27, 2020 all over again, it means that we’re simultaneously on our own, and all in this together. It means that bringing things back to normal is up to us. We’re not getting any help from what sadly and hilariously passes for government here.

It means that it’s up to us — as individuals, and as members of families and communities — to manage the current situation and help bring about a better one. It means taking simple but very necessary steps in order to make that happen.

If you’re eligible, and you haven’t done so already, vote. Want to make things better? Vote Trump out. Have a voting plan.

There will be fools and idiots who will buy into conspiracy theories, mistake inconvenience for oppression, and ignore science and medicine. Don’t join them.

We’re seeing record numbers of COVID-19 cases. We’re moving into flu season, which may create what some people are calling a “twindemic”. We might see election-related unrest.

There may be a run on supplies. There might be a need to shelter in place from viruses, violence, or both. You should take some time this week to make sure that you’re fully stocked on what you need, whether it’s food, medicines, and other supplies.

We’re more than half a year into a plague, and you might be suffering from “hygiene fatigue”. Don’t let up. Wash your hands. Wash your reusable masks.

It’s harder to keep your life in order when your environment’s a mess. Clean up.

In uncertain, unpredictable times, a routine can be a rock that you can rely on to help you manage. If you’ve been maintaining a routine already, keep it up! If you haven’t, start!

The twin terrors of stress and boredom can cause you to seek out “retail therapy”. The effect is short-lived, and right now, you should be saving. Cut spending wherever you can.

Get outside and keep your body in fighting shape. You’re going to need it.

It’s all too easy to not know the people in your immediate area, and we’re all the worse for it. Individual neighbors are a help, and when organized, they can do amazing things. Even though we have to stay distanced, find a way to get to know your neighbors.

There’s enough that’s gone wrong all around us. The last thing you want is more things gone wrong at home. Make an attempt to fix something at home that you’ve “learned to live with”. It’ll be good practice for fixing some bigger things.

Connect. Stay in touch with friends and family. Re-establish communications if you’ve let them slide. Also make new connections. If you have the inclination, connect with the intent to organize to help bring about better times.

It’s March 27, 2020 all over again. Maybe we can get it right this time.

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Voting for Trump is voting against the rule of law

Rome fell partly due to outside forces, but largely because of the rot from within. Tap to view at full size.

The Trump campaign may claim that they’re about law and order, but the evidence and their outright in-your-face criminality says otherwise. It’s only their collective incompetence that keeps them from being more dangerous and lawless. Voting for Trump is voting against the rule of law.

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Like any such compilation, the above chart of criminal activity by grifters in Trump’s circle is already out of date. It’s missing Brad Parscale, who was campaign manager until the Trump rally in Tulsa, a flop so spectacular that it has its own Wikipedia entry. It also proved to be expensive not just in a financial sense, but in terms of people infected and lives lost (including Herman Cain’s).

Photo: Still photos of a drunk and shirtless Brad Parscale getting tackled and arrested.

Last month, a shirtless and slurring Parscale got “Baker Acted” (a very Florida term for being detained because you’re going to hurt yourself or others) after barricading himself in his house with a loaded gun. The police managed to coax him outside, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate how you tackle and arrest an extremely tall person (Parscale’s height is 6’8″ / 203 cm). It’s all documented in this video:

If you’re eligible to vote, you have a civic duty to vote Trump and his band of looting hangers-on out. They are the true threat to law and order.

But don’t take my word for it — take if from actual lawyer Devin Stone, whom you might know better as YouTube’s own Legal Eagle, who makes the case that:

A vote for President Trump is a vote that says the law doesn’t matter.

It’s a vote that says it’s okay if the rich and powerful use the law unequally.

It’s a vote that says criminals will not be punished.

But that only happens if we allow it.

I still believe the law matters.

I still believe in equal protection.

I still believe in justice.

And I hope that you do too.

And I hope that you consider the rule of law when you vote.

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Pictures aplenty for Sunday, October 25, 2020

Illustration — What you see on your lawn: “Trump: Keep America great!” sign. What I see on your lawn: “RACIST lives here.”

Meme — Biden: “If you make over 400K a year, your taxes will be higher.” Guys from my high school that make 35K a year: (Woman screaming in fear)

Photo: Michelle Wolf: “You know, in high school, if you didn’t believe in science, it was just called failing.”

Photo: Armed militia men on the steps of a government building, with the caption “Men unhappy being told what to do with their bodies”

Photo: Two signs, side by side: “Jesus matters” and “All gods matter”.

Photo: Pin that looks like NASA pin, but says “NOT FLAT — we checked”

Meme: “If we are in a lockdown situation for Christmas and you don’t get to visit your family, remember that this isn’t the government’s fault. This is your 10 week warning! Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stop having house parties. Stop meeting in big groups. The list goes on. Don’t ruin it for everyone else.”

Photo comic — Man in hotel room: “I’d like a wake-up call please.” Front desk: “Of course sir... As a worker, you have been losing a class war against the rich and the ruling oligarchy for 40 years. It’s time to do something about it.”

Meme: “Why do D&D players take coronavirus seriously? We’ve learned two things from experience: A 2% chance of death is NOT as low as it sounds, and no matter how high your constitution score, there’s ALWAYS a chance you’ll fail your saving throw.”

Graphic: Peel the blue line off a “Thin blue line” flag and you’ll reveal the Nazi flag.

Photo: Woman reading bible and woman reading Quran: “Look, you’re going to Hell.” “OMG you too!”

Meme: I never leave the house without my collection of magic items.

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A moment that proved that Trump doesn’t represent America — just himself

Photo: Trump throwing a knowing glance during his call with Netanyahu

During today’s announcement of the opening of trade between Israel and Sudan (a big step towards normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries), what should’ve been a pure win got spoiled by a moment that proved that Trump doesn’t represent America — just himself. 

Here’s the video of that moment:

The brokering of a deal between Israel and Sudan, an adversary that overthrew its dictator last year and now has a Prime Minister who has appointed the country’s first female ministers, is a foreign policy achievement that Trump could have used in his campaign.

But he can’t use it now, because he made about Biden. The story isn’t about the Trump administration brokering a mideast peace deal anymore. It’s now a two-part story, the first of which is that yet another foreign leader betting on Trump losing the election.

(Netanyahu’s reluctance is part diplomacy and part pragmatism — as the leader of a country that depends on American largesse, he knows how badly Trump is doing in the polls. He’s also aware that the UK government also knows.)

More importantly, it’s about how Trump puts himself above his own country. Between the campaign, coming down with COVID-19, and all the damage control he’s had to do, he likely hasn’t devoted much of his own time to brokering the Israel/Sudan deal. The work was done by other people in the administration, who work under the mantle of the Trump administration, who in turn doing their work under the mantle of the United States.

The President of the United States should not be trying to bait a foreign leader into bad-mouthing any individual American, never mind one who is a former Senator and Vice President. This is the second part of the story: That proved that Trump doesn’t represent America — just himself. He tried to turn government work into a campaign moment, and he took America’s moment and tried to turn it into Trump’s moment.

For the love of this country, vote this narcissistic, incompetent, self-serving man-child out of office on November 3rd.

Further reading and viewing

It Happened to Me Music Tampa Bay

Sign of the day: “Presidents are Temporary. Wu-Tang is forever!”

Photo: U.S. election campaign-style sign that reads: “Presidents are temporary. Wu-Tang is forever 2020.”
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Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorI saw this on this in Hampton Terrace during this morning’s 10K bike ride.

I think I’ll close this post with something you might not have seen: A scene from Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes that puts together Wu-Tang’s GZA, RZA, and Bill Murray at the same booth in a café: