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Biden boots Bloom from Postal Service board, DeJoy’s days as Postmaster are numbered
Joan McCarter

The House Democrats finally passed Build Back Better! Can this day get better? Why yes, yes it can. Friday, President Joe Biden announced his nominees for the United States Postal Service Board of Governors, “to replace outgoing Governors Ron Bloom and John Barger.”

Yes, current board chair Ron Bloom—Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s greatest champion—will not be returning when his term is up on Dec. 8. Thank you, President Biden!
Biden is nominating Daniel Tangherlini, the former administrator of the General Services Administration in the Obama administration, to replace Bloom. Derek Kan, Republican and former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, would replace Republican John M. Barger. The board is made up of nine members, and is bipartisan. There are currently four Democrats, four Republicans, and one Independent. Biden will have appointed five members once these nominations are confirmed.
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“The USPS serves hundreds of millions of Americans across the nation every day,” the White House wrote in the statement announcing the nominations. “President Biden is committed to supporting USPS workers so that they can continue delivering for their fellow Americans, particularly those in rural communities, veterans, and older Americans who rely so heavily on the Postal Service.”

“President Biden is also committed to strengthening and modernizing this critical public institution and its services to ensure it continues serving the American people for decades to come,” the statement continues.

Tangherlini, the White House said in making the announcement, “served in leadership roles in the public, non-profit and private sectors. His interest is in bringing increased equity and efficiency to business, philanthropy, and government through the thoughtful application of technology, process, and systems reform.” In addition to his time at the head of GSA, he served as “Chief Financial Officer at the Department of the Treasury, as City Administrator and Deputy Mayor of Washington, D.C. under Mayor Fenty; as Interim General Manager of DC’s Metro; the first Director of the D.C. Department of Transportation; the CFO of the DC Metropolitan Police Department; and various roles in the Federal Government at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.”

Kan is currently an executive at Deliverr, an e-commerce fulfillment startup. He’s also served as an executive for Lyft, and was a director of the Amtrak Board, nominated by President Barack Obama. He also served as a policy adviser to Mitch McConnell when he was Majority Leader in the Senate, along with a revolving set of executive offices under Trump, including as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the United States Department of Transportation, under then-Secretary Elaine Chao—who is also McConnell’s spouse. Seems like the administration found the most McConnell-friendly nominee possible.

The Washington Post has some delicious nuggets on the story, including the fact that “Bloom as recently as last week told confidants he expected to be renominated, said one person familiar with his conversations.” At their November 10 meeting, the Trump-appointed majority on the board voted to keep Bloom as chair over the objections of the Democrats on the board. That vote of confidence from Trumpsters clearly wasn’t enough to sway Biden.

Behind the scenes, a core group of Democratic senators told Biden to boot Bloom.

At least two Senate Democrats, Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Jon Tester (Mont.),” the Post reports, “cited ethics concerns in communications with the White House over Bloom’s renomination, according to representatives from their offices.” In addition to them, Wisconsin’s Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sens. Kirstin Gillibrand (New York), Jeff Merkley (Oregon), and Vermont’s Independent Bernie Sanders have all told the White House Bloom’s ongoing support of DeJoy disqualifies him from the post.

Gillibrand said she would “vigorously oppose” Bloom if he were nominated again. “During a time when Americans have relied on the Postal Service for prescriptions, benefits and voting, DeJoy has slashed service hours, arbitrarily removed mail processing equipment and caused unprecedented and widespread delays,” she told the Post. Sanders said that the “major crises” confronting the demand “a Postal Service board of governors that is committed to replacing Mr. DeJoy with a postmaster general who will protect and strengthen the Postal Service, not undermine and sabotage it.”

The Board of Governors, which will have a majority of Biden nominees once these confirmations are done, has the power to remove DeJoy—they’re the only ones that can do it and now two of DeJoy’s biggest boosters will be gone. The White House has made it clear that they’re not happy with DeJoy, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki saying back in February, “I think we can all agree, most Americans would agree, that the Postal Service needs leadership that can and will do a better job.”

Is Tangherlini going into this with the expectation that he’ll hasten DeJoy’s departure? I’m pretty sure that’s a yes. DeJoy has been a walking, talking conglomeration of corruption since he took office, straight from his big donations to Republicans and the Trump convention through to his investments with Bloom’s investment firm. On the way, the company he founded and still has a financial interest in has gotten some sweet USPS contracts.

If the corruption wasn’t bad enough, there’s the destruction of the Postal Service during a pandemic—the delayed mail, the dismantling of post office infrastructure, the 10-year plan to purposely make mail delivery a lot slower and cost more—all of this. DeJoy seemingly bribed his way into the job, and Trump put him there to screw up the mail ahead of the 2020 election. DeJoy has got to go, and now it looks like his days in the office are numbered. The remaining board members are going to have to nail down anything he might be able to steal on the way out.
 
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Senate confirms Chuck Sams by voice vote to lead National Parks Service. Here's why that matters
Marissa Higgins

Amid an onslaught of distressing news, a recent unanimous move by the U.S. Senate has given us all something to celebrate. On Thursday night, the Senate confirmed Chuck F. Sams III as the first Native American to head the National Parks Service (NPS), as reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Sams was confirmed by a voice vote, which is pretty cool in that it shows how uniform the decision was. Mind you, it’s fundamentally shameful that a Native American person hasn’t served as director of the NPS in its 100-plus-year history, but given the way our nation continues to uphold structural racism, it’s not terribly surprising. Sams is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He recently worked on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (a position to which, notably, he was nominated by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown) and has ample experience in land management. This is obviously a good thing, given that the Director of NPS role involves managing the national parks system (which includes hundreds of areas in every state, plus U.S. territories), battlefields, monuments, and historical sites.
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This isn’t the only exciting news to come out of the Department of Interior within the last few days. While speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday evening, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon encouraged lawmakers to pass Sams’s nomination, describing Sams as “hardworking,” “committed,” and the right nominee to lead the NPS, as well as a role model when it comes to serving and protecting our lands and waters.

As a quick refresher, the NPS is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. The Interior is led by Secretary Deb Haaland, a citizen of Pueblo of Laguna. As you might remember, Haaland also made history when she became the first Native American person to serve in a presidential cabinet. Haaland has been supportive of Sams’ nomination since President Joe Biden nominated Sams back in August, praising his “diverse experience” as excellent preparation for the role. So, for Haaland and Sams to work together in these roles is, in itself, meaningful and historic.

Relatedly, on Friday, Haaland has moved to
finally remove derogatory names from federal lands. If you’re not sure what this refers to, Haaland is taking steps to ensure that “squaw” is removed from federal land designations; “squaw” has long been a racist, misogynist term explicitly used in reference to Native women. Still, more than 600 federal land units technically include the term, and Haaland wants to get procedures moving to have those terms removed and names updated.

In a press release, Haaland stressed that lands and waters “should be places to celebrate the outdoors and our shared cultural heritage—not to perpetuate the legacies of oppression.” She added that removing these offensive terms will help “accelerate” our big-picture goal of honoring ancestors who have “stewarded our lands since time immemorial.”

There is truly a limitless amount of work to be done to repair systemic harm (and frankly, systemic violence) committed against Indigenous folks in the U.S. Getting Indigenous folks into office certainly isn’t the end of the road, but it’s still a step in the right direction and always worth celebrating and honoring.
 

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Biden back in charge after brief transfer of presidential powers
Brandi Buchman

The nation had its first woman president on Friday, albeit for just a short while, while President Joe Biden visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday for a colonoscopy and routine physical.

In a message distributed to the press corps Friday morning ahead of the procedure, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Vice President Kamala Harris would have the powers of the presidency transferred to her for a “brief period of time” as Biden goes undergoes the procedure.
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“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia. The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Psaki said early Friday.

When the procedure concluded, Biden notified Senator Patrick Leahy, the President pro tempore that he was back in the saddle and ready to discharge his duties. A similar letter was also sent to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

The White House is expected to release a written statement summarizing Biden’s physical later Friday.

Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, who at the time of his inauguration was the oldest president to ever assume office, had a checkered past in terms of making his medical records public. Before being elected, Trump did not release medical records but rather a letter from his doctor saying that he was in “excellent physical health.” It was not until 2018 that Trump had his first presidential health examination, also at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland.

Trump had a few more physical exams during his term, and despite recommendations that he lose weight—he was technically obese and had “bad” cholesterol—he failed to follow doctor’s orders for more exercise and a cleaner diet. Last October, after the 45th president contracted COVID-19, he was hospitalized with extremely low oxygen levels, fever, and congestion.

Then White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spun his prognosis as “mild,” as did Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley, who refused to answer questions about whether there was damage to Trump’s lung tissue or signs of pneumonia related to coronavirus. A bevy of sources who spoke to The New York Times in February painted a far bleaker picture of Trump’s condition.

Biden, who turns 79 this weekend, last released a summary of his health in 2019. The assessment was done by Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s long-time primary care doctor who also served as the director of executive medicine at George Washington Medical Faculty Associates.

O’Connor said Biden was “healthy” and “vigorous” for his then-77 years, though he was being treated for an irregular heartbeat, despite showing no symptoms. Biden also took a prescription drug to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, medication for heartburn, and a preventive pill for blood clots. He has no known medical allergies.

Biden had one brain aneurysm in the late 1980s, had his gallbladder removed in 2003, and has undergone surgical removal of non-melanoma skin cancer lesions. Biden said the lesions were likely due to his time spent in the sun as a lifeguard years before.

The president injured his foot playing with his dog last November, but a check-up in February determined the fracture had fully healed.

As for Biden’s colonoscopy on Friday, the procedure is of critical importance.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. In 2021 alone, 104,270 new cases of colon cancer were identified and 45,230 new cases of rectal cancer. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 for men and about 1 in 25 for women.

In America, colorectal cancer is not only the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women, but it is the second-most common cause of cancer death when men and women are combined. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2021, colorectal cancer will have caused about 52,980 deaths.

Biden is not overweight or obese and keeps fairly active, two elements key in preventing colorectal cancer.

Though getting a colonoscopy can be somewhat anxiety-inducing given the preparation that goes into it, things have changed dramatically in recent years, making the process less harrowing and well worth the rewards of staying healthy and cancer-free.
 

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Hey, Marbles, Rittenhouse was found NOT GUILTY on all counts. Just wanted to make sure you know.
 

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Proud Boys call for 'stacking up' bodies 'like cord wood' after Rittenhouse verdict

On Friday, NPR reported that extreme right groups are rejoicing at the acquittal of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse — and are fantasizing about instigating more violence in their private channels......
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"In one Telegram channel for the far-right Proud Boys, some noted they had taken the day off work to await the verdict," reported Odette Yousef. "'There's still a chance for this country,' wrote one. In another channel, a member stated that political violence must continue. 'The left wont stop until their bodie(s) get stacked up like cord wood,' he wrote.".....
 

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Trump Fluffs Kevin McCarthy for His Impotent Oratory Opposing Biden's Build Back Better Bill
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After many weeks of debate and negotiation, and hysterical harangues by Donald Trump, President Biden's "Build Back Better" bill has finally passed in the House of Representatives. The vote took place later than expected because Republican minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, sought to delay the vote by rambling on tediously for eight and a half hours.

McCarthy's extended exercise in vapidity had no discernible legislative purpose. He wasn't going to persuade any supporters of the bill to change their votes. He wasn't going to wrestle some concession from Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The only reasons he tortured his colleagues with his interminable tirade were to kiss up to Donald Trump, advance his aspirations for speakership, and to force the vote into the wee hours so he could later claim it was passed surreptitiously.

So how did he do? He failed to force a midnight vote because Pelosi easily outsmarted him by simply rescheduling it for the next morning. He failed to secure his post as GOP leader because his long-winded lecture was littered with lies and often absurd trivialities. Which leaves his hopes of winning the appreciation of the Creature from the Mar-a-Lagoon. In that McCarthy succeeded. Trump posted a tweet (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) applauding McCarthy's late-night sermon:

"Great job by Kevin McCarthy last night, setting a record by going over 8 hours of speaking on the House Floor in order to properly oppose Communism. We must never forget what the Democrats have done, at the highest level of evil. If Mitch McConnell had fought, you would have a different Republican President right now."

The first thing that needs to be established is that there is no way that Trump listened to more than a few minutes of McCarthy's rant. Trump isn't praising what McCarthy said, just that he took more than eight hours to say it. So it's ironic that Trump is complimenting him for "properly oppos[ing] Communism." There is nothing that McCarthy's monologue resembled more closely than the endless elocution of Cuba's communist commandant Fidel Castro or Russia's overly talkative tyrant, Vladimir Putin.

Although it was generous of Trump to advise his cult disciples to "never forget what the Democrats have done." What they've done is to pass a bill with dozens of programs that are broadly popular. They include initiatives to address childcare, climate change, health care, the economy, and more. And that's on top of the previous infrastructure bill that was also a political winner.

Trump was also helpful in providing a reminder that the achievements attained by Democrats came at a time of "the highest level of evil." Of course Trump didn't mean to reference himself in that regard, but it was an obvious assumption. He further implicated his senatorial snake in the grass, Mitch McConnell, who he has been fuming about frequently as of late.

You really have to wonder whose side Trump is on these days. He has taken to maligning Republicans almost as much as Democrats. He is recruiting primary opponents for GOP incumbents in Congress and governorships. This unfriendly fire is creating hostility within the Republican Party. Some Republicans, such as Liz Cheney, are firing back with significant force.

Even more problematic for the GOP, the recruits that Trump is signing up are uncommonly unqualified for public service. They are inexperienced, hold extremist fringe positions, and have some unsavory histories. In fact, the only thing they have in common is their unflinching fealty to Trump. Which actually answers the question above about whose side Trump is on. Just as it has been for as long he's he's been in public life. Trump is always, and only, on Trump's side.
 

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Just in Time for Thanksgiving, a Cornucopia of Buttholes
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Forgive me if I’m off my game tonight, it’s been a dark, ugly, infuriating day. I’d love to focus on the good news, like the recently-enacted bipartisan infrastructure bill, or the House passing the Build Back Better Act, but the sheer, institutionalized efficiency with which the modern American right shepherds the nation’s shittiest white boys from radicalization to terrorism to escaping justice…all I’m saying is, expect typos; I have vomited in disgust upon my keyboard several times already.

Anyway, the two parties are basically the same, only one builds bridges and helps folks get health care while the other diligently crafts a system where the killers their politicians and pundits incite with toxic rhetoric need not face legal consequences for ending human lives. (The one with the donkey is the non-murdery one.)......
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Hey, look! Disgraced Erdoğan puppet Michael Flynn believes every American should be forced to kneel before the same “god” that’s guided him through his misspent life of crime, hatred, treason, and humiliation, and at the risk of editorializing, um, **** that. Boy, these skeevy little ****s have all sortsa skeevy little plans for the post-Constitution world they dream of, don’t they?......
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New documents from the CDC reveal the extraordinary lengths the Turdmaggot Administration took to actively obstruct the public health response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and I confess, I’m a tad confused; how the **** are we not, as one united nation, demanding Off-Brand Orbán be thrown down a ****ing well in punishment for the thousands upon thousands of unnecessary deaths he caused?

Ok, I’ll be honest, I’m not confused. At all. I lied. I understand perfectly well; thing is, millions of Americans are only too happy to swap millions of jobs, billions in economic carnage, and even hundreds of thousands of their countrymen’s lives for the tacit permission to do what Kyle Rittenhouse did, and that’s what the Deposed Dotard offers.

Sleep tight........
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Hey kids, if you’re not 18 years of age, I’m gonna need you to get your parents’ permission before proceeding through this paragraph, because the spectacle of engorged ragetick Alex Jones begging his audience for money to keep his shitgeyser disinformation empire afloat is positively pornographic in our justice-starved world.

(By the way, go ahead and wire him those funds, you rubes; the money’ll only wind up with the Sandy Hook families he terrorized for years. Consider it an asshole tax.)........
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Significantly less arousing is Steve Bannon’s herky-jerky slither/strut down the MAGA martyrdom runway. Personally, I prefer my “revolutionaries” a little less hateful/evil/oozing-with-pus, but tastes vary........
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I guess Laura Ingraham now fancies herself some sort of comedian, but even Fox’s generally-successful gaslighting operation has its limits.......
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So, Congressional Republicans oppose health care, and infrastructure, and childcare, and education, and voting rights, and free speech, and combating climate change…so what’re they FOR? Not much, honestly…outside of preserving their own right to call for their colleagues’ murder, of course.

Yes, in the aftermath of the Gosar censure vote, it’s official: “one ought not threaten the lives of one’s co-workers” is now an exceedingly divisive partisan statement, but it’s really both sides that’re to blame for our arrival at this dangerous, deeply ****ed-up point, just ask Chuck Todd. Gosar pointedly refused to apologize for his vile act, and indeed defiantly re-blasted the offending video immediately upon censure, a snarling proclamation that he will not be held to the standards of decency, or even of civilization........
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I’m trying to deliver some laffs for y’all, I truly am, but it’s tricky finding punchlines here on this shitty, shitty march backwards towards human history’s darkest corners. Minority Leader McCarthy, who can’t get rid of Kinzinger and Cheney fast enough, not only wants to restore Gosar and Taylor Greene to their committee assignments, but already fantasizes openly about the powers he intends to vindictively abuse should his grubby, mediocre paws ever grasp the Speaker’s gavel.

Quick shout-out to the docile so-called “moderates” in K-Dawg’s caucus: how’s it feel to watch your “leader” pimp the very same white nationalist shitsacks who provoked the death threats you’re receiving these days over supporting ****ING INFRASTRUCTURE? I know the plan was to quietly blend into the background until the crazies got tired of setting shit on fire…how’s that workin’ out for y’all?

What’s that? Fascists never, ever stop taking, no matter how much you give away in your attempts to placate them? Huh. Well, I’m sure peace in our time is just around the corner.

Speaking of Keville Chamberlain, I guess he took to the House floor to pout and wail and rub shit all over himself for like, eight hours? Whatever. McCarthy not only accomplished ****all when it came to halting Build Back Better’s passage, but failed to draw any of the attention he so desperately sought, and hey, maybe America’s best chance for survival is the inescapable blandness of so many of our wannabe demagogues.

Meanwhile, Mark Meadows cackled like an unusually subpar hyena at the thought of installing Pumpkin Spice Pol Pot as Speaker of the House, (sorry, Kev) because golly gee, just IMAGINE how many people that’d bother! I wonder sometimes, when you’re part of a cult than can envision no higher purpose nor greater glory than irritating strangers, like…does no one ever raise their hand to ask, “Hang on, is this seriously all there is?

It totally is, though. Trolling peppered with periodic outbursts of terrorist violence, that’s the GOP brand. Matt Gaetz would probably be a huge hit at open mic night in the ol’ federal penitentiary, with hilarious gags like “I SHOULD MAKE KYLE RITTENHOUSE MY INTERN HAW HAW HAW,” if it weren’t for the fact that he’ll need to be kept in solitary confinement over the whole “child rapist” thing.

Still, that turned out to be such a popular bit that Gosar and Madison “The Many Homes of Hitler Tour Guide” Cawthorn are now playfully jousting over the young mass-shooter’s coffee-fetching services. Oh, and aspiring führer Ron DeSantis was too busy snickering at his own juvenile stunt to notice his press secretary, Christina Pushaw, spreading Stormfront-level anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on social media, let alone remove her from the public payroll for such disgusting behavior. Just in case anybody out there hasn’t figured out who these people are yet.........
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Well, if you ever wondered what it’d be like to see Joe McCarthy portrayed by a tenth-rate dinner theatre actor with misplaced confidence in his abilities to interpret Tennessee Williams, the good people of Louisiana have helpfully elected John Kennedy to the United States Senate. Ol’ Foghorn Dipshit may not be much of a legislator, but as a witch-hunter, he’s a truly once-in-a-generation buffoon.
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Well, I am worn down to the ****ing nub by this shit, my friends, and the time has come for me to drown my sorrows, which are ample. Please imagine extra concern in my voice this time when I say…stay safe out there, folks. Please stay safe.

OH HEY, big holiday next week. Blog might come on a weird night. Might skip a week. Let’s play it by ear.
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* You’re not crazy, “blurg” is not, in fact, a word. Language fails me these days; I’m down to grunts and nonsense.

 

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Psst, gas prices are falling, partly thanks to President Biden. Someone alert the GOP
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Gas prices are falling now? Fine, but this doesn’t come close to making up for the gelding of Mr. Potato Head or the fiendish plot to make children’s books marginally less racist.
Heading into the holiday season, Republicans are clearly rooting for bad news. To the extent that they can engineer bad outcomes, they’re doing just that—largely through their noxious resistance to proven COVID-19 mitigation efforts (remember COVID-19?), and their attempted quashing of progressive policies that flout a plutocrat-friendly status quo and put cash back into working people’s coffers.

One key pillar of their campaign to undercut their president is their promotion of a false narrative—namely, that inflation is the worst thing ever to happen to the economy and it’s all Joe Biden’s fault. And that would likely be an effective message if this were a major election year, but it’s not—and we’re now seeing the first signs of progress, in no small part because of President Biden’s leadership.
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What? Oil prices are dropping?



Well, that must mean gas prices will be … ****! Quick! Send a news copter to Central America! There has to be a migrant caravan assembling somewhere, right? If we’re lucky, one of the migrants is selling Ebola monkeys out of the back of his El Camino.




Even worse for Republicans, this appears to be the doing—at least in part—of President Biden himself.

Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil markets at the consultancy Rystad Energy, [said] that the biggest factor driving prices right now is the expected release of strategic reserves from the United States and China.
According to the White House, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the "importance of taking measures to address global energy supplies" during their virtual summit this week. That sparked chatter about a coordinated move initiated by the White House to put millions of barrels of oil on the market.

In other words, Biden and Xi put a bug in traders’ ears about releasing strategic oil reserves, and that appears to have put downward pressure on prices. Meanwhile, Biden has asked the FTC to investigate potential price gouging. So he’s taking action to address the nation’s problems … instead of endlessly and fecklessly tweeting about them.

Of course, Biden’s potential actions on gas prices are at best stopgap measures, but then that may be all he needs to restore some measure of stability, CNN reports:

But more lasting relief could be coming. The IEA said in a report this week that it expects global oil supplies to rise by 1.5 million barrels per day over November and December as some production in the United States picks up again.

Fuel prices have an oversized impact on inflation, so this is definitely a positive step. And if supply lines start to get sorted out as well, it will force Republicans to come up with boogeymen that are even more fake and phantasmagorical than the supposed scourge of critical race theory.

Oh, I have no doubt they can do it. For instance, the War on Christmas season is right around the corner, and as you can see, they’re going hammer and tongs at their newest yellow peril, Big Bird.



This isn’t to say Democrats will sweep the midterms, or even that they’re a lock to hold the White House in 2024. But the current manic coverage about Biden’s and Kamala Harris’ supposed floundering—just 10 months into their first term—is a bit much, especially less than a year removed from The Former Guy’s straight-up coup attempt.

So let’s all calm down and see how this plays out. In a year, we could be a lot closer to normal than we’ve been in a long time. Hopefully, that will be enough to keep the GOP wolves at bay.
 

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.....In state after state, they have helped elect politicians who, in turn, have created a permissive legal regime for the carry and use of firearms, rules that go far beyond how courts originally understood the concept of self-defense.

These laws have made it difficult to convict any gun owner who knowingly puts themselves in circumstances where they are likely to use their weapon—that is, anyone who goes looking for a fight. It should come as no surprise then, that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges after shooting three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, killing two of them. Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were killed; Gaige Grosskreutz was injured but survived to testify against Rittenhouse at his trial.......
 

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It was a great day to not get your face beat in via proxy police batallion by Miss Checkbox FemNazi Regional RatFauci Flu Director Sheila in Australia. When had you walked the dog, it was your business as long as the satellite didnt catch ya drop squatching a duce on Pet Cemetary.