Saturday, November 7, 2020

Last Call For Harris, Her Time As Well

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spent much of her victory speech on Saturday night showing gratitude for women who she said had “paved the way for this moment tonight,” highlighting Black women in particular, whom she called “the backbone of our democracy.”

Ms. Harris, who is Black and South Asian, said from the stage in Wilmington, Del., that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. deserved credit for having the “audacity” to choose a woman as his vice president. She wore an all-white outfit in apparent tribute to suffragists.

Her comments echoed the words of Black women across the United States who spent Saturday celebrating Ms. Harris’s ascent, whether at impromptu parties in streets and parks or around a television at home.

“I’m very proud to be a Black woman, very proud to witness this important time in history, given the huge divide that we have in our nation right now,” Tracie Hunter said from the produce section of a Los Angeles grocery store. Ms. Hunter said she was “encouraged that we can continue to have our little Black girls and other girls of color feel encouraged, like they can do whatever they want to do and they can be whatever they want to be.”

Yolanda Latimore, the owner of an advertising agency in Macon, Ga., said Ms. Harris’s rise to the vice presidency was particularly important and would show young Black girls that anything is possible.

“I know that it won’t solve all problems, but it definitely will raise the spirit and the drive of Black women,” Ms. Latimore said, adding that she was “just so glad to see something like this happen.”

Carole Porter, 56, a health care information technology team leader who lives in Richmond, Calif., is a close friend of Ms. Harris’s and first met her at the neighborhood bus stop when they were children in Berkeley, Calif. The pair rode the bus together each morning to a more affluent area. In 1970, Ms. Harris joined the second elementary school class in Berkeley to be desegregated by busing.

“We didn’t know that we were in the middle of this social moment,” said Ms. Porter, who remembered Ms. Harris as studious and disciplined. “We just knew we had to get up really early for school and it was a long way from home.”

When Ms. Porter got a text message from a friend confirming the Biden-Harris ticket had won on Saturday, she said she started to cry, and thought of Ms. Harris’s mother.

“I thought of the West Berkeley flatlands,” she said, “this small, immigrant, people of color, redlined neighborhood we grew up in
History is made as time passes, but sometime what comes to pass is truly historic, and this moment, the first Black woman Vice-President, is going to be something you tell your grandkids and great-grandkids about for a long time.

The White House Goes Viral, Again, Con't

The ongoing White House COVID-19 outbreak (third in three months now, or more correctly one big giant outbreak over the last 90 days) has now spread to a number of Trump WH staff, including chief of staff Mark Meadows, who apparently tested positive this week and kept quiet for 48 hours after the election.

Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff who abided by President Trump’s efforts to play down the coronavirus throughout the summer, has contracted the virus himself, a senior administration official said on Friday night.

Mr. Meadows tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the official said, and he told a small group of advisers. A Trump campaign adviser, Nick Trainer, has also learned he has the virus, a person briefed on his diagnosis said.

And four other White House officials tested positive for the virus, a person familiar with the diagnoses told The New York Times. Bloomberg News also reported on the additional cases.

One White House official, who asked for anonymity because the official was not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said people were told to keep quiet about the various cases. That follows how Mr. Meadows reacted when there was an outbreak in Vice President Mike Pence’s office a few weeks ago. At the time, Mr. Meadows sought to keep those cases from becoming public.

His diagnosis came as the pandemic rampaged across the United States, which has averaged more than 100,000 new cases per day over the past week and hit another record on Friday, with more than 132,700 cases in a single day.

As of Saturday morning, more than 9,830,800 people in the United States had been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 236,500 had died.

Folks, I'm going to be honest with you. I'm terrified.

We're on track for 3,000,000 plus new cases of COVID-19 for the month of November, if not more.  The pandemic is now fully out of control, and the one percent of the entire country that will get this disease are just the ones getting tested, when far more will actually catch and spread it.

December will be worse, almost certainly.

A national lockdown over the holidays is necessary, but it won't happen, and state and local lockdowns will be blocked by Republicans anyway especially now.

By the time Biden takes office, we could possibly double the cases we have now.

More than 18 million.

It would be catastrophic.

And Trump and the GOP will make sure this country burns and hundreds of thousands die just to spite the people who didn't vote for them.

BREAKING: So About That Long National Nightmare...

 It's over.









And my favorite...



Feels good, huh?

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