I've got pine resin all over my hands from putting it in the stand etc. Heh.
Tomorrow, after work, I'm going to wrap some lights around the post light. Minimal outdoor decoration but at least it'll be something.
There is only one version of this song that's any damned good:
If there's someone to sing, it's gotta be Bing.
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I had a glimpse of something that might be the beginning of this year's Christmas vignette. "Handel's 'Messiah' for Harpsichord and Theremin!"
I've been wanting to write something slapsticky, a bit of farce for a change--strangely, I can do farce very well when I'm inspired to it--but getting the inspiration for it is the hard part.
We'll see how I do.
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This situation would be the right wing getting the last laugh. So-and-so was not interested in who was voting, but in who was counting the votes. Turns out Mike Pence is, ultimately, the man who counts the electoral college votes:
There is a very strong Constitutional theory that the power to open and count the votes of the presidential electors is vested exclusively in the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate is actually the Vice President of the United States--Trump's running mate, Mike Pence.No, here's the thing: in D&D you can always argue with the DM. But if you do, you'd better hope your argument is a good one, because once the DM makes his call, that is IT.
Therefore, if this theory is true, Mike Pence can simply open the Republican certificates and toss the Democrat certificates into the trash. The Democrats could howl and shout and gnash their teeth, but they cannot count votes that Pence doesn't open.
I have laid out the legal arguments and historical precedent for Pence's power in my earlier article, so I wont repeat them here. Suffice to say, if opening and counting the votes of the presidential electors is like playing white box D&D, then Mike Pence is the designated dungeonmaster. And nobody gets to argue with the DM.
All Mike Pence has to do is count the Republican votes, and refuse to count the Democrat ones, and Biden loses. Period.
There would be lawsuits that the Supreme Court would take, of course. But here's the thing: ONE BRANCH OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT TELL ANOTHER BRANCH WHAT TO DO. The executive can't tell the legislature what to do. The legislature can't tell the executive what to do. The judiciary cannot tell either branch what to do.
--subject to certain narrowly-defined areas, of course. For example, the legislature can impeach and remove an executive. The judiciary is appointed by the executive and that appointment is confirmed by the legislature; the judiciary does not select its own members. The theory at work is checks and balances so that no one branch has more power than the other. It almost works all the time, except when one political party craves power too much and gets control of all three branches.
The Supreme Court can't tell Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, to count Democrat votes. If they tried to arrogate that power to themselves, he'd be well within his rights to tell them to fold their court order until it's all corners and then shove it up their collective ass. The judiciary can make whatever decisions they want to make, but neither of the other branches of the government has to heed them. The same way that the executive can't tell the judiciary how they're going to rule on a case, and the judiciary can't write law for the legislature. (Roe v. Wade not withstanding.)
"That would cause a constitutional crisis!" And what do you think we have right now, with the Democrat party openly trying to steal the presidential election?
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And so I've been seeing references to "EO 13848".
It's an executive order issued by President Trump. The whole text is here and it deals with what happens if we have positive proof of foreign interference in an election in the United States.
It was signed September 12, 2018, so it's not something he just whipped out when he learned of the Democrat cheating; I'd bet that it was issued, in fact, with the expectation that they'd capture evidence of foreign tampering in the 2020 election.
As they have, in fact, captured.
We know that the Dominion voting machines sent voting information to other countries. Germany and Venezuela, at least, and possibly others. We also have significant indication that China took a personal interest in the course of this election, and I'm betting there's hard evidence of it that we haven't seen.
First line of section one:
Not later than 45 days after the conclusion of a United States election, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the heads of any other appropriate executive departments and agencies (agencies), shall conduct an assessment of any information indicating that a foreign government, or any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government, has acted with the intent or purpose of interfering in that election.The EO talks about "not later than 45 days after the election". That deadline is this coming Friday.
People are warning Trump that the left will hate him if he pulls out a win--the left already hates him so much they want to carpet bomb red America, to punish people for voting for him.
Not just the left, but the RINOs hate him, too. The only difference between the left and the RINOs is that the RINOs don't want there to be a purge of the right wing! The RINOs are perfectly fine with the right wing being disenfranchised as long as there are no vulgar expressions of patriotism or, you know, support for traditional America. It's so passe, you know, and, well, cringy when people start waving the American flag! That's not who we are! We don't fight; we lose with grace and put our support behind the guy who stole the office because he's not Donald Trump!
But in any case, this thing still isn't over. The left has declared victory every step of the way, but I think they're just trying to make a lie into reality a la Goebbels. (And they call us the fascists.)
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Holy shit did Rosemary Clooney have a hell of a voice. If you think such-and-such pop star can sing, you've never listened to Rosemary!
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I'm not making nearly as many Christmas cookies as I did last year...but I will be making some.
1) Pecan tarts
2) Pecan crescents
3) Peanut butter (with Hershey's kisses)
4) M&M (chocolate chip but with red and green mini M&Ms instead)
I'll be baking a pumpkin pie for my wife, too. The one I made was delicious (though I didn't eat much, just a sliver to check the taste).
So--baking, finish my shopping, wrap, get the stuff for Christmas dinner...and I need to buy my wife an anniversary gift, too, because our anniversary is a week later. Year 8, pottery or ceramics.