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Ramping up the spam

Jeffrey Denny

If you’ve given $25 or more to a 2020 political candidate and were immediately overwhelmed by a flurry of fundraising emails and texts urgently demanding more more and more money to save America, you’re not alone.

It’s like feeding sandwich crumbs to a park pigeon and then being murderously flocked like Tippi Hendren in “The Birds.” And like the birds in the Hitchcock classic, the 2020 campaign fundraising demands have gotten more horrifyingly frenzied and clever by the day.

To illustrate, on Thanksgiving evening, around 7 p.m., I received an urgent email missive from someone named “Alex”

This Alex, I later Googled to glean, may be Alex Morgan, executive director of the mentioned Stop-Republicans.org. Alex used my first and last name and email address to ask me for money, but he didn’t tell me anything about Alex and where my money would be going. …

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*Not endorsed by the Harvard College Debating Union

Jeffrey Denny

The political arguments that Trump supporters post on Facebook, especially as they refuse to concede his defeat, have schooled me on how to “own” family and friends if politics come up this holiday season. Eight tips from my learnings:

1. “Disprove my fallacy”

In this political jujitsu, also known as the “Tucker Carlson,” you declare an outrageous falsehood. When challenged, you declare it’s not your job to prove your claim; the onus is on your challenger to disprove it.

Example: Recently on his show, Carlson allowed conservative prankster Charlie Kirk to bald-face declare without a whit of proof that Harvard professor Danielle Allen taught her students that the rise of Trump was similar to the rise of Hitler. …

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In spite of everything

Jeffrey Denny

Expecting a landslide defeat, many Americans were shocked that President Trump won nearly 74 million votes and lost by only six million.

Trump far exceeded expectations mostly due to 1) his loyal, passionate base; and 2) mainstream Republican belief he would rebuild the economy from the pandemic better than Biden.

Trump’s base would stand on hot coals and barbeque their feet for him. Reasonable Republicans loved how he boosted their retirement savings. Few Trump voters blamed him for the pandemic economic collapse.

This is why Trump could have walked to a second term — and positioned as The Great American Savior — if he had done just one simple…

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The presidency has its privileges

Jeffrey Denny

The liberal fake news mainstream media says President Trump is spending his final days in office golfing, tweeting and yelling at Fox News for betrayal and treason.

Wrong as usual. Trump is working hard dreaming up the executive orders he wants to issue before he departs:

1. Pardon me!

2. Next pardon Ghislaine Maxwell, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Nader, George Papadopoulos — all my criminals know way too much. Heck, throw in my kids just in case. They’ll turn on me in a heartbeat to save their asses. I can just hear Don junior saying, “Dad? …

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“Solitude is the soul’s holiday.” — author Katrina Kenison

Jeffrey Denny

Unless you’re a manslaughtering Covid denier or cheater, it’s sad that we can’t gather with our families this Thanksgiving lest we possibly kill our sweet old Bibi and Babu with our germs and ornery idiocy.

Covid Thanksgiving can be especially tough for singles happily living alone without the stress of having other people always in their homes due to the Covid.

If that happy single person is you, for this special Thanksgiving, take advice from a pro who loves quiet holidays:

1. Enjoy the peaceful, easy feeling.

Thanksgiving is a holiday. Or as the Olde English put it, a hāligdæg.

Holidays are meant to be a relaxing time out from everyday life with its — to put it simply — variously irritating vicissitudes. …

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Hard-core Trumpers prove why he bigly lost.

Jeffrey Denny

Near the Supreme Court, a line of riot police stood facing a few dozen protesters resting homemade shields on the ground as a MAGA throng chanted and churned behind them.

“F — — antifa!” they shouted in unison.

“Who’s antifa?” one Trump supporter wondered.

“I don’t know,” another responded. “But they don’t like her!”

Washington Post reporter on the scene, November 14, 2020

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As a happy Washingtonian for 30+ years, it pains me to admit that lame-duck President Trump and his straw-grasping media are sometimes right about Democrat-run cities: It can be a horrifying nightmare here.

For example, on November 14, roughly 0.001% of a million MAGAs descended on Washington to demonstrate that America’s education system has a LOT of work to do. …

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Things I want to experience before the resurgent Corona finally kills me

Jeffrey Denny

“Between the cold weather, lax behaviors and the holidays, December and January will be the worst months the United States has seen so far in the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts said this week.” — USA Today, Nov. 10, 2020

As the Covid pandemic heads into a Game of Thrones winter when snow, ice and freezing winds conspire with a deadly virus to make us stay indoors, order more delivery, fatten even more, and perhaps die sooner because of defiant mask-less troglodytes, I am planning to celebrate life before I succumb to what Trump patriots are calling the “Fauci Plague.” …

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You don’t get to ruin America even more

Jeffrey Denny

To Trump diehards still defiantly clinging to their nasty sore loser historic disaster shipwreck of the worst president ever, like the crusty barnacles on the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, I feel sorry for you.

I mean that with all due respect, in a sarcastically caustic way, speaking Trumper language. I feel for you. My heart goes out. You are who you are.

You can’t help that as a Trump barnacle, you’re akin to an arthropod in the infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea. Be you. Be best. HuffPo says be whatever you want to be, damn the haters.

But like the barnacle-related crab and lobster that happen upon my dinner plate, roasted or boiled with plenty of butter and lemon with a snip of parsley, I feel tragically for the hardcore, hapless…

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci/WVID NBC Detroit/November 5, 2020

What the Deep State wanted him to say

Jeffrey Denny

Bigly defeated President Donald J. Trump refuses to concede that most Americans want to scrape him off their shoes.

Behind the scenes, meanwhile, an anonymous Trump White House Deep State staffer, seeking absolution for his mortal sins of serving Trump, drafted and leaked a Trump concession speech he would never deliver:

My fellow Americans:

And by “my fellow Americans” let me be perfectly clear, I don’t just mean my Trump Americans, the people I inspire to hate their fellow Americans who disagree with them.

By the way, have you ever noticed how you never see my MAGA rally people at my golf resorts? Obviously we can’t let them in because our wealthy members want to keep the riffraff out.

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“Be best”

Jeffrey Denny

With Biden’s win and Trump’s defeat now in the books, it’s sorely tempting for Democrats like me to preen, crow, gloat, talk smack, end-zone twerk and shoot off 100 rounds from our AR-15s with high capacity magazines and fast triggers if anyone had any.

Just like we know Trumpers would do if Trump succeeded in rigging the vote to defeat Biden, America, democracy, the rule of law, checks and balances and basic human decency. Trump means never having grace in win or loss.

But we Democrats are better than that, right? So let’s be seriously chill and try to celebrate with all due decency and respect. …

Jeffrey Denny

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