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Today, Xi Pingjin’s rubber-stamp so-called parliament voted 2,878 to ONE to impose tougher restrictions on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. And of course violent clashes promptly took place in the Autonomous Region between protesters and police.
Promptly, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that as a consequence, some 300,000 Hong Kongers who hold British passports will be allowed into the UK, with a clear passage to fealty to the Queen; and tomorrow, Donald Trump claims he will announce how he will retaliate against Xi.
As soon as Raab completed his remarks, our London-based associate solitary reporter, Danielle Packwood, was there as Raab was joined — most reluctantly — by First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, a veteran of Margaret Thatcher’s defense of her faraway Falklands.
With Admiral Radakin remaining silent — much to his distress — Raab then proceeded to tell ASR Packwood that Radakin will immediately send hundreds of war boats to Hong Kong to occupy it and immediately turn it over to the Queen.
Then, Raab left, and, finally the good Admiral was able to tell Packwood that it would take at least two months to get his fleet to the Hong Kong Autonomous Region.
“Danielle,” he cried, “the only way to stop Xi is for Donald Trump to send his warplanes to Beijing right away.”
So Packwood texted associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones, who immediately texted back, saying “Nothing doing, Trump’s too busy blaming the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolist on Joe Biden."
Maybe Even Texas Could Vote for Biden; Plus, Comparing the Lone Star State with the Centennial State
In the good old days when LBJ (1908-1973) was Senate Majority Leader, Texas was solidly Democratic.
But then, along came Republican political strategist Lee Atwater (1951-1991) and his Southern Strategy, which he perfected during the Reagan and Bush One presidencies. Atwater was Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and he was well known for his very aggressive campaign tactics.
It was Atwater who figured out how to elect Republicans to the White House based on the well-known fact that Southern whites were not happy about racial integration; and that same strategy was very much on the mind of Richard Nixon (1913-1994), who resigned in disgrace in 1974 because of Watergate.
And, as all rational people are well aware, Donald Trump’s high crimes were much more serious than Nixon’s, only "Moscow Mitch” McConnell easily saw to it that Trump was acquitted in the Senate.
George Herbert Walker Bush (Bush One) (1924-2018), unlike Donald Trump, was fully qualified to be President of the United States. He was a Congressman, Ambassador to the UN, CIA Director, and Vice President under President Ronald Reagan.
His father was Connecticut Senator Prescott Bush (1895-1972), also a Republican.
The first President Bush moved from New England to Texas, where he made it big in the oil business.
One of Bush One’s most egregious (and deliberate) decisions was to nominate Clarence Thomas to succeed the late, great Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) on the U S Supreme Court. Thomas is part of the hyper-conservative majority of SCOTUS. Associate solitary reporters Jay Anderson, Bob Grisham, and Gloria Peterson, all African Americans, consider Justice Thomas to be a traitor to his race.
For more information on Bush One, associate solitary reporters Bob Norton and Penny Malinowski, both long-term residents of Texas, recommend reading https://classic.esquire.com/article/1991/6/1/how-he-got-here.
Anyway, by 2000, Texas was solidly Republican.
Texas is a major big state geographically and by population.
If Texas were a sovereign state, it would be the tenth largest economy in the world.
In the House of Representatives, there are now no fewer than thirty-six Members from the Lone Star State — twenty-three Republicans (including superclown Louie Gohmert, whom nobody with any sense takes seriously) and thirteen Democrats, after the 2018 midterms.
By contrast, Colorado has only seven Members of the House of Representatives, only that’s gonna change after the 2020 Census, as the result of which Colorado is likely to have eight Members of the House, because Colorado has mountains, and because Denver keeps building and building and building and, on the whole, people, including your solitary reporter and associate solitary reporters Lewis Thompson III, Larry Theis, Eddie Cook, and Sylvia Kenwood, all enjoy living in the Centennial State.
But because of Donald Trump, all 38 of Texas’ Electoral College votes could (God willing) flip to the Dems. Long shot, but it could be, if enough sensible Texans pick Joe Biden over Trump.
Texas, a solid red state, has a slogan: “The Friendly State,” but it’s not in the least friendly to Democrats. Ask senator Ted Cruz (TP-Texas), who lost to Trump in the 2016 GOP sweepstakes, but now panders to Trump’s base by slamming President Obama (see https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-trump-obamagate_n_5ecf3d18c5b649a4e52f6e62).
Years ago, Texas was described in a major magazine as “a geographical hemorrhoid suspended from the southern portion of the United States."
Could that be because, as of 2017, Texas emits the most greenhouse gases in the United States? If Texas were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s seventh-largest producer of greenhouse
gases — something that Trump thinks is wonderful.
The State Bird of Texas is the Northern Mockingbird — so named, perhaps, because, as presently constituted politically, the Lone Star State likes to mock northern states such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Our Liar-in-Chief falsely claims that voting by mail inevitably leads to fraud.
Republicans don’t like it when lower-income people and people of color vote. That’s why Trump keeps yelling about voting by mail being a bad thing.
Colorado has mandatory voting by mail; and that is very capably administered by Democrat Jena Griswold, 35, Colorado’s Secretary of State. Your solitary reporter held a fundraiser for Griswold when she ran for Secretary of State in 2018. She defeated incumbent Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican; Williams is now a City Councilman in Colorado Springs — one of the most Republican cities in Colorado and the home of the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson, Schriever Air Force Base, and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base.
Colorado Springs is in El Paso County, in Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District, and hyper-conservative Republican Congressman Lamborn has represented CD5 since 2007. Lamborn has been challenged in the Republican primaries in his District all but once, but, much to the amazement of associate solitary reporter Ronnie Armstrong, who lives in the Fifth Congressional District, Lamborn, a member of the Tea Party Caucus, is still in Congress.
Unlike Colorado, which has a superb system for selecting judges, Texas elects its judges; and every single Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas is a Republican.
Yesterday, Texas’ Republican Supreme Court blocked a push to expand vote-by-mail registration for people who lack immunity to the Coronavirus, saying that such a condition does not count as a “disability” for which a voter can apply for a mail-in ballot. This made Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — you guessed it, a Republican — who argued the case, very happy indeed (https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/27/politics/texas-supreme-court-blocks-vote-by-mail-expansion/index.html).
And Paxton’s victory is, no doubt, going to please Trump exceedingly.
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones, who spends ever so much more time with Trump than Trophy Wife Number Three, tells us that Trump is more than likely to tap Paxton to be one of his frequently changing staffers.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump is the most mendacious man ever to sit in the White House.
For Trump, FACTS are simply irrelevant.
Matter of fact (pun intended) if a FACT gets in his way, he slams it and calls it fake.
George Washington — the Founder of our country, and a brave man in battle — has never used social media, especially Twitter; that said, what would he say these days if he were to ride up to the White House on Blueskin, his favortite horse, and ask to visit Mr. Trump and discuss Twitterism?
To answer that question of intense historical interest, we turned to associate solitary reporter Lewis Thompson III.
Though he lives in Denver, Thompson is the Moderator of the
Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association, which has a membership of (more or less) one hundred ninety-nine thousand eight hundred fifty theologically brave souls.
Thompson holds a PhD in American History and Theology from a tiny school in eastern Massachusetts, called Harvard. John Harvard was one of the founders of Harvard College, and he had as his goal that the then-few inhabitants of Cambridge would have a well-educated clergy, so long as they preached theological doctrines of sin and eternal damnation.
Trump uses Twitter, all day and all night, to spread his malicious attacks on anyone who dares to disagree with him.
Twitter, founded in 2006 during the presidency of Bush Two by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams, has twenty-five offices all around the world, and one of them, according to associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones, is located in Trump’s Oval Office.
For months now, a big big debate has taken place as to whether social media giants like Twitter and Facebook have any responsibility at all to monitor the truthfulness of posts.
And now Trump has threatened to “take down” Twitter because it has warned users to check out the obvious falseness of Trump’s claim that voting by mail causes fraud (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/27/trump-social-media-election-283802).
Republicans have, for many years, been very interested in suppressing votes by voters of color. Have a look at the 2018 election in Georgia, when then Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a white man and a bigtime Trump supporter, and the chief elections official of the Peachtree State, had a great deal to do with suppressing the votes of his Democratic opponent, African American Stacey Abrams (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Georgia_gubernatorial_election).
Trump’s really scared these days, and his advisers have told him he’s gonna lose bigtime to Joe Biden (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/26/trump-campaign-lewandowski-bossie-283089).
Associate solitary repoter Sylvia Kingston and associate solitary reporter Keith Coleman are a Dynamic Duo of political consultants who support the work of DNC Chair Tom Perez, and for them, there is absolutely no doubt, factual or otherwise, that Biden will succeed where Trump has totally failed.
Our far-flung associate solitary reporters are constantly on the lookout for all things political, especially anything of a hypocritical nature.
Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are very similar people, but one of them never combs his hair, while the other one never goes anywhere without a flunky making sure that the thing on his head is, well, still on his head.
Our London-based associate solitary reporter, Danielle Packwood, was at 10 Downinig Street today as Boris Johnson’s chief aide, Dominic Cummings, spoke into a microphone, trying unsuccessfuly to justify his trip across England, which broke Johnson’s guideliness for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/05/25/dominic-cummings-defends-lockdown-trip-coronavirus-pandemic-bts-vpx.cnn).
Both Packwood and the BBC’s Katty Kay told us that most subjects of Her Majesty the Queen did not take kindly to Cummings’ trip and have demanded his resignation.
But Johnson’s standing by his man, and, in the face of the huge backlash which Cummings’ trip caused, Packwood just texted us to let us know that Conservative Party Co-Chairs Amanda Anne Milling and Ben Elliot are stridently opposed to Johnson staying in office because of his failure to fire Cummings.
Packwood also spoke with the most prominent Conservative Party members, including its Treasurer, Sir Ehud Sheleg; and leading Tories Alok Sharma, Sir William Nigel Paul Cash (a prominent Eurosceptic and the oldest duffer sitting in the House of Commons), Christopher Heaton-Harris, Johnson’s Minister of Transport; Daniel Kaczynski, a distant cousin of our most prominent Polish American associate solitary reporter, Aleksy Kaszuba; and all the other 361 Conservative MPs; and, to a person, they all said that Johnson does not hold their confidence any more.
Which is why Johnson has just been forced to resign, with fella MP Theresa Anne Villiers, the MP for Chipping Barnet, ready to succeed him as Prime Minister.
Associate Solitary Reporter Johanna Jones Has a Better Idea for Where the GOP Should Hold Its Convention in August