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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

Sen. Kamala Harris On Being 'Momala'


California Senator Kamala Harris announced in January that she would be running for president. But aside from being a United States Senator and a 2020 presidential candidate, she's also a stepmom to her husband Doug's children, Cole and Ella. In honor of Mother's Day, Sen. Harris writes about what it's like to be a stepmom—or, as her kids call her "Momala."

When I met Doug, the man who would become my husband, I also met a man who was a divorced father of two children, Cole and Ella, named after John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. As a child of divorce, I knew how hard it could be when your parents start to date other people. And I was determined not to insert myself in their lives until Doug and I had established we were in this for the long haul. Children need consistency; I didn’t want to insert myself into their lives as a temporary fixture because I didn’t want to disappoint them. There’s nothing worse than disappointing a child.

So, we took it slow, and Doug and I put a lot of thought into when and how I would first meet the kids. And that meant waiting. As we waited, anticipation grew. When the day finally came, I had butterflies in my stomach. The plan was to go to a seafood hut off the Pacific Coast Highway called the Reel Inn, a favorite of the kids.

On my way to meet Doug, I picked up a tin of cookies and tied a ribbon in a bow around them. I took a few deep breaths. I was excited, and I was nervous. I rehearsed what I would say. Would the kids think the cookies were really nice or really weird? Was the ribbon too much? (The ribbon was probably a little extra, but over the years Cole and Ella have spared me by not telling me that.)

Cole and Ella could not have been more welcoming. They are brilliant, talented, funny kids who have grown to be remarkable adults. I was already hooked on Doug, but I believe it was Cole and Ella who reeled me in.

Kamala Harris Cooks Bacon-Fried Apples

Sounds like a good pancake topping that many Americans can support.

And of course the famous masala dosa with Mindy Kaling

Everyone likes cookies

And a grilled tuna melt sandwich for anyone else who wants it

You can't even imagine anything like this from Trump or Pence

Team Biden wishes it had known something was slightly wrong with every woman

Team Biden wishes it had known something was slightly wrong with every woman before promising a female VP


What a mess! With the deadline to select a vice president approaching, the members of Team Biden wish someone had told them before this all started that every high-profile woman they would consider for the vice presidency would turn out on further inspection to be just slightly wrong — too ambitious, or too self-effacing, or too prepared, or polarizing in some other, completely unexpected way. She might want to be president herself when this was over, which historically would be an anomaly for vice presidents, and probably ought to be disqualifying. Did these vying, sparring, lobbying women who were putting their names out there through such never-before-attempted means as meetings, statements and fundraising appearances not realize that they were in contention for the vice presidency, a sacred office not designed for grasping or distracting personalities?

What Team Biden needs is a vice president who can be a good team player, a supportive No. 2, in the mold of previous vice presidents! Perhaps someone like the historically self-effacing Theodore Roosevelt. It was said of him that he wanted to be “the corpse at every funeral and the bride at every wedding” because he was so notably demure. When I think of “good team player who shares the limelight well,” no name springs to mind faster than Teddy Roosevelt — except, possibly, Vice President Thomas Jefferson, a simple, unproblematic farmer.

That is all that this team is trying to find: a Lady Vice President who can live up to the role created by John Adams centuries ago, and step into the shoes of that smooth, popular man who famously got along with everybody. We just need a woman who can say of herself, as Adams did, “I am obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular" — whoops, sorry, wrong quote! It is indeed something Adams said, but does not express the sentiment of what we’re looking for very well. The point is, we just need someone with that undefinable thingness that John Adams had but these ladies all lack.

Where is the Richard Nixon this nation deserves, someone popular and easygoing with no political baggage or ambitions of her own?

If only these women could take a page from the book of Aaron Burr! That is all we really need: a vice presidentess as refreshingly unambitious as Burr surely must have been before he literally murdered a guy and then, it looks like, tried to make himself emperor of Mexico? Where will we find a vice president like John C. Calhoun, about whom there is probably nothing bad to say, or Andrew Johnson, a man so superb that when he was president he helped start our fun, wholesome tradition of impeachment-but-not-removal!

Calm down, this is satire.

Capital One Arena To Be Used As D.C. Polling Place For November Election


In normal times, it’s a place you can watch basketball, hockey, monster trucks, Disney on Ice, Celine Dion, or Tool. But now the Capital One Arena will have a new purpose: polling place.

D.C. election officials have confirmed to DCist/WAMU that they’ll be using the facility for early and day-of voting for November’s election, joining Atlanta and Detroit as cities that are planning to repurpose basketball arenas as massive polling places where larger crowds can be accommodated while respecting social distancing rules.

The move follows an offer late last month from Monumental Sports and Entertainment—which owns the Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, and Washington Capitals—for the city to use the arena as a polling place. The organization made the offer as part of a broader plan by the teams and its athletes to promote voting ahead of the November elections.

The decision to use Capital One Arena as a voting location comes as election officials are finalizing the locations of the 20 early voting sites they plan to open for a two-week period ahead of the Nov. 3 election and the 80 polling places they’ll be opening on Election Day itself.

The Trump Campaign Just Bought $38k in Ads to Air on Fox News in DC and People Think They Know Why


With the November election only four months away, the strategic use of campaign funds has never been more important.

Though President Donald Trump's campaign boasts a massive war chest, some Republican voters have grown increasingly frustrated with both the campaign's and the Republican National Committee's extensive text messages and emails asking for donations.

This comes as Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign outraised Trump's for two months in a row, possibly signaling a growing enthusiasm for Biden's candidacy.

The Trump campaign recently disclosed that it bought 38 thousand dollars' worth of television ads on Fox News in the D.C. area.


D.C. has only three electoral college votes and is considered solid blue territory. It neighbors Maryland, which has voted blue in every election since 1992, and Virginia—a technical swing state where Biden leads by an average of 10 points.

The ad sales on Fox News seemed like a waste of money, until people began speculating that the campaign was willing to pay to keep Trump—an avid watcher of Fox—feeling secure.


They should waste tons more money here

In separate news, President Obama endorsed the DC statehood movement.

Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Aug 4, 2020, 01:20 PM (5 replies)

Minorities Break Down The Most Oddly Racist Thing They've Ever Experienced


Racism is terrible, there's no room for debate on that. But sometimes terrible things can also be terribly weird.

Today we're going to talk about instances of racism that left the victim confused more than hurt. Because, apparently, some people need to be told that Asian women are allowed to be named Lisa.

One Reddit user asked:

Minorities of reddit, what experience was so unbelievably racist, to the point where you weren't even mad, but just... Confused?

And fam, I cannot handle it. Some of these people legitimately seem like they mean well - which kind of makes things worse, honestly.

This is one of the more amazing things I've read in a while.

When I was probably in preschool or kindergarten a blonde white girl licked my face to see if I was made of chocolate. I kind of liked it. Her name was Karen. That sounds like a joke, but isn't. We're still facebook friends.
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:10 AM (2 replies)

Alex Jones urges fans to kill protesters 'in a defensive way'


During a rant on his show last Wednesday, Alex Jones said that unrest in American cities was proof of his predictions of the “new world order” taking hold in the Unites States, and the only way for citizens to defend themselves is to “kill as many of them” as possible.

Jones says that his outlet InfoWars confirmed that “maoists” in major cities have “explosives and weapons and trucks loaded with ammonium nitrate and just chlorine gas—everything.”

“I want to avoid confrontation. I don’t need to put that on my belt that—I mean, I don’t even want to kill these globalists,” Jones said. “But if they want to kill us, the best thing to do in a defensive way is kill as many of them as quickly as possible. Again, the media will misquote that. I don’t want to offensively kill anybody. But I’m not going to take this, okay?”

“If they take down your country, if they destroy your bank account, they murder a bunch of patriot leaders, what are you going to do?” Jones continued. “Because you always talked about when the New World Order came in and when the U.N. did this​, you were going to go out and shoot folks in blue helmets. They don’t wear blue helmets. They show up in black uniforms and burn down your local courthouse and overthrow your government, run your life, and once they get control of your police, those officers are programmed robots now, they’ll follow orders to come after you.”

“If you’re running a war, you kill high-value targets, and that means the leadership of the New World Order,” he said.

I can't wait to see which DUers will tell me Alex Jones has no political agenda so this isn't domestic terrorism.

Federal agents, officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands


WASHINGTON – The Justice Department plans to send nearly 100 federal agents and officers to Detroit, Cleveland, Ohio, and Milwaukee in an expansion of Operation Legend, a federal crime initiative that began earlier this month.

The department will send 42 agents to Detroit and more than 25 each to Cleveland and Milwaukee – cities that officials said have seen rising violent crime rates. The federal officers, drawn from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies, will help local and state officials in criminal investigations, the Justice Department has said.

The announcement comes as state and local officials, drawing from the unrest in Portland, Oregon, are increasingly skeptical and apprehensive of a surge of federal law enforcement resources to their cities. Several big-city mayors have decried the aggressive use of federal forces in Portland and have expressed reservations about the deployments of agents to their cities.

Attorney General William Barr has defended the expansion of Operation Legend, saying it's targeting cities struggling with violent crime, and the deployments are different from the surge of officers in Portland, where federal agents have clashed with protesters.

"The most basic responsibility of government is to protect the safety of our citizens," Barr said in a statement. "The Department of Justice’s assets will supplement local law enforcement efforts, as we work together to take the shooters and chronic violent criminals off of our streets."

Lots more stops on the swing state campaign tour. Ohio has a GOP governor so it would be interesting to see if DeWine resists.

MAGA = More American Graves Ahead

Washington ties record for most 90-degree days in July and is poised to break it Tuesday


The heat this month has kept coming and coming and now has tied a record for its persistence. On Monday, Washington notched its 25th day hitting at least 90 degrees, tying the record for the most such days in a month.

Tuesday, it seems destined to surpass it.

The 90-degree milestone is just one of a number of impressive heat records that have been tested or smashed in recent weeks.

The 90-degree days have mounted over the course of three heat waves this month (defined as at least three consecutive days hitting 90 or higher). This first heat wave, which began in late June, lasted 20 days, the second-longest on record. The second heat wave spanned July 17 to 23, while we began yet another Saturday.

The 25 days hitting at least 90 degrees this month matches the record mark from 2011. In addition to being the most 90-degree days in July, it also exceeds the record count in all Junes and Augusts. The number of 90-degree days during this month alone exceeds 35 percent of summers on record.

When we tack on the nine 90-degree days in June, there have been 34 such days this year, so far, about 12 more than normal.

There are graphs and tables at the link. Stay cool DUers.

D.C.-area forecast: Extreme heat today with higher humidity; late-day storms likely


Today’s daily digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

2/10: Still super hot with the humidity up again after a slight drop yesterday. Heat index could reach near 105.

Express forecast
Today: Extremely hot, humid, late-day storms likely. Highs: Mid- to upper 90s.
Tonight: Steamy with evening storms likely. Lows: Mid-70s to near 80.
Tomorrow: Very hot and humid, chance of late-day storms. Highs: Mid-90s.
Forecast in detail
The heat is here to stay. Today feels even a bit worse than yesterday with higher humidity. Late-day storm chances accompany the heat today and tomorrow with highs well into the 90s and the heat index near or past 100. We do get a slight break Friday and Saturday, with highs closer to 90, but then we’re hotter again Sunday.

Today (Wednesday): Heat similar to yesterday’s, but with higher humidity, thanks to light winds from the south. The heat is unforgiving, with partly to mostly sunny skies through much of the day. Morning temperatures rapidly rise through the 80s, to near or past 90 by lunchtime, with afternoon highs in the mid- to upper 90s. The high humidity (dew points in the low- to mid 70s) could make it feel like near 105 at times this afternoon. There’s also a good chance of strong to severe storms, arriving from west to east after 4 p.m. or so. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Strong to severe storms are pretty likely during the evening, lingering the latest in our southern and eastern suburbs before diminishing after 11 p.m. or so. Skies remain partly to mostly cloudy thereafter with steamy lows in the mid-70s to near 80. Confidence: Medium-High
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