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Poll Results:  Will 2022 Bring End of Covid Pandemic?

Yes, Already Underway!   19.8% 19.8 % (16)
No, Variants Will Continue!    80.2% 80.2 % (65)


Total Votes: 81

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Posted on: 2022-01-13 09:37:01   By: Anonymous
 
As usual those in government will be the last to know. All of us will have resumed our lives

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    Re: Plugs to the rescue!
    Posted on: 2022-01-13 17:50:59   By: Anonymous
     
    The Brandon administration will keep their thumb on people's lives for as much control as possible. Total control is what these people want while at the same time criticizing President Trump!

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      Re: Plugs to the rescue!
      Posted on: 2022-01-14 13:31:29   By: Anonymous
       
      I believe your referring to defeated, former president Trump.

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      Re: Plugs to the rescue!
      Posted on: 2022-01-14 13:55:04   By: Anonymous
       
      Your boy "Brandon" has done more to advance our recovery in his time in office than anyone else.

      Just deal with the fact that Trump' s "Don't worry it will be over in April (2020)" was the best plan he had. It's refreshing to have adults in charge.

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        Re: Plugs to the rescue!
        Posted on: 2022-01-14 13:55:13   By: Anonymous
         
        +1

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        Re: Plugs to the rescue!
        Posted on: 2022-01-14 21:23:06   By: Anonymous
         
        Sorry, but we would be much better off and safer if your chosen adults just stayed in their basements. In a sane world Brandon would be confined to his basement and Commie Harris would stay on her back where she does her best work.

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          Re: Plugs to the rescue!
          Posted on: 2022-01-15 08:25:45   By: Anonymous
           
          I believe they are trying to keep people afraid and focused on the virus and not on all the other problems that are failing us

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          Re: Plugs to the rescue!
          Posted on: 2022-01-16 17:35:57   By: Anonymous
           
          There was a time when Donald Trump made news with his rallies—when he said things that utterly shocked us. Who could forget the firestorm he started, for example, when he went after Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who knelt during the national anthem in 2017, or earlier that year when he called Barack Obama “the founder of ISIS”?

          Trump’s performance in Arizona on Saturday night—his first rally in months and his much-hyped chance to respond to the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot—was neither shocking nor terribly newsworthy.

          It didn’t even merit a mention on The Washington Post’s homepage Sunday morning. The New York Times only used Trump’s speech as a peg to write a broader story under the headline: “Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022.”

          A few years ago, Trump rallies spawned breathless coverage and drove multiple news cycles. But The Times’ story isn’t even about the rally, and their mentioning it is mostly perfunctory.

          To keep readers’ attention, The Times spotlighted a cast of supporting characters, such as Kari Lake, a Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor who used to be a local news anchor. The photo of her in The Times shows her wearing some sort of cape, which I think we can all find mysterious. No wonder they used her.

          TV sitcom showrunners sometimes react to declining ratings by introducing a “Cousin Oliver”—which, quite often, is a cute kid whose smart-alecky sass is meant to liven up a tired atmosphere. Sometimes it works, sometimes it’s evidence a show has simply “jumped the shark.” But Trump’s never been an ensemble cast type of personality. He’s the whole show, and the surrounding players are as replaceable and ephemeral as Spinal Tap’s exploding drummers.

          The Arizona rally may have been the unofficial kickoff of his 2024 campaign. But this time around, Trump will have to work harder to break through—and not just because the media is less likely to give him ample air time free of charge.

          Call it the Andrew Dice Clay conundrum: If your entire schtick is based on shock value, eventually the audience grows inured, and the lack of substance becomes embarrassingly plain.

          Trump made assertions in Arizona Saturday night that might once have garnered buzz (on Sunday morning, at least). But they’re getting little play. In its writeup of the rally, Politico said Trump “issued a blistering response to Democrats” and that he “opened his speech by falsely claiming ‘proof’ that the 2020 election was ‘rigged.’” A more telling fact is that this “blistering response” was not deemed worthy enough to be the site’s lead story. What might have spawned outrage and wagging tongues a few years prior now elicits a collective chorus of yawns.

          Here’s the thing about moving the Overton Window: The process of shifting standards and assumptions matters greatly at the societal level. It’s bad when news consumers become desensitized to a former president erroneously claiming an election was stolen. It also cannibalizes one of Trump’s greatest assets: his ability to shock and awe. His schtick is tired, and that can often equate to a professional death sentence.

          Trump’s rock-concert rallies provide enough of his greatest hits for the fans and groupies who actually attend them. But for performers to remain relevant, they require new material. And politics is more stand-up comedy than rock and roll.

          The Rolling Stones can play their more-current hits a million times, yet we will still keep clamoring for “Sympathy For The Devil.” But can you imagine Chris Rock getting an HBO special and doing 2016 material? The same goes for Trump. Nobody wants to hear a political retread who rehashes his same tired conspiracy theories ad nauseam.

          Trump seems like the sort of man who could appreciate the temporal, consumerist, and disposable culture of modernity. We fetishize what is new and what is next. Yet, Trump’s obsession with relitigating an election that is now two calendar years past runs contrary to this modern American tendency. In this regard, his ego trumps his marketing savvy.

          To be sure, Trump also benefits from the (bogus) sense he was wronged. But it’s hard to see how such a backward-looking 75-year-old man can remain in the vanguard. On Saturday night, Trump wasn’t just stuck in 2020—he was also stuck in the 20th century. There were numerous references to communism (more so than usual), including a reference to the Jan. 6 Commission’s witness interviews, which he compared to Stalinist show trials.

          You might forgive Trump for such fanciful attacks on Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats, since his criticism of Joe Biden isn’t terribly effective. Trump isn’t skilled at prosecuting a substantive policy critique, and, despite Biden’s low approval ratings, it’s really hard to get too worked up about him (the best Trump could do was mock him for seeming dazed and confused). All this is to say, the new material didn’t kill on Saturday night.

          The theme was “Make America Great Again…Again.” Even Trump’s apparel hinted at the likely sequel. He donned a red “Make America Great Again” hat that partially obscured his eyes most of the night, but it wasn’t the iconic version from the 2016 election. He was attempting to have it both ways by playing his “greatest hits” and floating some new material. But does lightning ever really strike twice? For every “Godfather II” masterpiece there’s dozens of “Ghostbusters II” failed sequels.

          We’d be fools to count Trump out entirely. If anyone in American lore is capable of a third act—it’s him. But he needs new material, and fast, because if his Arizona rally shows anything, it’s that the old routine just doesn’t land anymore.



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            Re: Plugs to the rescue!
            Posted on: 2022-01-16 18:35:06   By: Anonymous
             
            The phrase we use in media is "jumped the dragon," which Trump has. Nothing new to see here. He's history and, hopefully, his followers reduced so that we may get on with the business of a democracy.

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            Re: WTG President Trump!!!
            Posted on: 2022-01-16 22:18:48   By: Anonymous
             
            Looks like President Trump is still living rent free in the mind of this lengthy poster. You forget that our current president, Basement Biden, doesn't attract 50 people to anything he does. Compare the presidential rallies, wait, don't compare because Biden only had a couple of in your car rallies when he left his basement. Like him or not, President Trump has created more excitement for our country than Clinton, Obama and Plugs put together!!!

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              Re: WTG President Trump!!!
              Posted on: 2022-01-17 08:04:23   By: Anonymous
               
              Fuk Trump and you.

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              Re: WTG President Trump!!!
              Posted on: 2022-01-20 21:59:59   By: Anonymous
               
              of course, Biden isn't a traitor to the country like Trump turned out to be...

              Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme.

              The sources said members of former President Donald Trump's campaign team were far more involved than previously known in the plan, a core tenet of the broader plot to overturn President Joe Biden's victory when Congress counted the electoral votes on January 6.
              Giuliani and his allies coordinated the nuts-and-bolts of the process on a state-by-state level, the sources told CNN. One source said there were multiple planning calls between Trump campaign officials and GOP state operatives, and that Giuliani participated in at least one call. The source also said the Trump campaign lined up supporters to fill elector slots, secured meeting rooms in statehouses for the fake electors to meet on December 14, 2020, and circulated drafts of fake certificates that were ultimately sent to the National Archives.
              Trump and some of his top advisers publicly encouraged the "alternate electors" scheme in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico. But behind the scenes, Giuliani and Trump campaign officials actively choreographed the process, the sources said.
              One fake elector from Michigan boasted at a recent event hosted by a local Republican organization that the Trump campaign directed the entire operation.
              "We fought to seat the electors. The Trump campaign asked us to do that," Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, said at a public event last week that was organized by the conservative group Stand Up Michigan, according to a recording obtained by CNN.

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          Re: Plugs to the rescue!
          Posted on: 2022-01-16 18:33:17   By: Anonymous
           
          Such a small world you live in. And not part of the greater one.

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            Re: Plugs to the rescue!
            Posted on: 2022-01-16 21:57:17   By: Anonymous
             
            How about just a big Fuk Trump!!!

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          Re: Plugs to the rescue!
          Posted on: 2022-01-20 10:15:20   By: Anonymous
           
          Ah, the GOP Trumpsters. If you've nothing to debate, then bully, name call and vilify.

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      Re: Plugs to the rescue!
      Posted on: 2022-01-20 10:18:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Yeah, that's why the GOP is working so hard at redrawing voting district lines in swing states having people of color.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2022-01-16 18:32:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Doesn't appear you understand epidemiology or much about viruses in general. They will evolve and continue to seek out new opportunities for infection. If you've had a basic past HS science class, you understand that a virus continually seeks a host until none or will suitably evolve until none is available. Where so many remain unvaccinated is a very comfortable place for the virus to live AND evolve. COVID will be with us for years.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2022-01-20 10:14:06   By: Anonymous
     
    Not if you're dead.

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It will continue - thanks to the republicans
Posted on: 2022-01-18 13:14:18   By: Anonymous
 
If the republicans would stop fighting this and get vaccinated it might bring an end to it - because they will not get vaccinated we are going to have this around for years.

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    Re: It will continue - thanks to the republicans
    Posted on: 2022-01-18 17:37:32   By: Anonymous
     
    You idiots who watch CNN don’t understand that the vaccine doesn’t prevent contracting COVID-19. We now have therapeutics that the current administration he’s ignoring. Unlike warp speed where they manufactured the vaccine on a risk basis so we could launch the vaccine once approved has not been mimicked by the current administration. Which has put us in a situation where we are now choosing by race who gets the therapeutics. Which is racist!This administration has done more to segregate this country and drive hatred any administration in history.

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