It is never too late to learn.
How to read sheet music.
Antarctic ice shelves are falling into the sea.
Trump’s reaction to the pandemic… forecasted in 2016.
Psychology of drumpf followers from 2018.
Cat *helps* playing Van Halen tune.
And now we have, not R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size), but C.O.U.M. (Cats Of Unusual Markings):
And finally, some non-pharmaceutical antidepressants.
Back in 2016, I and others staffed the county Democratic party office. Besides distributing signs for various local and state candidates, we got 50 Hillary signs and gave out the last one the day before the election.
Things are different in 2020.
We across the Wisconsin (highly gerrymandered and deeply red) 7th Congressional District started getting requests for Biden signs… in July. We ordered 2,000 of the “Wisconsin Biden for President” (center, above) signs in early August, and they were gone as soon as the various counties got them.
Our county party cannot keep up with the demand for Biden-Harris signs. We get 50 or 100 at a time, and they are already spoken for by the time we get them. We anticipate getting out 500 or more signs in our county before the election. (The most common comment we get when a person orders a sign is that they are sick and tired of seeing the drumpf-spence signs everywhere and want to fight back.)
This is all happening in the 7th CD and my deeply red county.
Last night was the Princess Bride reunion fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, which nearly 100,000 people tuned into. According to the state party chair, it was the biggest fundraiser the state party had ever seen. The recommended donation was $27, although no donation was required. If only half the people donated $27, that’s $1,350,000, enough for some good stuff.
The cast of Parks & Rec is hosting a town hall fundraiser on Thursday for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin; donations encouraged but not required. Those Hollywood folks are helping us out.
All this is to say that we are (very) cautiously optimistic about our state going for Biden. And, as the party chair said last night, as goes Wisconsin, so goes the election. The most recent polls, from late August to early September, show Biden leading in the state by 6.3% to 8%. What is particularly remarkable about that is the two polls that show him ahead the most are the ones done by Fox News and by Rasmussen; the latter has always been more favorable to Trump than the rest of the polls in the past.
I am cautiously rather than generally optimistic because we all remember what happened in 2016. Hillary was ahead in the polls and won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes but lost in the electoral college. We cannot let that happen again.
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If you are so inclined, you can send postcards to voters encouraging them to vote for progressive candidates. Sign up here to become an approved writer. Sadly, none of our Wisconsin campaigns appear to have signed on this election season, but Amy McGrath’s campaign to unseat that despicable senator from Kentucky is getting a lot of play. Getting rid of McConnell is almost as important as dumping drumpf.
Back in January 2018 the Democratic candidate in a special election for our state senate seat roused postcard writers. Our candidate won in a landslide, the second election to foretell the blue wave in November of that year. I was phone banking for her and enlisting other volunteers and got three postcards myself, one from California, one from Minnesota, and one from Wisconsin. They still live on my bulletin board as a reminder of the power of grassroots efforts.
Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.
The afghan slog continues. One of these weeks I will be able tp post a photo of a finished afghan. This is not that week.
Burn the Place by Iliana Regan. I didn’t get very far in this memoir by a chef. Her writing style was choppy and put me off. YMMV. 2✭
The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase. Sort of mystery, sort of suspense, a good story about families. 3✭
Long Bright River by Liz Moore. This book was so good! The opioid crisis in Philadelphia and in particular in the Kensington area where the novel is set are clearly important to the characters and thus to the reader. It is a police procedural and so much more. Protagonist is a 30-something woman police officer in Philadelphia whose younger sister is an addict on the street. They were raised by their grandmother after their mother ODed and their father disappeared. Granny is a hard, cynical woman. Clearly, the culture of this novel is a l-o-n-g way from anything I ever experienced or knew. The extended family is all blue collar with a not-insignificant number of other druggies and dealers among them. Acceptance of one’s lot is the norm. Their attitude towards anyone who tries to improve themselves by going to college or aspiring to anything better than the gritty lives in Kensington is that the person “thinks they are better than us.” Protagonist was accepted by two colleges, but granny refused to fill out the financial aid forms, saying that she would not help her granddaughter incur a load of debt that wouldn’t benefit her. The writing is rich and evocative, the scenes so real. 5✭ (That is a rating I almost never give.)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlepig by Tad Williams. This novella had been bouncing around in my Kindle app for at least a year, but the title put me off. It shouldn’t have because this was a delightful little fantasy read. 3★
Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. Although mosmanyt readers adore this author’s works, I have not been able to get into them. I tried unsuccessfully to listen to My Brilliant Friend; I hoped this book would be better. It may very well be for others, but I quickly ran out of patience with the main character’s histrionics when her husband abandons her and their children. The Italian temperament depicted turned me off. Once again, YMMV. 2★
Between the World and Me by Ta-Hehisi Coates. Yeah, I am at least three months behind the rest of the world in reading this book. I am listening to the audio version and trying to absorb as much as possible. My thought while listening was how a life-long state of stress and high levels of cortisol may go partway to explaining the shorter life spans and generally lower levels of health of BIPOC. What we Whites have done and do to BIPOC is heart-breaking and shame-making. 4★
The cast of The Princess Bride is reuniting to support the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. First, Smokey sent me the link; then a knitting&blog friend in Minneapolis sent it to me. I forwarded the link to Elder Son. He said he donated some money an submitted a comment to the Q&A:
Not a question, but thanks not only for making this perfect movie, but also for then having the artistic integrity to just leave it the heck alone, with no sequel, no prequel, no made-for-TV remake, no gritty reboot, no CGI cartoon adaptation, and no Princess Bride Meets the Pirates of the Caribbean Broadway Extravaganza on Ice. Anybody who was part of a movie this beloved has to run into plenty of people with bad ideas to make a quick buck off of it, so thanks to all of you for just saying no.
You can chip in here if you want.
I dreamed last night that Kay Gardiner, the Mason half of the due formerly known as Mason-Dixon Knitting, was elected president. She and knitters everywhere were giddy with excitement.