Late Night Today

This is a round up of the previous night’s late night talk show host’s opening monologues and highlight segments, because we need a good laugh to get through the rest of the evening.

The Late Night with Seth Meyers has a well deserved week off. We still have new segments of Stephen Colbert and the gang to keep us laughing.

President Risks Handing Democrats The Senate By Discouraging Republicans From Voting In GA Runoff

The president seems willing to take the entire GOP down with his ship as he continues his losing effort to uncover fraud and casts doubt among Republican voters about the integrity of Georgia’s election system ahead of the crucial double Senate runoff.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah reviews this years White House Christmas decoration which compared to the past three years seem almost normal.

Melania’s Christmas Redemption & The CDC’s Vaccine Plan

Melania Trump decorates the White House for Christmas, 40 sea turtles escape the cold, a silver monolith appears and disappears in Utah, France reassesses a bill that blocks the public from filming police, and the CDC discusses who gets a COVID vaccine first.

Jimmy Kimmel Live looks at the waning day of the Squater-in-Chief’s reign of terror.

Even Bill Barr Can’t Support Trump’s Election Ruse

Day 28 of #Squattergate is upon us, Trump has been making money off of post-election donations, Attorney General Bill Barr claims that there was no widespread voter fraud, the Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey and Donald Trump are at odds over election results, President-Elect Joe Biden shows off his new orthopedic boot, Rudy Giuliani is reportedly looking for a presidential pardon, and Jimmy and Guillermo dress up as elves to find out if kids have been naughty or nice.

In the holiday decorated studio, The Late, Late Show with James Corden has a humorous look at the days headlines.

Trump Is Loving the Support from @Catturd2

James Corden is excited to show off Studio 56 decorated for Christmas, and jumps into the headlines including Attorney General William Barr announcing the Department of Justice has not found any evidence of election fraud. And James wonders what President Donald Trump, who was recently busy retweeting someone with the username @catturd2, will do with the $170M he has raised since the election.

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Heather igby Parton: Suddenly Republicans want norms, ethics and “civility”: Are they actually psychopaths?

Trump is still trying to steal the election — but Republicans are acting as if they never enabled this criminal

Throughout this post-election period, the reaction from congressional Republicans has been entirely predictable. Mostly they’ve remained mum about the demented behavior of their president during the last month as he has continued his precipitous dive into a rabbit hole filled with conspiracy theories so delusional that it calls for medical intervention. A few have stepped up to say publicly that Trump has a “right” to pursue legal remedies in court, while privately assuring reporters that the president just needs to act out a little bit before he finally can emotionally accept what’s happened to him. [..]

This isn’t the first time a demagogue and conspiracy-monger has captured the Republican Party. CNN’s Ron Brownstein has pointed out the unpleasant parallels between the way the GOP establishment kowtowed to Joseph McCarthy during the Red Scare of the ’40s and ’50s and their servile acquiescence to Trump’s malignant narcissism. In fact, this seems to be a permanent strain in American conservatism

Amanda Marcotte: Mitch McConnell’s dark pivot: Wreck the economy — and sabotage Biden’s presidency

Trump is still pretending he’ll be president next year, but McConnell has moved on to his plot to ruin Biden

Donald Trump is still pretending he’ll be able to successfully steal himself a second term as president, probably because it’s such a lucrative lie. Mitch McConnell, however, appears to be moving on to his next mission: kneecapping Joe Biden.

The Senate majority leader is doing what everyone who actually learns from history predicted he would, and deliberately sabotaging the American economy, in a belief that voters will blame the incoming Democratic president for the disaster and not the Republican senators who are actually responsible.

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of congressional leaders proposed a compromise coronavirus relief bill, worth about $900 billion. The bill is meant to rescue the economy from what is likely to be a disastrous winter, as lockdowns tighten and people stay home in the face of rising cases of COVID-19. It falls far short of the $3 trillion relief package that the Democratic-controlled House passed in May — a bill that was ignored by the Senate — but is substantially better than anything McConnell has proposed. It’s also better than nothing, which is what McConnell’s actions so far have amounted to.

Unsurprisingly, however, McConnell’s reaction to this carefully drafted and dramatically announced bill was to blow a big, fat raspberry, refusing to even look at it. [..]

McConnell is as shameless a liar as Trump, even if he’s less theatrical about it. He is clearly in no hurry to pass a stimulus bill and, frankly, is behaving like a man who hopes no bill gets passed at all. That’s because McConnell does not care one whit about how many people die, lose their jobs, lose their homes or otherwise fall into ruin. All he cares about is power — and he likely believes, with good reason, that tanking the economy is the best bet for getting more power.

Richard Wolffe: Trump’s legacy is the plague of extreme lies. Truth-based media is the vaccine

The toxic politics of conspiracies and lies did not start four years ago and will live on beyond Trump. But we can protect ourselves and reward the truth

Normal presidents start to think about their legacy long before the final weeks of their time inside the West Wing. But if there’s anything we have learned from the lab rat experiment of the last four years, it’s that Donald Trump is entirely abnormal.

Whether he knows it or not – and all the evidence suggests he knows nothing worth knowing – Trump’s legacy is the toxic politics of lies: a permanent campaign of fabrications and falsehoods. [..]

The good news is that we already have a vaccine. It’s the best way to protect yourself from demagogues, deception and delusions. It separates fact from fiction. It recalls recent history to place the present in some kind of meaningful context.

It’s called the news media, and you can help. You can be an informed citizen by reading established news media first, not your social feed or email. You can share stories from the truth-tellers who have no problem calling out the liars.

Tom Udall and Charles Grassley: End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and Gas

Congress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.

One hundred years ago, Congress passed the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, setting up a system in which companies lease public lands to wrest valuable oil and gas from the ground. In the century since, the royalties and rent that those corporations pay to the American people for access have remained essentially unchanged even as the scale of development and profits has grown hugely.

As senators from different parties, we have our share of policy differences. But we both believe in sticking up for the public interest and the taxpayer. In this case, we agree that oil and gas companies should pay fair market value for the public resources they extract and sell. They aren’t doing that now — not even close — and the American public is the big loser.

That’s why we introduced the Fair Returns for Public Lands Act this year to reform the antiquated law that governs royalties and the leasing of public land.

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The Trumpublicans think they can just say anything without consequence until some Trumpidiot acts on it.

Olbermann vs. Trump #33: Trump Lawyer Wants Chris Krebs Executed. The Death Threat As A Trump Tactic

First it was Steve Bannon, live on a feed insisting Dr. Anthony Fauci’s head should be cut off and placed on a pike outside the White House for disagreeing with Trump. Now, it’s Trump attorney (and veteran ambulance chaser and cable news gasbag) Joe diGenova, on NewsMax suggesting executing and drawing-and-quartering the former Homeland Security Voting chief Chris Krebs – for contradicting Trump.

The death threat usually isn’t so foolishly on the record (Bannon and diGenova can both be charged with crimes) and it isn’t exclusively a right wing tactic. But just as it was under George W. Bush, it is a prominent feature of the cult that the combination of a right-wing president and criticism of him can create.

I know. My life has now been threatened by admirers of the last two Republican presidents. I’ll take you inside the reality of the death threat – the reality that Fauci and now Krebs and so many of us in the media face on an all-too-regular basis.

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The Breakfast Club (Mind Over Matter)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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Sen. Joseph McCarthy is censured; Scientists demonstrate the world’s first artificially-created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction; Enron files for Chapter 11 protection; Colombian drug lord is shot and killed.

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Late Night Today

This is a round up of the previous night’s late night talk show host’s opening monologues and highlight segments, because we need a good laugh to get through the rest of the evening.

The Thanksgiving holiday break is over and most of the usual late night suspects are back. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Stephen continues his conversation with former President Barack Obama.

Stephen Kicks Off A Late Show’s Obama-Rama Extravagama With A Special Obamalogue

Stephen Colbert’s sit-down interview with President Barack Obama was so epic, so action-packed, that it couldn’t fit into just one episode. Join Stephen as he introduces part two of his chat with the author of the best-selling book “A Promised Land” and stick around for this entire episode as President Obama touches on the challenges facing President-elect Biden, reflects on military actions taken during his tenure in office, and shares his secrets for staying grounded in trying times.

Trevor Noah reviews the not-so important headlines of the holiday weekend on The Daily Show.

Biden Breaks His Foot & SantaCon Gets Canceled

Mike Tyson fights Roy Jones Jr., Jake Paul knocks out Nate Robinson, America’s new president is already broken, and the coronavirus cancels SantaCon.

Jimmy Kimmel Live also looked at the weekend’s events on day 21 f #Squatergate.

Trump Throws Tantrum from Tiny Desk

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was a little different this year, the five-year-old daughter of one of our producers ordered something crazy on Amazon by herself using their Alexa, Mike Tyson & Roy Jones Jr. returned to the ring for a big fight, the Denver Broncos played without a quarterback on Sunday, President Elect Joe Biden injured his foot while playing with his dog, and Donald Trump spent his Thanksgiving yelling and screaming from behind a little baby desk, gave his first post-election interview, and Melania is putting her be best foot forward to celebrate Christmas at the White House.

The Late, Late Show with James Corden revisits his favorite monologues of the November 23rd week.

Thanksgiving Week 2020 – Corden Catch-Up

Some of our favorite monologue moments from the week of November 23rd, including what arguments to expect at Thanksgiving (masks), a bald-people-only dating app, and President Trump agrees with Randy Quaid on too many things.

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

Paul Krugman: How Will Biden Deal With Republican Sabotage?

He needs to make the G.O.P. pay a price for obstruction.

When Joe Biden is inaugurated, he will immediately be confronted with an unprecedented challenge — and I don’t mean the pandemic, although Covid-19 will almost surely be killing thousands of Americans every day. I mean, instead, that he’ll be the first modern U.S. president trying to govern in the face of an opposition that refuses to accept his legitimacy. And no, Democrats never said Donald Trump was illegitimate, just that he was incompetent and dangerous.

It goes without saying that Donald Trump, whose conspiracy theories are getting wilder and wilder, will never concede, and that millions of his followers will always believe — or at least say they believe — that the election was stolen.

Most Republicans in Congress certainly know this is a lie, although even on Capitol Hill there are a lot more crazy than we’d like to imagine. But it doesn’t matter; they still won’t accept that Biden has any legitimacy, even though he won the popular vote by a large margin.

And this won’t simply be because they fear a backlash from the base if they admit that Trump lost fair and square. At a fundamental level — and completely separate from the Trump factor — today’s G.O.P. doesn’t believe that Democrats ever have the right to govern, no matter how many votes they receive.

After all, in recent years we’ve seen what happens when a state with a Republican legislature elects a Democratic governor: Legislators quickly try to strip away the governor’s powers. So does anyone doubt that Republicans will do all they can to hobble and sabotage Biden’s presidency?

The only real questions are how much harm the G.O.P. can do, and how Biden will respond.

Michelle Goldberg: On Pandemic Schooling, de Blasio Is Actually Leading

The mayor so many love to hate is doing more than most to get kids back in class.

Sometimes it seems like the single point of consensus in America’s fractured politics is contempt for New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio.

Even before Covid, animus against him was a widely recognized phenomenon. (“Why Bill de Blasio is so hated, explained,” said a Vox headline from last year.) During the protests set off by the killing of George Floyd, the left — including many of the mayor’s current and former staff members — excoriated him for refusing to stand up to the New York Police Department. In a failed bid to save his House seat in a pro-Trump district, the Democrat Max Rose ran an ad in which he simply faced the camera and said, “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City.”

But if de Blasio has often been a bad mayor, when it comes to educating kids during the pandemic, he’s been one of the best big city leaders in the country. That’s both to his credit and to others’ disgrace.

Eugene Robinson: Trump is an ego monster. Republicans, don’t let him consume you.

Maybe Trump is having a genuine existential crisis. That’s his problem.

The weeks until Inauguration Day will be dangerous for our democracy, and there’s nothing we can do about that fact. It would be reasonable to expect even the most disgruntled loser to accept reality after the electoral college makes it official, but why should anyone expect Trump to suddenly listen to reason? He will of course vacate the White House; he could never abide the indignity of being forcibly escorted from the grounds. But if he truly sees the world as divided between “killers” and “losers,” he will likely continue to loudly maintain that he “won” an election he clearly lost.

The GOP officials who enabled and abetted Trump will ultimately have to ask what they’re willing to put up with if they can’t bring themselves to marginalize him. Do they want him controlling the party for another four years? Do they want him keeping potential 2024 presidential contenders from gaining any traction? Most urgently, do they want him discouraging Georgia Republicans from voting in the Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate?

That’s the problem with indulging an ego monster. You might get eaten.

Amanda Marcotte: Trump and his allies won’t drop claims of stolen election — because they’re cashing in

Trump will leave office on Jan. 20 — but in the meantime, right-wing grifters make bank by pretending otherwise

On Sunday morning, Donald Trump let loose with what may be his most unhinged performance yet — which is really saying something — of his extended effort to pretend the election was stolen from him by President-elect Joe Biden. In a 45-minute interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, which was more like an uninterrupted dramatic monologue, Trump unloaded an absolute truckload of lies. He lied about ballots and voting machines, claiming that millions of fake votes were recorded. He suggested the FBI was “involved” in the imaginary conspiracy against him. He even said he “came up” with the coronavirus vaccines, a claim that is utterly ludicrous but will be swallowed without complaint by all the people who still mock Al Gore for claiming to have “invented” the internet — which Gore never actually said.

What’s especially weird about this whole situation is that Trump is doubling down on these false claims in the face of an epic failure to get his attempted coup off the ground. The recount that Trump demanded in Wisconsin — although his campaign only paid for a recount in two overwhelmingly Democratic counties — not only affirmed Biden’s win in that state, but increased the president-elect’s total by 87 votes. Meanwhile, Trump’s losing streak in the courts only got worse over the weekend, with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissing one Trump lawsuit with prejudice (meaning he can’t sue again regarding this matter) and another suit failing in the Third Circuit federal appeals court. [..]

There are multiple reasons for this. Trump’s black hole of an ego makes it impossible for him to admit he lost the election, first of all. Most right-wing pundits are increasingly consumed by an authoritarian ideology that’s opposed to democracy, and they view these lies as a good way to undermine public trust. Republican politicians are eager to delegitimize Biden’s presidency, and also to lay the groundwork for more voter suppression tactics. By falsely accusing Democrats of cheating, in other words, Republicans create cover for their real-life cheating.

Catherine Rampell: Trump lays the groundwork for a massive government purge on his way out the door

The president is trying to transform the professional civil service back into the spoils system of the 1800s.

Again and again, outgoing Trump officials have demonstrated their intention to salt the earth.

They’ve tried to jam through Senate confirmations of partisan cranks while planting regulatory time-bombs scheduled to detonate after President Trump leaves office. They’ve clawed back funding for emergency lending programs and then placed that money out of reach of the next treasury secretary. After years of swelling federal deficits, they’ve suddenly remembered their aversion to debt. And they’ve sown mistrust in the integrity of U.S. elections.

The latest sign of sabotage, though, has flown largely under the radar: Trump has been quietly dismantling the entire federal civil service — and possibly laying the groundwork for a massive, government-wide purge on his way out the door.

Trump signed a technical-sounding executive order in October that invented a new category of government employees, called “Schedule F.” Career civil servants whose jobs include “policymaking,” the order said, should be newly reclassified under Schedule F — a designation that would strip them of long-held civil service protections and allow them to be fired with little demonstrated cause or recourse.

Including, presumably, for showing insufficient loyalty to Trump.

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Peanut Needs Wi-Fi – Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last-Minute Pandemic Holiday Special

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The Breakfast Club (Thin Line)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama; Former communist official Sergei Kirov is assassinated in Leningrad; Beatlemania arrives in America; Actor and director Woody Allen is born.

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Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

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Robert Reich: Beware going ‘back to normal’ thoughts – normal gave us Trump

Fatigued by the coronavirus and Trump, the idea of going back to normal is seductive – we must guard against it

“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised on Thursday in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after Covid-19, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise about life after Trump. [..]

Given the road we were on, Trump and Covid were not aberrations. They were inevitabilities. The moment we are now in – with Trump virtually gone, Biden assembling his cabinet, and most of the nation starting to feel a bit of relief – is a temporary reprieve.

If the underlying trends don’t change, after Biden we could have Trumps as far as the eye can see. And health and environmental crises that make the coronavirus another step toward Armageddon.

Hence the paradox. America wants to return to a reassuring normal, but Biden can’t allow it. Complacency would be deadly. He has to both calm the waters and stir the pot.

It’s a mistake to see this challenge as placating the progressive wing of the Democratic party. It’s about dealing with problems that have worsened for decades and if left unattended much longer will be enormously destructive.

So the question is: in an exhausted and divided America that desperately wants a return to normal, where will Biden find the energy and political will for bold changes that are imperative?

Amanda Marcotte: Forget about “moving on” from Trump — the nation can’t heal without accountability

Forgiveness and unity? There can be no forgiveness without apology, and no unity without genuine accountability

Donald Trump’s coup was still ongoing when the takes preaching the value of forgiveness and letting bygones be bygones started to come out.

“We would remain bitterly divided,” law professor Randall Eliason wrote in a Washington Post op-ed arguing against prosecuting Trump for his many likely crimes. “[C]riminal prosecutions can’t bind up this country’s deep political and social wounds.” [..]

Unfortunately, Biden is living up to every stereotype of the quisling Democrat and taking this advice seriously. Reports suggest that in the interest of national “unity,” Biden is discouraging the idea of prosecuting Trump.

This is a serious mistake. Words like “unity” and “forgiveness” sound great in the abstract, but are utterly meaningless in the current political context for one reason: The sole responsibility for all this healing is being foisted, once again, on the backs of liberals. Conservatives can’t be bothered. They’re too busy working on their next moves to undermine democracy, sow division and create chaos.

This pattern — Republicans screw everything up and are allowed to get away with it in the name of “unity,” and take that as permission to go even further the next time — has been playing out since Richard Nixon first snagged his post-Watergate pardon.

Arwa Mahdawi: Systemic racism cost 14-year-old Honestie Hodges her life

Honestie, who was handcuffed at age 11, died from Covid. Her story isn’t an aberration – it’s part of a tragic trend

Handcuffed at gunpoint by the police when she was 11. Dead from Covid-19 complications when she was 14. Honestie Hodges, a young black girl from Michigan, tested positive for Covid-19 on her birthday and died on Sunday. She wasn’t so much the victim of a virus as she was the victim of systemic racism. Her death isn’t an aberration – it’s part of a tragic trend. [..]

Ethnic minorities aren’t dying from the coronavirus at greater rates than white people because the virus is racist, but because of institutional racism. Black and Hispanic people in the US are disproportionately exposed to air pollution and more likely to develop asthma. They’re more likely to live in food deserts, without easy access to fresh produce. Black people are systemically undertreated for pain because of racial biases in healthcare. Race affects everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat. This has always been the case but the pandemic has made it impossible to ignore. [..]

Honestie was robbed of her childhood and then robbed of her life. She was born in the richest country in the world and died with a GoFundMe for her medical expenses. Her death is more than a tragedy, it’s an indictment of America.

Simon Tisdall: Was scientist’s killing the opening shot of a Trump-led war on Iran?

The assassination of the country’s top nuclear expert raises fears that the outgoing US president is determined to take further action

The assassination on Friday of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist has heightened suspicions that Donald Trump, in cahoots with hardline Israeli and Saudi allies, may be trying to lure the Tehran regime into an all-out confrontation in the dying days of his presidency. Trump’s four-year-long Iranian vendetta is approaching a climax – and he still has the power and the means to inflict lasting damage.

Speculation that Trump might soon initiate or support some kind of attack on Iran, overt or covert, kinetic or cyber, had swirled across the Middle East in the wake of last weekend’s unprecedented meeting in Saudi Arabia between Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

What the three men discussed remains a closely guarded secret, a fact that has only served to encourage conspiracy claims. In the absence of an official statement, it’s suggested they may have agreed to intensify efforts to provoke and weaken the Tehran regime. Any ensuing retaliation by Iran might then potentially be used to justify an attack on its nuclear facilities before Trump leaves office on 20 January.

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“Peanut: The Night Before Christmas” | Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special

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The Breakfast Club (What We Give)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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Pink Floyd releases its best-selling album “The Wall”; Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Dick Clark born; World Trade Organization’s meeting met by 40-thousand protesters.

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Today’s News Rundown

This is brief rundown of the news so you don’t have to watch cable news. It’s just the facts with maybe a little snark.

This is day 22 of the Squatter- in-Chief’s refusal to admit he lost to President-Elect Joe Biden. There are 52 days left of his occupation of the White House. The Squatter did a phone interview, his first since losing the election, with Fox Business News Maria Bartiromo. As per usual it was filled with fact free accusations and lies with Ms. Bartiromo nodding in agreement at times contributing to his delusions.

The Wisconsin recount is done confirming what we already knew President-Elect Joe Biden won. Mr. Biden’s lead expanded by 87 votes. Each new vote in Biden’s lead cost the Trump campaign around $34,000.

The Pres.-Elect sprained his ankle playing with his dog, Major. Out an abundance of caution, he will see an orthopedist to make sure nothing is broken. This week Mr. Biden will name his economic team, with three women in top roles to help build recovery.

As the rate of CoVid-19 infections surpassed 13 million with a rate of about 4 million a month, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that it will get much worse before it gets better. He agreed that schools should be open but bars, restaurants and gyms should be closed. New York city will reopen it elementary schools on Monday much to the relief of harried parents with young children.

In the sports world, the Denver Broncos will play the New Orleans Saints without a quarterback. All four QB’s are infected with the virus and in quarantine.

The Saints and the New England Patriots were both fined for violating CoVid-19 rules.

At the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, driver Romain Grosjean walked away unscathed from the flaming wreck of his car after it crashed, at 137 mph, into trackside barriers, his car splitting in two. He did suffer some burns to his hands and is the hospital for observation. The fact that he was not killed or seriously injured is a testament to the safety rules of the sport. Oh, yes, Lewis Hamilton won, of course.

Boxer Mike Tyson comeback fight with Roy Jones Jr. ends in a draw. The 8 rounds were two minutes instead of three, they used 12 ounce gloves with no protection and the judging was done with a remote scoring system. The fight was sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.

As we bid farewell to the record breaking hurricane season, the east coast is bracing for snow, heavy rain in first major storm system of the fall.

Above-average temperatures will surge northward from the Gulf of Mexico in advance of the weather maker. The system’s unstable air will lead to the threat of damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain. Rainfall amounts will add up to 3 inches for many, with isolated higher totals, which could lead to flash flooding in areas.

The system will further strengthen on its trek up the eastern seaboard on Monday, spreading the threat for severe storms into the Mid-Atlantic and heavy rain into the Northeast.

“It will even produce snow for parts of the US as we start the new work week. We expect widespread 2 to 4 inches of snow for the Great Lakes, with 8 inches possible near Lake Eerie. Light snow and flurries are in the cards down the Appalachians and into parts of the Southeast, too. It won’t be confined to just the Great Lakes,” said (CNN Meteorologist Haley) Brink.

I got the text alert this AM to batten down the hatches for gusty winds and thunderstorms. Expect power outages and downed wires and trees. Do Not Touch Downed Wires

It’s still clear here in NYC tonight with sky lit by the full Beaver moon. There is a lunar eclipse, too that may or may not be visible at the time it occurs.

ake a break from online holiday shopping this weekend to enjoy the full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse.
Both events will be visible early Monday morning.
Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon, but a penumbral lunar eclipse is different from a total lunar eclipse.
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon moves into Earth’s penumbra, or outer shadow. This causes the moon to look darker than normal.

During a total lunar eclipse, the change is more dramatic because the entire moon appears to be a deep red color. [..]

This is the last penumbral eclipse of the year and will be visible to those in North and South America, Australia and parts of Asia. Check Time and Date to see when it will occur in your area.

The mysterious Utah Monolith has disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared.

A tall, silver, shining metal monolith discovered in the desert in southeastern Utah — which prompted theories of alien placement and drew determined hikers to its secret location — has now disappeared, the state’s Bureau of Land Management said Saturday.

The monolith was removed by an “unknown party” sometime Friday night, the agency said in a Facebook post.

“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith,’ has been removed” from BLM public lands, the post said.

“The BLM did not remove the structure, which is considered private property.”

Somebody has an expensive sense of humor.

David Prowse, the original actor who portrayed Darth Vader, dark lord of the Sith, in the original Star Wars trilogy, died after a short illness. He was 85. May the force be with him, always.

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