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Day 64

Dandy Forest is all a-twitter about reopening NC, even as data point to the possibility of a second C19 spike. A good Washington Post article on this today. The lag between the reopening frenzy and people dying will be a couple of months. “We’re looking at potentially a month or two later that we’re going to see the impact” of the reopening, said Leana Wen, the former Baltimore health commissioner. “You have not seen the impact of reopening yet. I think there’s going to be a very significant lag.”

Day 61

Every time I think Dandy Forest has reached the lowest of lows, he surprises me by wading deeper into the Trump sewer of lies and narcissistic bullshit. Today Dandy's blaming North Carolina's unemployment clusterfuck on Governor Cooper instead of where the fault really belongs: At the feet of Phil Berger and Timmy Moore. The lie is bald-faced and the hypocrisy behind the lie is exactly what we've come to expect from our hapless lieutenant governor. If you like the destruction of America at the hands of Donald F. Trump, you're going to love the chaos and incompetence of Dandy Dan Forest.

Day 57

I've been doing a boatload of manual labor this week. Fixing a fence, digging a foundation, cleaning the shop. It's given me a lot of time to think, especially about language.

Open thread

Social media is a wild frontier for campaigns, but there are some basic truths: Don't post annoying things, don't whine, and don't lie. Except if you're Trump, in which case annoying, whiny lies are all there is. Looks like Dandy Forest is following the Orangeman's lead. Pretty dumb.

Day 56

This article was published today by WRAL. It's the best piece I've seen for explaining the ins and outs of COVID19 transmission. I recommend reading all of it, and I apologize for not including several of the graphics in the original article, which you can see here.

Day 51

What do you think about the idea of planting two or three million #bluewaveflags in yards, flower pots and window boxes all across America? In bulk they'll cost around five cents each.

Day 49

Dandy Dan Forest

Dan Forest is getting desperate as he sees his gubernatorial ambitions withering. Polling tells the story. Roy Cooper is handling himself admirably, taking a cautious-but-flexible approach to the Trump Pandemic. Dandy's "one-size-fits-all" criticism has fallen dead flat because it's simply not true. The upshot? Cooper leads Dandy 52% to 32%.
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Thom Tillis trails Cal Cunningham by 43% to 34%.
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Day 47

This past weekend was supposed to be the wedding day for my daughter and her fiance. They're a very sweet couple who met each other two years ago playing Pokemon Go in downtown Chapel Hill, currently living in Atlanta. The wedding has been postponed to a date uncertain. No one knows when or if a good-sized wedding (around a hundred people) might be possible. Everything around the event is up in the air.

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