86 thoughts on “Close call

  1. I feel somewhat relieved but I have the feeling this won’t be over for a while. Fingers still crossed …
    How can anybody call to stop counting votes? This has nothing to do with a democratic election and to be honest, this outdated election procedure is harder to understand than the Eurovision Song Context system. Everything about this is scarry and it won’t be over any time soon. Happy almost winning; fingers crossed!!!

      • Yes, you are absolutely right on both fronts 🙂

        The response in Hindi as well as your comments on the reassurance.

        We are waiting for a state level election result (Bihar) in India tomorrow, where the ruling right wing party is part of the coalition which is sure to face a debacle.

        America is not just a symbol, but indeed a reassurance for the whole world.

      • Dhanyavaad… (Brushing up my Hindi – or Urdu – is always heart warming.
        Bihar, eh? From I know (very little) it is a very interesting place. You are absolutely right: a reassurance. When all would-be dictators (check who did NOT call Biden) see the bad example in, say the US, we are doomed. The hope for democracy has been retored.
        Stay well. 🙏🏻
        Phir milenge.

  2. Thank you for this mini celebration! A change will do us good. So happy after a looong week. My favorite joke from late night was how is it that NV has all night gambling and buffets, but when it comes to counting votes they can’t miss their sleep. 😉

  3. He who laughs last… We’ll see a bit later on how this is good news. Or not.

    Incidentally I finished watching “Colony” and a couple days ago, completely randomly, I picked “Revolution (2012-2014)”. Funnily enough, in S01 E05 someone had to say the passphrase: “I’m looking for the biography of Joe Biden”. Hmmm… I’m curious how and why that particular phrase has been chosen for the script eight (or more) years ago…

    Anyway, it looks like the planet is going back to being a huge prison, promptly at Cabal’s orders. Very little difference from how things go in “Colony” – reason why I found it so interesting. Maybe we actually are a colony, after all… But where the frack is the Resistance…?

    • Both Harris’ and Biden’s speeches were excellent. Things are looking up again. I think they will be build a great team. Which is what America – and don’t forget the world – need. America is back.

      • The speeches were excellent, and just what we needed to hear … words like unity, working together, and his promise that he will be the president for all the people, whether they voted for him or not. Now, if the people will just give him a chance. We have dropped the ball and left our friends/allies holding the bag on so many things — we have some making up to do, especially in the area of climate change … and the pandemic.

      • No, I don’t either … he can make a mess, and break numerous things on his way out, just as a frustrated toddler might, but at the end of the day, I firmly believe that Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th. I just dread the 69 days between now and then!

      • One should not underestimate the crook-in-chief. But I still think too many institutions are -gradually – turning their back on him. What I have heard from Mitch McConell goes in the right direction. As all politicos he cares only about his own interests.

      • It’s interesting that only about 4 members of Congress have publicly congratulated Biden. Others have privately done so, but fear the wrath of Trump if they do so publicly. Isn’t that a shame? Sigh.

      • It’s what happens in a Dictatorship. Fear. Cowardice. Submission. Accessory before, during and after the fact. I’ve lived it.
        All the more reason to celebrate the day he is kicked out.

    • Ouiiiii. On avait bien besoin d’une bonne nouvelle. Ici ça va. Aussi bien que possible, mais comme ma fille et son mari ont eu le COVID. (Sans synptome). Du coup on a les petits-enfants à la maison 2 fois par semaine… 💕
      Et toi? Comment ça va? Le reconfinement. La fermeture des commerces (!). J’espère que l’entreprise de ton mari tourne toujours… Et que la santé se maintient. Donne-mois des nouvelles, ça me fera plaisir. Biz.

  4. Hello Brian. It was scary for sure. It was not as close as was feared once all votes were counted, but tRump pull the stunt he had planned for months. He got the early count, tried to stop the counting of votes against all laws and norms, and declared himself the winner. His maga thugs forgot or ignored the way our system has always worked to create conspiracies. Sadly tRump has no dignity and will not concede gracefully, instead will wage a useless war in the courts to overturn the will of the majority of the people. All this does is tear the country apart but gives tRump a platform to shout his aggrievement and suck donations from his cult followers. All that said I am so excite we turned away from fascism, broke the glass ceiling with Vice President elect Harris, and have a chance to take the country forward and not backward as the Republicans wanted. A chance, and I will take gladly. Hugs

    • It is a major chance. The other imbecile must be raving mad now., And he will try to keep on being a nuisance… 2 more months and he’s out by the seat of his pants.
      Hurray!

      • Feeling very worried about the states right now following the situation from afar. I really hope he faces consequences for his behaviour and words as well. Will personally not defend either one – would feel the same if he was of another political party as well. Very disappointed in someone spreading misinformation – especially with the power he has. It misleads so many and messes with the entire concept of a functioning democracy 😐

      • Dear Brian and Heidi,

        Hello to both of you! Thank you, Brian, for your latest report on American politics.

        Needless to say, 2020 had been a difficult year, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. One could say that we live in interesting times indeed, but often for the wrong reasons. What a day it was to unfold with sedition, insurrection and coup d’état on the 6th!

        2020, the Year of the Rat, has brought us not the plague (black death) but Covid-19. And 2020 also brought out the worst of divisive politics and demagogic incitement. Could it really get even worse in 2021?

        Whilst some of us may take some comfort in our living somewhere else, there is the danger that oppressive politics may spread elsewhere or be mirrored by other corrupt politicians outside their origins.

        Democracy is not a given. It can be quite fragile, can fail rather badly, and often is approximately as good and benevolent (or bad and malevolent) as the members who practise, control and/or legislate it. We all need to do our parts in contributing to the smooth and equitable functioning of a civil country and democratic society. I have done mine in highlighting many of the most fundamental causes through my writings, and I hope that you will find more answers and solutions to these thorny issues in my latest and recently expanded post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity” and published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/misquotation-pandemic-and-disinformation-polemic-mind-pollution-by-viral-falsity/

        I would be delighted if you could kindly submit your comment to my said article, as I am very keen and curious to know what you think or make of it regarding the increasingly pressing issues that many of us are facing, worsen all the more by mental pitfalls (or even mental health), social media, digital globalization, populism, Trumpism, illiberal democracy, and other behavioural and sociopolitical factors.

        By the way, I would like to wish both of you a very happy New Year. May you find 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging!

      • Thank you “sound eagle”. Glad to put your comment up. Though I’m not sure if it’s on my blog or Heidi’s. I’ve seen you around. Always very discrete. Nice to hear your voice. I will drop by.
        Best wishes to you too.

      • Thank you for your prompt reply, Brian. Please be informed that you might need to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

        Moreover, since my blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus animations, it is highly recommended to read my posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to see and experience all of the refined and glorious details. Hence, it is prudent to refrain from viewing my blog in the WordPress Reader, which tends to ignore or strip away some styling and formatting components, and also fails to display animations, all of which are aplenty in my posts and pages, which will look very different and even improper or amiss in the WordPress Reader.

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      • Your reply was even swifter. But then if you are Down under, you’re already a day ahead of me. 😉
        A good point. I’d actually thought of copying all your text in a word file to read at leisure but it0’s probably not a good idea…
        Good day. 😉

      • Dear Brian,

        I just posted another comment to your post entitled “21 “easy pieces” for the New Year”.

        This comment praises your photography and accounts of the wonderful and impressive alfrasco paintings and street arts. The comment awaits your moderation and approval before it will appear in your said post.

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