Unreality Check (#4)

Agencies shall consider ways to expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process. 200-day deadline from Mar. 7. Includes modernization of websites and digital services.

The above summarizes some of the key points of an executive order issued Mar. 7 by Joe Biden. I’d heard about this one, but in general it’s been so quiet, relative to recent times, that I’d kind of lost track of what he’d been doing.

The following are some of other things that happened in just the first seven days of this month:

• The Senate passed the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan Act.

• The February jobs report showed 379,000 jobs added to the economy.

• The Defense Production Act was engaged to make enough vaccines to supply every American by the end of May 2021.

• Biden met with President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to discuss immigration, COVID-19, and economic and security cooperation.

• Biden spoke with the Guatemalan president to discuss immigration and regional security.

• Secretaries of Commerce and Education were sworn in.

• Biden assessed the mental acuity of the governors of Texas and Mississippi.

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Introducing George Floyd’s drug use as a defense strategy is no different than pointing out “provocative dress” on the part of the victim during a rape trial

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Instead of pushing this rapid reopening, why don’t GOP governors just tell everyone to work harder. I mean, that’s all poor people have to do, right?

Unreality Check (#1)

The University of Michigan is playing great basketball right now (notwithstanding what just happened against Illinois!). Testament to the value of recruiting to build a team rather than win individual matchups. Four-year seniors (present and future) and one great grad transfer. Bring on the tournament! Go Blue!!

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How is maritime piracy of commercial-scale vessels still a thing? In fact, still so much of a thing that the chief of staff of the Nigerian Navy has publicly accused security consultants Dryad Global of trying to embarrass it via continuous coverage of events. A free press holds people accountable. Everywhere.

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Texas congressmen have introduced legislation empowering state governors to nominate offshore areas for oil and gas development. So now state’s rights are a thing again? Got it. And it’s a ‘bipartisan’ effort to boot. Who do you think Kevin Brady and Henry Cuellar are working for?

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Microsoft has this thing in Outlook called Cortana. It’s supposed to give a morning inbox reminder of things one needs to remember to follow up on. Nine days out of 10 its top message is that my company’s firewall asked me to “Please verify that you trust this sender…” #useless

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The Big Lie is alive and well. Millions still believe the 2020 US election was stolen. At this point political parties are immaterial. You are either for democracy or you are not. Feel free to let me know which camp is yours.

To be clear, Mike Lee (R-UT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), need not check in. Your anti-democracy positions have already been established.

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Gov. Greg Abbott just lifted the mask mandate in Texas and reopened business at 100% capacity effective Mar. 10. I guess he thought it would a cool way to mark Texas Independence Day. Hoping for the best. Expecting an absolute calamity. At least I’m vaxxed. #FromThePeopleWhoBroughtUsWinterBlackout2021