The reason for the choice of song will reveal itself at the end of the post…
1. No 2020 Election Train Wreck update this morning, because there are only a few items to report. One stinker from yesterday: the New York Times had an across-the-front page, “This is important!” headline that read, “ELECTION OFFICIALS NATIONWIDE FIND NO FRAUD.”
How did the Times’ ethics fall so far, so fast? That headline is pure propaganda, deceitful on its face. Do the editors think even the most partisan of their readers are that gullible?
2. Then there’s the Washington Post. I almost hate to post this after trying to talk commenter of the day Steve Witherspoon off the ledge in the previous Ethics Alarms entry. USPS whistleblower Richard Hopkins has demanded Tuesday that the false Washington Post story claiming he ‘recanted’ his sword statement regarding directions he was given by his Erie, PA postmaster to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day. He did not recant. In a video, the veteran says,
“My name is Richard Hopkins, I’m a postal employee who came out and whistleblew on the Erie, Pennsylvania postal service, postal office. I am right at this very moment looking at an article written by the Washington Post—it says that I fabricated the allegations of ballot tampering. I’m here to say that I did not recant my statements, that didn’t happen, that is not what happened. You will find out tomorrow, and I would like that the Washington Post recant their wonderful little article that they decided to throw out there, out at random.”
He has been placed on non-pay status by the Erie Post Office, which seems like a violation of whistle-blower laws to me, but I haven’t checked. GoFundMe, based on the Post story, erased the effort to provide him and his family financial support while he is being punished by the USPS.
The House Oversight Committee claimed they were told by the USPS Office of Inspector General that Richard Hopkins had signed a sworn affidavit recanting the sworn affidavit claiming he was forced to change ballots. If this is indeed untrue, as it seems, where is the accountability?
Project Veritas released another video interview in which Richard Hopkins not only said he didn’t recant his story but played an audiotape of SPS investigators Russell Strasser and Charles Klein pressuring him to recant his statement about backdating ballots. The reflex response to this has been that Project Veritas can’t be trusted, but at this point I view it about as trustworthy as Fox News, the New York Times or the Washington Post. This tweet from yesterday is apt:
More on this story at the Daily Lid, here.
3. Wait! How can this be? From the CBS local affiliate: “A social worker in the Mexia State Supported Living Center has been charged with 134 felony counts in an election fraud investigation. The Texas Attorney General’s Office’s Election Fraud Unit assisted the Limestone County Sheriff and District Attorney in charging Kelly Reagan Brunner. If convicted, Brunner faces up to 10 years in prison for the alleged offenses. State Supported Living Centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the AG’s office explained in a news release Friday, Nov. 6.”
But I was just told by the most trustworthy paper in America that “ELECTION OFFICIALS NATIONWIDE FIND NO FRAUD”!
Bill Gifford, principal of Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston, Maine, wrote on Facebook that President Trump’s supporters were “asswipes” and said that they have “big trucks” and “small dicks.” His posts—there were others similarly charming— were circulated among the Regional School Unit 13 community and alarmed parents who said the principal set a bad example for students, the Bangor Daily News reported.
Really? Who would have thought it? I don’t know about you, but I know I’d be thrilled to have such a civil, responsible school leader guiding my child and serving as his role model.
Bill decided he probably should apologize, writing later in part,
“My mistake was to include profanity, and for that I am truly sorry and hope that the community can accept this heartfelt apology…it is a great privilege to hold a leadership position and help guide our youth to realize their full potential. With this great privilege, I realize that I have the responsibility to ensure that I demonstrate effective ways to communicate, even when I disagree, in a way that ensures a productive and respectful dialogue.”
Thank you, Bill! You’re fired. (He hasn’t been, yet.)
5. Ugh. Trump tweets…and a song! Ann Althouse reads the President’s tweets so I don’t have to. It’s fine to blame the media, the Left’s lies, and possible voting shenanigans for the President’s likely defeat, but the truth is that he has been a major architect of his own fate.
To the melody of “Old Man River,” original lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein Jr and music by the great Jerome Kern:
Trump keeps tweeting
Yes Trump keeps tweeting
He don’t learn nothing
He must tweet something
He can’t stop tweeting
He just keeps tweeting his crap.
He don’t write clearly
He don’t have filters
And them that read it
Go out of kilter!
But Trump keeps tweeting
He keeps on tweeting this crap!
You and me
We sweat and strain
Brain all aching
And wracked with pain
Stop the rot!
Save our laws!
Its an uphill battle,
And that’s all because…
Trump keeps tweeting
And sounding crazy
I’m getting nauseous
My sight’s gone hazy!
But Trump keeps tweeting…
He just keeps tweeting his crap!