Straw Puppy’s POTUS Polls: The Horror-Farce Edition

Those drapes really bring the room together.

It has been three weeks since the election and while we know who won, a section of the US still hasn’t come to terms with it. The good news is that section is getting smaller and the bad news is that section is getting more entrenched and more divorced from reality. The variety of fantasy ranges from denial to paranoia [archive links].

I said last week: “The Keystone Cop Coup is making little progress in court after multiple legal challenges being effectively laughed out of court”. They have doubled down into absurdity since then with even more outlandish claims in press conferences, which contrast with the court cases that focus on procedural issues with vague hand waving at notions of fraud. While that might sound like the lawyers are being more sensible in court than they are in front of the TV camera, it is more a case of different styles of incompetence in different arenas.

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  1. Catholic Exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger Calls on Faithful to Recite Prayer to Bind the Evil Spirits and Satanic Forces Until Election Oddities are Resolved

    Prayer of Command
    In His Name and by the power of His Cross and Blood, I ask Jesus to bind any evil spirits, forces and powers of the earth, air, fire, or water, of the netherworld and the satanic forces of nature. By the power of the Holy Spirit and by His authority, I ask Jesus Christ to break any curses, hexes, or spells and send them back to where they came from, if it be His Holy Will. I beseech Thee Lord Jesus to protect us by pouring Thy Precious Blood on us (my family, etc.), which Thou hast shed for us and I ask Thee to command that any departing spirits leave quietly, without disturbance, and go straight to Thy Cross to dispose of as Thou sees fit. I ask Thee to bind any demonic interaction, interplay, or communications. I place N. (Person, place or thing) under the protection of the Blood of Jesus Christ which He shed for us. Amen

    Please put your family, the United States of America and President Donald Trump as the intentions in the Prayer of Command.

    https://credostlouis.org/prayer-of-command/2020/

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    1. On the one hand, I continue to be saddened by the behavior of Fr Ripperger. The prayer to St Michael the Archangel is right. there. and many Catholics already know it!

      On the other hand, if lots of people do pray this and then certain people are found unconscious in the White House I will not be unhappy.

      PS. Is he really an exorcist? Does his bishop know about this?

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      1. He really is the bishop-approved exorcist for his area. Not that I’d ask for someone so {crazy|demon-filled|both} to be praying for anyone I cared about who might be suffering from demonic attack. He’s obviously on the demons’ payroll.

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  2. FYI that VD link is not to an archive. Not sure if you meant it to or not. He provides a perfect example of juuuuuusst barely missing his own point:

    “There are two possibilities here. Either Trump is managing the decline and is simply drawing out the process because he is an cruel bastard who wants to troll both his own followers and the Democrats or he understands the GSA release of funds is irrelevant and he wishes to take the pressure off a woman and her family because he sees no need for her to bear it.

    Which possibility sounds more like the President Trump you have observed for the last four years?”

    I can’t see how Hoyt can still be operational, given the constantly upper-atmospheric frequency of her paranoia. From what I recall, she’s been absolutely certain the fascist left is just about to break down her door and summarily execute her and her family for 5+ years now.

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    1. I can’t stop commenting about Hoyt; it’s some terrible sickness I think.

      But my question is: what is up with that? Does she have some secret desire to be the Portuguese-American Garcia-Lorca or something? Some dread premonition?

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      1. She mentioned somewhere that she faced guns as a teenager. Now, that may or may not be true — but if true, it could easily have given her a raging case of PTSD and concommitant paranoia.

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      2. @Contrarius – From the various references she’s made to her family being disenfranchised when fascists were removed from power in her country, I suspect there may be something to that, but I’ve also discovered that it’s a bad idea to ever give a right wingnut the benefit of the doubt*, so I’d need to hear the detailed story of that, everything leading up to it and the event itself, to be convinced she’s had the experience she’s implying.

        * This Summer and Autumn has left me bereft of fucks to give for right wing sob stories. I’ve heard too many stories about hapless RWers being brutally attacked by BLM/protesters – stories that turned out to be fabrications or, at the very best, heavily edited and misleading. All while RWers were running down protesters, shooting protesters, cheering on violent and out-of-control cops, and donating bail money to mass shooters.

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      3. “She mentioned somewhere that she faced guns as a teenager. Now, that may or may not be true”

        its probably not true. The timeline of the Carnation Revolution doesn’t seem to match up with anything that Hoyt has claimed.

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      4. Maybe she faced guns from her own side and has (understandably) displaced them to her “enemies”.

        Her family must have done all right, to have enough ill-gotten gains to relocate comfortably. Maybe there were some bored guys on duty in the airport carrying guns (like we had after 9/11) and she’s ginned that up into her fantasy world as being an attack on her personally. Confabulation-prone histrionic personalities like her can spin a whole cloth out of one speck.

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      5. Hoyt is, after all, the one who went absolutely, screaming ballistic at Mike for calling her a homophobe simply because one of her blog posts was the second item in a Pixel Scroll entitled “The Hydrophobia That Falls On You From Nowhere”. 🙄

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      6. Hoyt says she faced guns as a young woman in THE CARNATION REVOLUTION?

        Let’s just say that’s unlikely and leave it at that. Though I will state this confirms just what brand of ‘libertarian’ she is.

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      7. I have not seen her mention any revolution in connection with her experience. It could have been police for all I know.

        IIRC she said that one of the two instances occurred when she was 16, so that would’ve been about 1978 or 1979.

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      8. Hoyt consistently talks about being threatened with guns in the context of socialists taking over Portugal. The only event in her lifetime in which socialists took over Portugal was the Carnation Revolution. That’s why her accounts don’t match reality.

        Maybe she was threatened at some point later, after the socialist government came to power, but if so, it wasn’t in the context she implies it was because the history doesn’t match her recollections. I suspect she’s conflating something that actually happened to her that was relatively mundane with the socialists coming to power in Portugal and has been telling the lie so long that she has forgotten it isn’t true.

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      9. I think it’s all she has.

        Her sales are tepid at best, her writing isn’t setting the world on fire, the Sad Puppies are no more. Political fabrications and persecution fantasies laid out in public are the only means she has to remain — putatively — relevant.

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      10. Her family didn’t relocate, she went to the US first as an exchange student, where she met her husband and later married him. Her family are still in Portugal as far as I know.

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      11. Yes, and according to someone who interacted with her frequently in the early 2000s, she was cheerful and seemingly sane, she had happily immigated to the U.S. in order to marry her husband, and there were no stories about oppression in her home country; that appears to be a new backstory she’s come up with in just the last decade or so.

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      12. It’s completely probable that Hoyt’s family found itself watched after the Carnation Revolution due to being high-to-mid-level New State members. What Hoyt doesn’t want to admit is this what any government would do to the backers of a deposed dictatorship if it stopped short of mass arrests, and that honestly the fact that they did so points out how much the Revolution was a democratic restoration.

        Because this is the other thing–the New State was capital ‘F’ Fascist. Not a Fascist-tinged authoritarian state like Francoist Spain–it was the real deal in its philosophy and its methods. Hoyt’s likely exaggeration of some isolated incidents into being ‘threatened with guns’ ignores that when the shoe was on the other foot the people her parents’ supported were USING guns on people. But admitting that would mean an honest self-examination, and who has time for that?

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      13. One issue with Hoyt is that she has asserted so many demonstrably untrue things over the years, that it is impossible to take anything she says about her own past seriously. One of the reasons that I am inclined not to believe her claims about being threated with guns is that she has demonstrated that, like all Sad Puppies, she is a lying sack of shit.

        There is no reason to believe anything Hoyt says about anything is true.

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    2. /// “There are two possibilities here.
      …..
      Which possibility sounds more like the President Trump you have observed for the last four years?”

      Hah—I was just coming to post that! He is sooooo close to enlightenment and he doesn’t realize it.

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    3. I think Beale and his commentariat are going to be very disappointed when Biden is sworn in as President on January 20. I’m sure Beale will come up with some conspiracy about how Trump is still the real president and Biden’s inauguration is just some six-dimensional chess trap Trump has laid, or some such silliness.

      The reality is that Trump is not going to be President any more, and I predict that numerous peoples from his administration will be indicted and convicted over the next couple of years.

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      1. Beale is starting to hedge his bets. “Either Trump is bluffing or he isn’t. Either he will cross the Rubicon or he won’t.” A long way from when he would go on about how the Trumpslide was coming and nothing, nothing could stop it.

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      2. Beale always hedges his bets, while pretending to be absolutely confident. The classic Beale assertion is a statement of iron-clad certainty followed by a lot weaselly qualifiers so he can qualify for Esoteric Victory if things go unwell.

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      3. There was a commentator on his site today saying, essentially, it’s over, to which Beale replied “You really need to shut up and wait until January 20th at the earliest.” Watch for him to keep going on about the brilliant trap Trump is setting for Biden long after Inauguration Day.

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    4. GSA’s Emily Murphy had been called on the carpet by Congress, and they had issued her a demand for a “Please Explain” meeting on Tuesday. She tried to put them off until next week with one of her subordinates. They said, “No, YOU personally WILL appear in front of us on Tuesday even if it needs to be via videoconference.” That is a HUGE black mark on a civil servant. I think that scared the bejeezus out of Murphy, it was the bridge too far, and she told Trump “Sorry, I can’t do this any more, it’s my own career on the line” — and since the transition authorization was inevitable, he tried to make it look as though it was his own decision.

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      1. Beale clearly identifies heavily with Trump, for obvious reasons. Hence the resistance to admitting that Trump lost here, because, well, then Teddy might have to recognize, on some level, that all his brilliant victories of late… haven’t been.

        And he can’t have that, now can he?

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      2. For Space Oddity, really, but there’s no Reply link to them I could find:

        The similarities between VD and trump are pretty amazing. Both born to rich parents, both convinced that that wealth was their own doing and made them superior people, both flit from one business idea to another, all of which seem to fail, both are racist and misogynistic, with “deplorable” followers, both think they’re geniuses because they aren’t smart enough to realize how much they don’t know… It’s interesting that although trump succeeded in gaining the presidency, VD’s Hugo nominations were roundly rejected by the SF community. Are we better able to see through a con artist, or is it that we’re interested mainly in books, and our votes go for that and not personalities?

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      3. @Lampwick: why not both?

        @Space Oddity: they might have even more in common if T manages to flee the country and live in exile to avoid justice. They seem to have the same taste in lawyers,

        Teddy’s so ineffectual that he’s really more of a Don Jr. or… Eric.

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      4. Eric and Jr. are the failsons of a failson of a failson. The Trumps have been producing Fredos in every generation save the first. (Frederick and Elizabeth were unpleasant, but they were genuinely clever, something that is not true for most of their descendants.) Teddy’s a first generation failson, though he does have the added quirk of the father who made the fortune having gone mad and being tossed out of the company by the saner members of the family.

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  3. Incidentally, though, all these conspiracy theorists do have one valid point — namely, that computer voting systems should always have paper backup.

    I don’t know the name of the system used in TN, but I like it a lot. We vote on a computer touch screen — thus avoiding hanging chads, incompletely filled-out circles, and whatever — but when we are through voting, the machine spits out a paper receipt/ballot. We check that receipt and then insert it into a second machine that reads the paper ballot and saves it in case of recounts or computer glitches.

    I don’t know how many states are using electronic voting with no paper backups, but I’d be happy to work with Republicans on getting those eliminated.

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    1. If she recognizes she’s not wholly sane, why isn’t she doing something about it? There’s all sorts of help nowadays, both counseling and chemical.

      Is it like the old joke? “I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy it!”

      (man, this entry has brought out all our dad jokes)

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  4. And from a blog post two days earlier than the one Camestros linked to, we have VD setting himself up to be “right” for years to come.

    “I know considerably more about what is going on behind the scenes of matters to which I am privy than the public does. But I can’t say anything about what is happening now until the process is over, and that process will take months, if not years. And I also know that nothing anyone else says in public will have any impact whatsoever on the eventual result.”

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      1. Beale has claimed secret knowledge before, and it turned out, he didn’t have secret knowledge. I don’t think he has secret knowledge now, especially given that his vantage point is a couple of thousand miles away from the U.S.

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    1. Well, to be fair, he did more specifically say he knows more than the public about “what is going on behind the scenes of *matters to which [he is] privy*.” In other words, he knows more than we do about the category of things he knows more about than we do, which he didn’t enumerate but certainly there must be some, like details of his home decor or personal anatomy. I have no trouble accepting that that’s true and I’m fine with it staying that way.

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  5. Lampwick:” It’s interesting that although trump succeeded in gaining the presidency, VD’s Hugo nominations were roundly rejected by the SF community. Are we better able to see through a con artist, or is it that we’re interested mainly in books, and our votes go for that and not personalities?”

    I give a substantial amount of credit to the Hugo voting system.

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      1. Contrarius:

        The 1970s libertarian SF novel “The Probability Broach” (and the other books in that series) involve an election system that allows (and has resulted in): “No of the Above” winning the Presidency. Back during the Sad days, I thought it ironic that the Pups complained about such a libertarian concept.

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      2. Nevada has had it for while. In fact, I believe none of the above came in second place in 1980, over Jimmy Carter.

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