200,000 flags for Inauguration Day; Woot !

Cuz nothin' says Failed Republic like: 'Flag-packed National Mall, razor wire & military patrols give off surreal vibes ahead of Biden’s ‘virtual’ inauguration (PHOTOS)', RT.com

'Biden hosted a ceremony on Tuesday night to commemorate the 400,000 US deaths linked to Covid-19. The somber event featured a row of candles that lined the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial, prompting CNN to gush that the lights were “extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America.” [...]

But the conspicuous presence of the military is far from the only thing that will make Biden’s swearing-in ceremony unorthodox. With the National Mall closed to the public, Biden’s inaugural committee decided to install nearly 200,000 American flags, some of them bearing the emblems of US states and territories. Dubbed the ‘Field of Flags’, the art display was designed to represent the thousands of citizens who will be unable to attend the inauguration.

One wonders if Biden will reach out to the 75,000,000 Trump voters in order to 'heal this divided nation' as he'd promised. Or is that the reason for 'some of the flags bearing the emblems of US states', maybe even...Red States?

will he keep calling so many Trump supporters 'domestic terrorists' and Nazis'? Hard to tell what his website rhetoric implies.

But a couple hours ago several sites ha featured: Live! Trump's leaving the White House with a small crowd waving his/their helicopter away. So glad to hear Nancy Pelosi hadn't had to 'fumigate him out of the Oval Office', aren't you?

Now the close-up photo of the Flags seems to indicate that they're not full-size flags, but the sort one waves along side a Parade. Before I'd checked I'd wondered if they might be handed out to the many homeless camps in the DeeCee Area for bedding or shawls, but now my hopes have been dashed.

But the whole spectacle sure did remind me of this old John Prine song; how about you?

Won't it be a relief to say goodbye to Jan. 20 soon? Oh, and the ceremony is due to start at Noon EST; you can watch it here. #CantWaitToMissIt.

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earthling1's picture

Surely a typo, right?
Otherwise, welcome to the new age.
Or sumptin'

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@earthling1

thanks i've fixed it. i was just adding the finishing touches when the whole diary disappeared, and the Main Page booted up. Curses! i swore: 'you fookin' Microsoft Mouse!'

i went and ate my toast, decided i could handle a shorter version, but perhaps...longer on DT voters. ; )

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Original Message -----
From: Nancy Pelosi
To: Wendy Davis
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:42 AM
Subject: RE: Joe and Kamala, Wendy

Wendy, I hate to email you so early -- but I had to reach out on this historic day.

In 4 hours, I’m attending Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration. This moment will go down in history for Democrats. So I wanted to reach out and ask: Will you become an official Inauguration Day Donor by pitching in $5 before midnight? I’m hoping to reach 100,000 gifts before midnight to ensure my friends Joe and Kamala enter the White House with an undeniable foundation of support. >>

Suggested Support: $5 >>

I want to emphasize:

Today is one Democrats and the country will never forget.

I know Joe and Kamala will be a champion for health care, civil rights, and more.

I’m excited that we’re about to usher in a new era under the leadership of my dear friends.

But Republicans will do everything they can to undermine this presidency.

That’s why I’m asking:

I need 100,000 gifts on the day of this historic inauguration to begin Joe and Kamala’s first day in office with a record-breaking fundraising day for Democrats. Can I count on you to become an official Inauguration Day Donor before midnight? >>

You betcha, Nancy. Mind you, i've been a registered Unaffiliated voter for at least fifteen years....

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@wendy davis

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

Nancy the Grifter, lol.

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Roy Blakeley's picture

@wendy davis I have had hundreds (literally) of emails since the Trumpsters' invasion of the Capitol that say, in essence, Trump is beyond the pale, his supporters are white supremacist neo-Nazis, send us money.

Putting aside that these begging emails are essentially non sequiturs, it seemed to me that there were quite a few African Americans in the Trump crowd. There were very few among the Capitol invaders, but there seemed to be a substantial number in the crowd milling around away from the capital. Add that an African-American, Ali Alexander, was a major organizer and that the percentage of African-Americans that voted for Trump doubled from 2016 to 2020, and the just a bunch of racists argument begins to fall apart.

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At least the dead American youth? Not to mention the death of their innocence.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

years of the obomba regime? dunno how many that might be, but assassinated globally by his regime: almost countless.

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Cassiodorus's picture

by the sound of great masses of Brunch Liberals going to sleep all at once. There's a (D) in the White House and all's well with the world, y'know. /snark

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"The future is inside us/ It's not somewhere else." -- Radiohead

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@Cassiodorus

hasn't it? CNN already has his back, as will the WaPO and NYCIA Slimes. his cabinet is obomba 2.0, but worse. but, but: We'll hold his feet to the fire for medicare4all and __ and __! (more wars?)

they've already recognized juan guiado as president elect of VZ, yada yada. but such a diverse cabinet! Rice, Power, an indun, gays, lesbians, even a transvestite! a rainbow coalition!

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Cassiodorus's picture

@wendy davis Matt Taibbi, whose opinion I somewhat respect, said at some point last year that we have to get rid of Trump because everyone was kept in a permanent state of agitation by what Trump was saying and because that wasn't healthy.

Now we get brunch liberals, Biden, sleep, and a continuation of bad policy with maybe a brief honeymoon period stuck in between so as to insure their loyalty.

When does behaving like a grown-up become fashionable?

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"The future is inside us/ It's not somewhere else." -- Radiohead

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@Cassiodorus

had added biden's plan to the national debt. that's been a football on it own, given economists saying it might increase inflation, comparing the U-6 to the U-3 unemployment figures, etc. beats me, all of it, as i've forgotten most of the economics i'd ever learned under obomba rule back in the day. 'deferred prosecutions of TBtF banks',, for one, lol.

thank you, though. as far as i can make out, the deepening amerikan depression will only be partially caused by the covid lockdowns.

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edg's picture

Surely a typo, right? Trump received 74,216,722 votes. Eight figure numbers are rounded down when the last six digits are 499,999 or less and rounded up when 500,000 or more.

Or for consistency, you could round Joe Biden's 81,268,757 up to 82 million.

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@edg

i'd used ajamu baraka's figure from my last diary.

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@wendy davis

I've seen that slipping into the conservative lexicon more and more. I think it helps Trump supporters feel better about themselves by reducing Biden's win margin. I'm surprised Amaju Baraka picked it up. I've even seen variants where Trump got 81 million votes and Biden only got 74 million.

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The president-elect spoke about his first time taking the train from Delaware to the nation’s Capitol, how his driver was going to be a Black man. “And here we are today, my family and I, about to return to Washington, to meet a Black woman, of South Asian descent, to be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States.”

Remember he said that this election would be the biggest fraud in history.

And of course this guy needs to be seen again and be anointed the biggest Dem ass kisser yet.

Gee and democrats and their sycophants have been telling us that Trump will have to be removed by the military to get him to leave the WH. That he'd be frog marched out in handcuffs, and of course Pelosi said that he is too dangerous to leave in office. Okay he is out. Impeachment is used to remove the president of the US. If that president has left office then what's left to do? He has already been impeached twice and pretty much had the hammer come down on his head so isn't that enough?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg

remember when Trump put fences up around the WH after the BLM protests became violent for whatever reason; the cops started it or they cleaned up after the protesters did. Either way it was an outrage to democrats because it made it look like the US was a 3rd world country. Remember that? I do.

But now that it was the democrats that made DC look like a fortress with not only more fences, but Razor wire strung across the top of them. Razor wire for gawd's sake here in America's center of government. Not to defend from a foreign country, but against its own citizens. Not only that, but 20,000 troops are patrolling DC and many of them are armed. Armed troops against their own citizens. 6,000 may be there permanently for awhile. How long? Who the hell knows? Now where did that outrage go?

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@snoopydawg

muriel bowser opined that it may be 'the new normal'. will the mraps stay, too? militarizing the police (first in baltimore?) courtesy of the 1033 program was a brilliant idea too. remember when saint obomba had called back the tanks on treads...but okayed the ones n wheels?

amerika, the banana republic, you mean?

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@wendy davis
are tough on asphalt. Wheels much better. Saves on maintenance so that you can cut taxes more.

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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." -- Albert Bartlett
"A species that is hurtling toward extinction has no business promoting slow incremental change." -- Caitlin Johnstone

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@WoodsDweller

and nice to see you, amigo.

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Bisbonian's picture

@snoopydawg Repeat after me, Snoopy

"AT least he is not Trump. At least he is not Trump. At least he is not Trump."

That's good. Keep going.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

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@snoopydawg

look because Trump was president. Now it’s not so bad. Or something.

Boy that sure looks worse than when Trump was president. Lots more troops. What was that about Trump using federal troops to protect federal buildings? This looks so different from when Trump was president.

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@snoopydawg

you done brung! poor old clueless joe. ; )

and yep, just like 'the lights were “extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America.”

the big Q is: can the senate bring impeachment now that he's gone? pelosi ket mumbling about her slow-walking the bill to the senate: 'maybe we should give him a hundred days to get his cabinet appt., and issue a zillion EOs to counteract Trumpeter's...'

oh: and his $1.7 trillion (or something) Covid relief. we ain't got our $600 yet; how about you?

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@wendy davis an even $2,000 that they promised.

I haven't got tRump's $600 yet (my sister in Tx has) but maybe we're lucky they don't count tRump's $1,200 relief check as well, or we would be getting (some day) only $200.00 to make that $2,000 mark.

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@aliasalias

but we're not really expecting ay of it. just making many more lentil stews and chinese tahini sesame noodle soups with tofu. yum, though.

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Shahryar's picture

I didn't like his speech. I didn't like Garth Brooks. I didn't like Amanda Gorman. I was watching the ABC feed. I didn't like their gushing.

I'm also sick of this whole governmental system. I'll spend some time today imagining something different, something better.

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wendy davis's picture

@Shahryar

to listen. i couldn't afford to, as i'm already too cynical about the Dynamic Duo. i don't even know who amanda gorman do be, lol.

i told mr. wd this a.m. that one MSN site said that one of those asteroids that zip close to earth...were jimmied by several nations or other-worldly outlanders...to hit DeeCee in order to srsly: Drain the Swamp'.

but good on you for your last two sentences. at least some of know what to expect, so...there's that, so now, we can only laugh.

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with no real concerns for those across the Country who have lost loved ones to covid,or for survivors of covid now being strangled financially by the medical bills,the lost jobs,businesses closed for good,people broke and facing evictions, all while merriment reigns in the Capitol.

Might as well play music from the Great Depression for the event like 'The Gold-Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money).

While everyone else hears this top tune of 1930

Brother Can You Spare a Dime

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, made it run,
Made it race against time,
Once I built a railroad, now it's done,
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower to the sun,
Brick and rivet and lime,
Once I built a tower, now it's done,
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits,
Gee, we looked swell!
Full of that yankee-doodle-dum,
Half a million boots
Went slogging through hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember? They called me "Al,"
It was "Al" all the time.
Say, don't you remember? I'm your pal!
Brother, can you spare a dime?

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@aliasalias

and soon the nation's soup kitchens and pantries will run out of food, and who is biden's secretary of agriculture to see us thtu the days of hunger? Tom 'mr. monsanto/gates' green revolution' Vilsack. what a fooking brilliant corporate wall street shill choice!

laughter may be the best medicine...for now.

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

Could there be a poorer choice of metaphor???