I was up all night…

… fascinated by the whole process of certifying the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I didn’t mean to stay up but in the end I just couldn’t go to bed without seeing this happy ending to the tragic events of yesterday…

It’s 4 am in Washington DC and it’s 10 am here where I live. I worked a bit during the Pennsylvania debate where the Republicans were so disheartening that I didn’t want to waste my time listening to them after the first 45 minutes or so. I hope that the worst is now over and we can actually look forward to something better coming from the US from now on. In the meantime, let me share again a video made just after the presidential election last November, celebrating the victory and especially Stacey Abrams role in Georgia. After the past 12-16 hours or so, I think everyone can use a smile again…

I have taken the rest of the day off, am going to bed now for a bit of sleep. Here’s to a much better USA than we’ve seen the past four years!

16 thoughts on “I was up all night…

  1. I love happy endings !! Hopefully when all this is said and done Joe and Kamala will have their day on Jan 20 and Trump will end up facing prison in New York.

    Hope you got some sleep ❤️❤️

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    1. It’s a huge relief the confirmation has come through but although that is wonderful, it doesn’t feel like a happy ending to me yet. An underbelly of QAnon alternative reality racists has been unleashed and how do you get that genie back into the bottle agin…

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  2. Servetus

    I watched the whole thing, too — interesting just because this is a pro forma session usually, not something most people would make time to watch. (I think the last time I watched this much of Congress was on the night that John McCain saved Obamacare.) It really stunned me that Hawley still supported the PA Congresspeople in their objection after everything else that happened yesterday. He has presidential ambitions but even so that decision was cynical and crazy. Louie Gohmert’s objection on Wisconsin I expected — he’s an idiot and an *sshole.

    On another note — the House of Commons is usually much more entertaining to watch. This had the feel of a train limping along after a train wreck — esp when the reps got into a scuffle and the one had to be removed from the House floor. How embarrassing.

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    1. I don’t think I ever watched this much of Congress before, a first for me.

      Yeah, that scuffle was weird! And some Reps not willing to take any responsibility for their lies that led to this was shocking to me too. So much so, that I actually preferred to work during part of the Pennsylvania debate with my headphones off!

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      1. Servetus

        I’m actually thinking of adding an assignment to my philosophy class about truth and politics. Everything that these people say gets read into the Congressional Record, and the first Rep who spoke repeated debunked data about the PA electorate (roughly 200k more people in PA were said to have voted than there are registered voters; and there were versions of this “fact” for all of the contested states). When Conor Lamb called them out for lying, I was relieved, but I never thought after yesterday that anyone on the House floor would start a scuffle. This was an interesting episode in understanding cognition, that the guy wouldn’t conclude that violence in the Capitol was not on after a day of violence in the Capitol. Blech.

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        1. I didn’t know Conor Lamb before last night but he was good! I can half understand that a Rep would not agree with what he said, but yeah, to begin a scuffle over that? Wow.
          Truth and politics is increasingly important in this day and age of social media being able to make any fringe lies mainstream.

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      1. Servetus

        The US Government pays chaplains for each house, interestingly. They make about $120k a year, and they have a budget for pastoral care and salary, benefits, etc. There are also multiple guest chaplains who offer prayers. Prayer to open a session is very normal (there was a minor kerfuffle over the one who opened the 117th Congress, two days ago, who closed the prayer with “amen and awomen.”). Not sure if closing prayer is normal. I was just looking and while there is an archive of opening prayers, there is not one of closing prayers. I guess they thought they needed one.

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          1. Servetus

            The chaplains are Xian but the guest chaplains don’t have to be. They can apply to give an invocation or be nominated by a member of one of the bodies. Not many non-Xians do it. It’s mostly mainline and evangelical Christians. I think they draw a line at atheists though — if you want to pray you have to at least be a deist. I don’t know if there’s a lot of anger about it — it doesn’t come up usually.

            I remember being really surprised that Trump had a rabbi deliver a prayer at his inauguration (and a little offended, actually, that a rabbi would participate).

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          2. Servetus

            I was reading about this last night before my media field started exploding again — it turns out that there have been intermittent calls to abolish the practice / office, beginning in the 1850s.

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      2. Servetus

        Looking a little further: it’s not on the list of tasks for the Chaplain. So I’m guess, not normal. Although most Americans would not look askance at it.

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