The delusional raging narcissist-in-chief’s desperate grasp on power

Horse race

Eric Lach points to historical precedent[1] for the previously described scenario in which a disputed election is settled by who various politicians allow to vote at the electoral college.[2] I still think a revolution, and not the nice kind, is a better idea.[3]

Eric Lach, “What Happens if Donald Trump Fights the Election Results?” New Yorker, August 21, 2020,

Walbridge Fire

FireShot Capture 283 - County of Sonoma Fire Incident Map -
Fig. 1. Screenshot of Sonoma County Fire Incident Map as of August 21, 2020, at 9:32 pm EDT (6:32 pm PDT), taken by author.

Evacuation warning zones, with mandatory evacuation zones close on their heels, now extend into Healdsburg, to the edge of Windsor, and to the northern edge of Graton (a small town between Forestville and Sebastopol). East of Guerneville, mandatory evacuation zones include areas across the Russian River from the actual fire, which has spread into rugged terrain nearing the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and to Mount Jackson.

Another round of isolated thunderstorms, “with little to no rainfall,” is in the forecast for parts of the greater Bay Area and the [Central Valley], beginning around Sunday evening and expected to last through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Lightning with these dry thunderstorms will have the potential to start new fires,” reads an urgent fire weather watch message the NWS issued just before 10:30 a.m. Friday. The fire watch is formally in place 11 a.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Tuesday.[4]

And I seriously need to update the links in my satellite photo collection. Some haven’t worked since March.

  1. [1]Eric Lach, “What Happens if Donald Trump Fights the Election Results?” New Yorker, August 21, 2020,
  2. [2]Max Boot, “What if Trump loses but insists he won?” Washington Post, July 6, 2020,; Timothy E. Wirth and Tom Rogers, “How Trump Could Lose the Election—And Still Remain President,” Newsweek, July 3, 2020,
  3. [3]David Benfell, “Time for somebody and something new,” Not Housebroken, July 27, 2020,; David Benfell, “We need to do everything different,” Not Housebroken, July 30, 2020,; David Benfell, “The mysterious expectation that elites give a damn,” Not Housebroken, August 1, 2020,; David Benfell, “Off with their heads,” Not Housebroken, August 19, 2020,
  4. [4]Michael McGough, “More weekend thunder, lightning in Northern California forecasts stoke wildfire concerns,” Sacramento Bee, August 21, 2020,

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