One of the most sobering portions of the 9/11 commemoration at the site of the World Trade Center is the reading of the names of the victims who died there…nearly 3,000 people. We must never forget.

I have heard that it takes somewhere between two and a half and three hours to read the names.

We aren’t done allowing people to die of COVID-19…but if if stopped today…how long would the commemoration ceremony last if we read the names of all 201,000 victims?

I don’t know…what was it? A month since Chicago dropped their quarantine requirements for Wisconsin visitors? Well, good news, we are back on their no go list again

The city of Chicago added the state of Wisconsin back to its 14-day quarantine list, which will go into effect Friday at 12:01 a.m.

States that have at least 15 daily Covid-19 infections per 100,000 residents are placed on the list. The Emergency Travel Order requires travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states that experience a surge in Covid-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period.

“Wisconsin is seeing a daily case average of over 15 cases/100k/day. To allow residents enough time to plan travel to this border state, it has been added to a warning list. If Wisconsin is unable to bring down the daily case average in the next week, they will be added to the quarantine list. Chicago residents are strongly advised to not travel to Wisconsin,” Chicago’s update read.

So way to go Wisconsin, we are now a pariah state, again, in Chicago. And you’ve kicked another contingent of tourists to the curb.

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ABC News reports that both of the deputies who were wounded in an ambush have been released from the hospital. I hope the attempted assassin is captured very soon.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who was targeted in an ambush-style shooting this month along with her partner has been released from the hospital, officials said.

“Great News… both of our Deputies from the #ComptonAmbush have been discharged from the hospital and are resting. They both have a long road to recovery and #LASD appreciates your continued prayers and all the support. #LASDStrong,” the sheriff’s department said in a tweet Monday night.

 

Here’s a photo from today in Madison:

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There has already been a record request for absentee ballots in Wisconsin with municipalities already sending out 1 million ballots this week. Many more requests for ballots will very likely be received before the deadline. It will take hours to count the returned ballots and election results won’t be timely in the manner we have gotten used to. It’ll actually be more like the first 200 years of the republic! But there has been a lot of confusion and consternation around voting this year. And election commissioners would love more time to do their counting…but they can’t start until 7 AM November 3, 2020 when the polls open.

And then the federal courts get involved and start changing things around just six weeks out…and then realize they will have a fight on their hands. This is just insane.

A federal judge gave Wisconsin voters an extra six days to get their absentee ballots back to election clerks this fall in a broad decision that also will make it easier to hire poll workers.

But anticipating an appeal was likely, U.S. District Judge William Conley immediately stayed his ruling, writing that it wouldn’t go into effect for at least a week. If higher courts uphold his ruling, the nation likely will have to wait for a week after Election Day to get results in the presidential election in one of the country’s most crucial swing states.

Conley ruled that absentee ballots would be counted if they are postmarked by Nov. 3 — Election Day — and received by clerks by Nov. 9. Ordinarily, ballots must be back in the hands of clerks by the time polls close on Election Day.

Conley also gave voters until Oct. 21 to register to vote by mail or through the state’s myvote.wi.gov website, a one-week extension.

Conley also ruled poll workers can work in any county, not just in the county where they reside. That will make it easier for clerks to find poll workers, which has been difficult during the pandemic.

Conley, who was nominated to the bench in 2010 by Democratic President Barack Obama, emphasized that he was trying to ensure the election is conducted fairly and wasn’t thinking about the political dimensions of his ruling.

I am generally supportive of viable and verifiable changes to voting rules that will enable more people to vote. But if you want to throw more doubt around voting, just keep moving the goal posts whenever we get in the red zone.

I am still trying to figure out my own voting strategy this time.

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Merrick Garland

Four Americans died tragically at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Congress investigated the incident in considerable depth. I only bring this up because it is apparently trending again.

Yesterday, September 19, 2020, 672 Americans died tragically all across America from COVID-19. Yesterday saw the equivalent of one Benghazi every NINE minutes. Nary a peep out of Congress and not any new financial assistance in months. No concern whatsoever out of the White House. This is simply criminal.

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