Trump stood at 43.8%, Obama at 63.3% one week into their presidencies

Thumbs up and thumbs down with question marks and the words “Biden’s Early Approval Ratings”
Thumbs up and thumbs down with question marks and the words “Biden’s Early Approval Ratings”

Pollsters and polling in general received a lot of criticism following the past two presidential elections, but that doesn’t mean polls are going away. In fact, the poll-watching era for President Joe Biden is just getting started.

What can we expect when Real Clear Politics posts its first polling average for Biden’s approval later this week? To get some idea, let’s review of the results of the 2020 presidential election.

American voters cast more than 158 million ballots in the Nov. 3 general election that pitted incumbent Republican Donald J. Trump against Biden, the Democratic nominee.

Biden won the election with 51.27% of total votes cast, and Trump received 46.82%. Other candidates, led by Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 1.18%, received a total of 1.91% of the vote. This translated into 306 electoral votes for Biden and 232 for Trump. …

Why not? Stranger things can and do happen every single day

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A man in his mid-20s takes the stage, acoustic guitar strapped on like a cordless power tool to let everyone know he means business.

He’s dressed like some kind of vagabond folksinger from the late 1960s. With deliberate intent, he slightly adjusts the stool awaiting him and then sits down under the lights, placing his motorcycle boots on the stool’s lowest crossbar.

His soft brown hair is long and curly, but not too long and not too curly. He has the barest wisp of a beard, more like facial hair waiting in the wings than tangible whiskers. He wears a blue denim jacket and black denim pants. …


But Stanford study cited by Kentucky’s junior senator deals with stay-at-home orders and business closures, not facial coverings

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul had some bold advice for FOX News viewers Friday.

He made it clear that he thinks masks are no longer needed for people who fall into two distinct categories.

“If you’ve had the disease (COVID-19) or you’ve been vaccinated and you’re several weeks out from the second dose, throw your mask away and tell Dr. Fauci to take a leap. Because once you have immunity, you don’t need to do this.” — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), during a Jan. 15, 2021, interview with Laura Ingraham of FOX News

As much as I would like to believe Paul, who alluded to a peer-reviewed study out of Stanford before offering his advice, there’s a very good chance he’s fooling himself — and his audience — with his certitude. …

‘TDS’ now an acronym for more than just ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

Newspaper in rack with headline ‘Pro-Trump Mob Storms US Capitol’
Newspaper in rack with headline ‘Pro-Trump Mob Storms US Capitol’

In the summer of 2018, before the Democrats decisively regained control of the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump used the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

“Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!” — Donald Trump on Twitter, July 18, 2018

Trump sycophants had, of course, been using the term prior to the tweet. In a story about the president’s use of the phrase, Associated Press reported that the term is intended to describe “voters who are so angry and opposed to the U.S. …

Poetic reflections on the meaning of saying goodbye

A passenger presses a hand to a glass window as the train rolls past a field with trees
A passenger presses a hand to a glass window as the train rolls past a field with trees


I. All the Time in the World

the young man
tells his younger friend,
as nonchalantly as he might say
— as if the severe implications
of clocks and watches
were mere inconveniences
that pass away with time,
as if all of us alive and kicking
would know a billion tomorrows
and then some.

The King would have done a first-rate job with these songs by Elton John, Sam Cooke, ZZ Top and nine other artists

A painting of Elvis Presley
A painting of Elvis Presley

If Elvis Presley were still with us, he would be turning 86 today. But the King of Rock-n-Roll left for that great concert hall in the sky some 43 and-a-half years ago, meaning he has already been gone longer than the 42 years he lived.

Elvis packed a lot of accomplishments into a career spanning more than two decades before a heart attack brought his life to an abrupt end at his home in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977.

From the mid-1950s through 1977, Elvis recorded more than 600 songs and released 57 albums, resulting in 14 №1 singles on Billboard. He made 31 movies and two concert documentaries — and he made a lot of songwriters and fellow musicians happy when he covered their songs. …


These shape-shifters of the sky know how to get creative!

White clouds scattered amid a blue sky
White clouds scattered amid a blue sky

The clouds were playing games that day,
starting with charades after lunch.
But they didn’t wait on separate turns,
They performed as one big bunch.

Could it be they’ve made a kitten’s face
In a section of their floating display?
Yet when I blink and look again
The whiskers have blown away.

Now it looks more like an angry bird
but one that’s perched, not flying.
And just below its clutching claws
A mustachioed clown is sighing.

A teddy bear in a rocking chair
Is reaching for half of a wagon,
And the dark formation that’s drifting in
Looks strangely like a dragon. …

Pooch poetry that does not need a license

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Dogs That Look Like They’re Driving

You know what I mean,
like in G-rated movies
where some clever director
props a pooch behind the wheel,
places its paws
at 10 and 2 o’clock,
pulls in for the closeup
so trained audiences
can bark hearty approval.

I saw the exact same thing
Tuesday morning outside the bakery,
but the car wasn’t moving —
it was parked in a 5-minute zone,
no production crews in sight.
Just a golden lab
with a dangling tongue,
angling to get a better view
of its favorite human being
walking back to the driver’s seat.

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How can someone who has been so fortunate still be so absorbed with self-proclaimed victimhood?

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Donald Trump did not invent the Unfairness Doctrine, but he did perfect it for his own personal and political gain. And in Trump’s case, the personal and the political are more or less the same thing.

Just what is the Unfairness Doctrine?

It’s believing that unless something or someone directly benefits your own interests, it must be fundamentally unfair. It’s also believing that you have the right to behave unfairly toward others so long as you don’t admit that you are doing anything wrong.

From the earliest days of his first presidential campaign to the ongoing attempt to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, Trump has repeatedly insisted that he is, in effect, getting screwed by the system. Or the media. …

Short poems and soothing pictures from the natural world

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Young Sunshine

Harder acorn rinds
than usual
this go-round, but
sensual ions
arrive just in time,
gracefully infusing
even the toughest shell.

Tree grows,
takes root,
blooms green
in verdant summer,
shelters footpaths
until leaves fall,
crunch-stepped back
into mysterious sod,
Earth ever accepting
of her own.

More trees
on the way,
truly the way
that cannot be spoken.


Darren Richardson

Headline writer & copy editor for 15-plus years in newspapers (1990–2006) ; digital professional since 2008. Twitter: https://twitter.com/darren_medium

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