JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the plaintiffs who claimed Harvard University's affirmative action policy is racist against Whites and Asians.

The appeals court rejected claims by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a nonprofit founded by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, which drew support from Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.

SFFA said Harvard engaged in impermissible “racial balancing” to make it easier for Blacks and Hispanics to win admission, and did not narrowly tailor its use of race.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has dismissed Trump's libel lawsuit against CNN over an op-ed published in 2019 that suggested his campaign would welcome more help from Russia. Where's the lie?

Finally, over 65,000 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 as if yesterday; a new record that will probably be broken today or tomorrow.

Across the country, the U.S. reported over 143,231 new cases on Wednesday, setting a new record one-day spike, according to CNBC’s analysis of Hopkins data. That brings the seven-day average to more than 127,400, up nearly 35% compared with a week ago. Over the past five days, the U.S. has reported a fresh record in daily new cases on three days, Hopkins data shows.

It’s not just cases that are rising. The seven-day average of hospitalized Covid-19 patients is up by at least 5% in 46 states, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic. Across the country, there are more than 65,300 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, more than at any other point in the pandemic.

If you were planning to attend or host a large gathering for Thanksgiving, you may want to reconsider. We could be looking at 200,000 to 300,000 infections per day by Thanksgiving if we don't do something fast.

Personally, I'll be cooking for a party of two. That's it. And I was sad about that since it will be my first Thanksgiving since coming out, but now I suppose it's a blessing. A large gathering would be too much of a risk.

There's been a lot of things I have not been able to do for the first time yet. I haven't been to a restaurant. I haven't gone to see a movie as my true self. I haven't sat at a bar as a woman. I didn't go out for Halloween and Thanksgiving will be limited. We've all lost a year, but some of us have lost more than that. All of this because Trump refused to take the pandemic seriously.

I try to remain positive by looking forward to things I'll be able to do next year. Sometime. Maybe. It's hard to describe the feeling of your entire life as a new person being held back because someone decided it would be good politics for them.

Programming note... I know it's been a short week here already, but I will be offline tomorrow. I'm cooking for my father tomorrow evening and tomorrow morning I have an appointment for a consultation for laser hair removal. That's one of those things I've been putting off until after the election.

  • Christopher Foxx

    If you were planning to attend or host a large gathering for Thanksgiving, you may want to reconsider.

    If you were planning to attend or host a large gathering for Thanksgiving, you are an idiot..

  • Aynwrong

    I got nothing. Everyone please be safe and look out for your loved ones. Here’s the most appropriate bit of music I will ever post here.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Nice video, but the final part is just wrong. He doesn’t just respect Republican Values, he embodies them.

  • katanahamon

    Ashby, I’m very happy for you. I only wish that I had figured out my own sexuality growing up, I may have had a happier life. It’s important to keep forging forward, trying to find something that gets you out of bed. It used to be professional classical music for me, playing an important solo position in an orchestra, every day the conductor would point at me and I’d have to be at the top of my game and make a beautiful sound come out. I’m disabled now, been looking for something, been through a hundred hobbies, I think I’m on to something that will get me out of the house and keep me engaged. To anyone struggling, please, brain chemistry is such a delicate and amazing thing, it can change so instantly, keep trying to find your happiness, and if you’re not happy, just keep going, have a little faith in yourself. It helps to find supplements that help, like Vitamin D and the B vitamins that directly contribute to brain health, and do see a doc for other help.

  • katanahamon

    Justice Alito should be impeached or otherwise removed from the Supreme Court after his overtly political speech to the Federalist society. As I get older, I wished that history had interested me more when I was younger. To think that the great discoveries of mankind have resulted in a society that is now reverting to the equivalent of a religious dark age mentality is truly depressing. Why is America so gullible, listening to the lies of Fox News, weirdo right wing pundits, crazy religious wackos and even obvious carnival barker just out for whatever few dollars are in their pockets? Actually voting to give their tax dollars to the one percent and huge corporations? Refusing to demand health care or even competitive prices on prescriptions? It’s very..depressing..

  • muselet

    • Affirmative action, statistically, doesn’t much affect whites or Asian-Americans, but benefits Latinos and Blacks enormously. All the people insisting that the real solution is better K-12 education aren’t wrong, but they are missing the point (and writing off an entire generation). Good on the First Circuit.

    • The only problem is that US District Judge Michael Brown will allow the Trump campaign to file an amended complaint. I doubt the campaign will bother and Donald Trump whingeing about CNN will be a daily feature on Trump TV or whatever it’s going to be called.

    • Welcome to the second wave of the pandemic, America. If the stupids hadn’t been so irresponsible over the summer (and if Trump hadn’t cheered them on), we might have avoided at least some of the rise in case load.

    • Short weeks are good sometimes, especially if they’re short for good reasons.

    • Tell me Buster Keaton wasn’t a comic genius. Go ahead, I dares ya.

    Have a safe weekend, all.


    • Draxiar

      Love the video!

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  • fry1laurie

    No incentive for Drumpf the Loser to do anythng now. Totally f-ked until January,