39 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Papers

  1. ReproBertie

    Oops! The only American president to lose the popular vote twice has gone and lost another lawsuit.

    “A federal judge in Georgia threw out President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger trying to overturn the presidential election results Tuesday, according to multiple reports, thwarting the president’s last-ditch efforts to affect the election results days after the president unsuccessfully pressured Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to change the outcome in a controversial phone call.

    U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen rejected the case from the bench during a hearing Tuesday, which Trump’s attorneys—which include John Eastman, who has pushed birther conspiracy theories about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris—reportedly blocked from being accessible to the public via a livestream or remote telephone line, as past election-related hearings have been.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/01/05/reports-trump-election-lawsuit-against-brad-raffensperger-brian-kemp-fails-in-georgia/?sh=21486b945502

    So much winning?

    1. Junkface

      But what about the Kracken and the looming tick tock? Ha ha!

      Reality vs Trump is the real battle going on. I wonder will a riot kick off after all of these confirmations later today in DC

      1. ReproBertie

        There’s already footage of the supporters of the Lawn Order president being pepper sprayed in Washington.

        Today is a very big day for the Stop the Steal crowd. Today we find out what the next thing that will be the big thing that stops the inauguration will be.

        1. Junkface

          ‘Q’ will reveal himself wearing a cape, a “no pizza” logo tattooed on his chest, and a pair of crotchless underpants. Big day.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    I am sorry to see that Liz Bonnin’s mother has passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting Liz on a couple of occasions, all work related, where she was the celebrity guest at a function our agency was either giving or participating in. She was always polite and smiling with us.

    We only hit a bump when one person was going for food. There was an open air burger joint at the event and so the natural question was ‘Does anyone want a burger?’ She has strong views – still polite though. Day was saved as another colleague, who is vegetarian, stepped into the breach and they went off for something as a stall at the other side of the event.

    My thoughts are with Liz and her family, and may her mother rest in peace.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Slightly, you’re always a breath of fresh air around here. I hope we get another column from you soon.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    Back at the height of the pandemic last year the ICU bed count was 354.
    Right now, at a higher level of pandemic, the ICU bed count is 287 beds
    Liam Woods says this can be increased to 350 with a “reasonable standard of normal ICU care provision”. if there’s a surge.

    In 9 months the HSE haven’t planned properly it seems.

    Up until last night, the last minutes of NPHET meetings was 19th November. https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/691330-national-public-health-emergency-team-covid-19-coronavirus/#november

    1. Bob

      I believe the governments stance is that if we all obey the rules then they won’t need extra ICU beds.

      1. millie bobby brownie

        There’s an awful whiff of the jealous bald man off these comments of yours Charger.

        1. millie bobby brownie

          Oh my. I believe I’ve (unintentionally) struck a nerve ;p

          Well, who among us wouldn’t be jealous of Mr Ryan’s lustrous locks?

  4. Charger Salmons

    ‘ An Irish fishing boat has been blocked from entering the 12-mile zone around Rockall by a Scottish patrol vessel, as post-Brexit restrictions on European fishermen’s access to UK waters have been enforced for the first time…. ‘

    So much for the idea of the Celtic cousins pulling together.

    Heh,heh,heh.

    1. scottser

      while normal, joe and josephine tans have been denied entry to italy, spain, germany and the netherlands.
      own it, spaffer.

  5. Verbatim

    Of course Nollaig na mBan needs to be celebrated it’s a lovely Irish tradition and any woman would love a phone call at least.
    Otherwise, keep your minds open for epiphanies!

  6. Charger Salmons

    Charger’s Vax Facts # 1

    1.3 million people in the UK have so far been vaccinated, more than the rest of Europe combined.

    1. scottser

      you forgot to add how well the UK is doing overall – 2.4m cases, 92,000 deaths and lockdown till mid-february.

    1. ReproBertie

      British efficiency?

      “Covid vaccination- from the front line. My group of practices was initially told we would get our first delivery on 28th december. Then 4th jan. Then 11th jan. Now we are ‘6th wave’ and it will be 13th, 14th or 15th jan. We are raring to go, but have no vaccines. ”

      https://twitter.com/DrRosemaryL/status/1346543140396785664

      And a reply from @OfficialDrDr to that:
      “Exactly this… since the 21st Dec we have had to book and cancel our over 80s THREE times. All because our vaccination delivery is being delayed again and again. Now expecting it some time next week… How are we meant to book ~1000 patients, without knowing the day it arrives?”

  7. Charger Salmons

    Charger’s Vax Facts # 3

    British efficiency.
    First-ever Covid-19 vaccination in the world.
    1,000 vaccination centres already set up.
    1.3 million vaccines delivered.
    UK pre-ordered 380 million doses and is the country with the highest rate of coronavirus vaccines in the world at five doses per person.
    Boomtastic.

      1. ReproBertie

        Based on the information from those on the ground the doses have been delivered to the UK but not to the vaccination centres.

        On a personal note, my sister, a nurse in a Dublin hospital, got her first dose today. She had to avoid our parents all through Christmas so this is a step closer to her getting to hug them again.

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