NYT’s Dowd: We hereby dump Trump

“We expected more of Donald Trump,” Maureen Dowd writes in The New York Times.

“An epic, Jack Nicholson-in-the-Overlook-Hotel meltdown, not just Rose Garden-variety mewling. A conspiracy with grandiosity, not merely pathetic blathering about pointless lawsuits from his entitled children and oddballs Rudy Giuliani and Richard Grenell.

“The president has had all this time to hatch a spidery plot to ruin democracy on the way out the door, and this is the best he can come up with?

The election has been stolen!

“What’s your proof?

Because I’m losing.

“This, from the man who has been hailed as an evil genius of media manipulation?

“John Roberts was no doubt relieved that the president’s legal feints were so lame and threadbare that the Supreme Court would probably not have to do another indefensible Bush v. Gore decision to save their benefactor.”

The rest of the column is here.

“For a lot of people, it’s a good day”

Joe Biden won the presidency by clinching Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes. With Biden’s victory, Kamala Harris becomes the first woman and the first person of color to become the vice-president.

“It’s easier to be a parent this morning … to tell your kids character matters,” said political commentator Van Jones. “Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters. And it’s easier for a whole lot of people. If you’re Muslim in this country, you don’t have to worry if the president doesn’t want you here. If you’re an immigrant, you don’t have to worry if the president is going to be happy to have babies snatched away or send dreamers back for no reason.

“It’s vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered. I can’t breathe? That wasn’t just George Floyd. That was a lot of people who felt they couldn’t breathe. Every day you’re walking up you’re getting these tweets and you don’t know. And you’re going to the store and people who have been afraid to show their racism have been getting nastier and nastier to you. And you’re worried about your kids and you’re worried about your sister and can she just go to Walmart and get back into the car without somebody saying something to her. And you spend so much of your life energy just trying to hold it together. And this is a big deal for us to be able to just have some peace and to have a reset.

“And the character of the country matters. And being a good man matters. I just want my sons to look at this and do it the cheap way and get away with stuff. But it comes back around. It comes back around. And it’s good for this country. I’m sorry for the people who lost. For them it’s not a good day. But for a whole lot of people, it’s a good day.”

“We did it, Joe”

Kamala Harris shared a video of her calling to congratulate Joe Biden after the Presidential election was called for the Democratic candidate. “We did it Joe,” Harris says, while apparently out on a walk with her husband. “You’re going to be the next president of the United States.”

“Harris, 56, will bring a legion of firsts to the vice presidency: A daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, she will be the first woman, the first Black person, the first Indian American and the first Asian American to hold the office,” as NPR is reporting. “She will also be the first graduate of a historically Black college and first member of a Black sorority to do so. 

“It sends a message about what kind of country we are today,” said Manisha Sinha, a professor of American history at the University of Connecticut. “An interracial democracy that represents people, men and women, from all over the globe. I think that’s a very good thing for American democracy. And for me personally, it gives me a sense of national belonging that may not have been there before to some extent.”

Meanwhile, “Douglas Emhoff, Harris’s infamously infatuated husband and a Forward-certified  is making history as the first Jewish presidential or vice presidential spouse,” as Forward.com is reporting. “For Jews, this moment represents not one but two “firsts:” The Harris-Emhoff clan will be the both first Jewish family and the first interfaith Jewish family to occupy the vice presidential residence.”

COVID-19 cases in Nevada County schools

“Parents with students at Silver Springs and Nevada Union have been informed of separate, unrelated, COVID-19 cases at both campuses. November 6, 2020 at 5:32 PM Update: Lyman Gilmore Middle School also has a student who tested positive,” as YubaNet is reporting.

“Countywide, eleven new cases were confirmed today, bringing Nevada County’s total to 699, with five people currently hospitalized and nine fatalities to date.”

“The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority,” according to the Nevada Union release. “This email is to inform you that a Nevada Union High School student has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Please continue to monitor your students for symptoms and keep them home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed on the NJUHSD Symptom Checklist. Please contact the school nurse or your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns related to our COVID safety policies and protocols.”

The Outside Inn in Nevada City is up for sale

The Outside Inn in Nevada City is up for sale, Sierra Foothills Report has learned. The asking price is $2.695 million, according to the offering memorandum. The memorandum is here.

“Family owned and operated for over 22 years, the Outside Inn has a strong reputation in Nevada City as the top choice for lodging,” it reads. “The quirky character and charm, plus top notch customer service has provided a quality experience for guests for decades. The current owners are looking for someone to continue the tradition of being the place to stay in downtown Nevada City.”

I asked Erin and Dan Thiem, the ebullient and diligent owners, for some background. Erin — also a prolific blogger — sent this along, including a “Q and A”:

“The Next Chapter

“To our incredible community, guests, friends and neighbors: It is with mixed emotions that we share our decision with you to list the Outside Inn for sale. Although we’re certainly in no hurry to hand it over, with our children in middle and high school, the time is right for us to step back, find someone new to take over, and put our family first.

“As we approach 10 years of ownership, having taken the Outside Inn over from my mother in 2011, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished. Not only did we continue our family business, we were able to elevate the guest experience by adding online reservations, investing in room and facility upgrades, and develop business partnerships with community stakeholders including the Nevada City Film Festival, The Center for the Arts, Bear Yuba Land Trust, KVMR and more.

“We have helped put Nevada City on the radar of travelers coming from near and far with our social media efforts, and we created travel destination resources through the InnSide Nevada City blog and Visit Nevada City Instagram — all while promoting local businesses and events for almost a decade! We’ve had a blast curating and executing local giveaways on the blog, and we creating a media-rich content library that has been turned into postcards and used to represent our community in local, regional and national print publications.

“We’ve built a steady and loyal customer base, and we are thankful to have hosted so many people over the years — many of whom make their annual or bi-annual visits to Nevada City and always appreciate the experience we offer.

“During the time we’ve owned and managed the Outside Inn, we also built the Inn Town Campground from the ground up — and in doing so, realized a long-held dream of ours. With our plans for the campground still in growth mode, we’re excited for our next chapter, and ready to put 100 percent of our time, energy and resources into making the Inn Town Campground everything we have envisioned it could be.

“We plan to continue our high level of involvement and engagement in our community, and we are grateful to serve as advocates and ambassadors for the area we call home. As it has for many others, this year has taught us that we’re resilient, strong, and supported by so many amazing people. We can’t wait to see what’s ahead!

—Erin & Dan Thiem”

Q and A:

Will guests be able to expect the same level of service when they visit? Yes. The sale of the motel is not imminent. Guests can expect the same welcoming, friendly service when they visit.

What happens to my existing reservation? Existing reservations will continue to be honored.

Should I book now if the hotel is for sale? The Outside Inn will continue to accept and honor reservations. At this time, we are just beginning to explore options to sell the property to someone who wishes to take it over and continue its successful operation.

Who will the Outside Inn be sold to? While we don’t know who may end up purchasing the Outside Inn, our intention is to find the right person — someone who recognizes its value in the community and wants to expand on the level of service that has been offered.

Are you selling because it’s failing? No. The Outside Inn continues to be a successful business. We’re in no hurry to hand it over, but with our children in middle and high school, the time is right for us to step back, find someone new to take over, and put our family —and our passion project, the Inn Town Campground — first.

(Photo: Outside Inn’s offering memorandum)

WaPo: “It’s up to John Roberts to save his court”

“Monday’s Senate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, preceded by a pell-mell scramble to seat her before next week’s election and followed by an unseemly campaign-style celebration at the White House, shreds whatever remained of the high court’s integrity and independence,” columnist Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post this morning.

“Whether the court regains its independence or cements itself as a third partisan branch of government is now largely up to Chief Justice John Roberts. If he does not act, and fast, to mitigate the court’s politicization, Democrats will be fully justified in expanding the court’s membership to restore balance — and indeed will face a public outcry if they don’t.

“The Barrett spectacle could not have been uglier. It began with a superspreader event at the White House after which a dozen people, including President Trump, contracted covid-19. Trump insisted on naming a replacement even before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in her grave, and he belittled the late justice’s granddaughter for conveying the women’s rights icon’s dying wish that Trump not replace her.”

The rest of the article is here.