Archive for April 2020

Most Foul

April 29, 2020

Baseball may be on hiatus but lawyers never sleep.   A suit was filed today against the Cubs and MLB on behalf of a fan hit who says she was sitting in the sixth row at Wrigley field and suffered permanent injuries after being struck in the face by a foul ball while she was chatting with a friend.

Not without some sympathy, but seriously, if you’re an adult in the SIXTH row in one of the smallest stadiums in baseball just maybe you should be paying attention?

 

Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, 29, has been arrested and charged with a felony count of having sex with a 17 year old girl.
Leaving aside whether or not this should be a felony, wouldn’t you think NFL would teach players, after #1 rule about sex with anyone – “get consent”, #2 should be “check ID?”

Serious question on a snarky topic: How long until Donald Trump decides to go golfing and frames it as leadership in reopening the county?

 

Trump said today he’s going to Arizona next week. , Phoenix temperatures have been and are expected to stay over 100 degrees. So if Donald really wants to test his theory that heat kills coronavirus, why doesn’t he plan to shake hands with as many supporters as possible?

So Trump White House and Fox News are pushing a “Michael Flynn is innocent story” on the day Coronavirus death toll went past 60,000. What the heck are they going to come up with when we blow past 70,000 next week?

Voted for Bill Clinton, twice, knowing well the man I thought would be very good president (he was), also had women issues (he did.) Biden was in Senate almost 20 yrs when Clinton ran in 1992. Never heard whisper about such issues until Joe clinched 2020 nomination. #Coincidence?

Now there’s a Fox News headline. “Stacey Abrams denies applying double standard to Biden and Kavanaugh allegations.” I missed the headline “Fox News denies applying double standard to Biden and Trump allegations, and allegations, and allegations, and allegations.”

 

David Letterman says a source told him Trump “won’t wear a mask because they can’t figure out how to attach it to his hair.” Uh, and don’t forget that little issue of smudged makeup.

Trump tweet tonight “I must admit that Lyin’ Brian Williams is, while dumber than hell, quite a bit smarter than Fake News
@CNN “anchorman” Don Lemon, the “dumbest man on television”. Then you have Psycho Joe “What Ever Happened To Your Girlfriend?” Scarborough, another of the low I.Q. individuals!”
But yeah, Donald doesn’t have time to watch TV.

There once was a President Don On whose briefings all networks did fawn. Who cares if he lied And Americans died? As long as the TVs stayed on.

Meanwhile…

Trump email. (no joke) “Sleepy Joe Biden just racked up new endorsements 1st. Mini Mike Bloomberg endorsed Biden. Next, Crazy Bernie forced to drop out & endorse Biden. Then, Cheatin’ Obama endorsed his former VP, Biden. Today, Crooked Hillary endorsed Biden.” So Presidential..

Unmasked.

April 29, 2020

Golden State coach Steve Kerr today acknowledged that his team is operating as if the season already is over. Well to be fair, since before COVID-19 the Warriors were 15-50, it already was.

Serious side sports story – Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini has started undergoing chemotherapy to treat Stage 3 colon cancer.

Ugh. Your reminder, when we can safely go back to having preventive procedures done, go get that previously scheduled mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy. etc.

Apparently AP called the Ohio Democratic Primary for Joe Biden right after 8:00 p.m. tonight. I’m so old that I remember when the clusterf*ck in counting Iowa caucuses was the biggest thing millions of Americans, including me, were stressed about.

Trolls on twitter had #opencalifornianow trending today.

Open what?  The earth?  Gravediggers are standing by.

Newt Gingrich- “I’ve never seen the Radical Left work as hard to discredit a President as they have with President Trump.” Please, Newt, you impeached a President over an affair at the same time you were cheating on your second wife.

If you ever needed proof that GOP wants to terrify Americans about all the wrong things: Vice President Pence, the man who decided he won’t be alone with another woman who is not his wife,  decided not wear a mask for his visit to the Mayo Clinic.

 

Mike Pence claims he didn’t wear a mask because he claims he wanted to ‘look healthcare personnel in the eye and say thank you.” Hint to VP Pence… If a mask is covering your eyes, you’re wearing it wrong.

 

Trump is actually threatening a “Quid pro quo” in saying he may demand states cooperate with ICE to get COVID-19 relief, a little history lesson – the phrase “quid pro quo” in 16th century denoted a medicine substituted for another.

 

Something like substituting bleach for fever-reducers and oxygen?

 

Justin Amash has joined Jesse Ventura in saying he is thinking about running for President. Yes, this year.  If Justin  and Jesse really need some potential victory for their egos, maybe someone should organize a charity pay-per-view cage match?

Now THIS is a serious freezer burn.   Nancy Pelosi today about Trump.  “He makes a big fuss about my having ice cream in my freezer…I have ice cream in my freezer. I guess it’s better than having Lysol in somebody’s lungs as he’s suggesting.”

If you were more upset about Barack Obama wearing a tan suit than you were by Mike Pence not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic, then it’s time to forever stop pretending you are “pro-life.”

A little drafty in here….

April 27, 2020

Of all the useless arguments, and I’m good at useless arguments,  high up there has to be the  “who won the NFL draft argument?”   As in I remember at this time in 1998 when pundits were still arguing if the Colts made the right choice in picking Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf.

 

Rumors that MLB might be considering new Rangers ballpark near Dallas as a neutral site for delayed 2020 baseball season . Wonder if San Diego’s Petco Park is on the list, as a SF Giants fan have never yet been there & noticed enough Padres fans for home field advantage.

Due to coronavirus concerns, ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin released from prison only 7 yrs into 10 yr prison term over corruption charges. Given Louisiana history, considering Bel Edwards will be termed out in 2023, does this gives Nagin head start on a gubernatorial campaign.
Anyone else have a Lynn Anderson paraphrase running through their heads “I beg your pardon, I never promised you truth in a Rose Garden?
Interesting and kind of nice side note, while I was a Bill Clinton volunteer (then an Obama gal) who did support Hillary in 2016 election, just realized, of the six white men who were debate spouses during Democratic debates, the most recognizable was Chasten Buttigieg!
Tyson Foods took out full-page ad in NY Times saying the “food supply chain is breaking.” Understand that meat processing plants have had increasing outbreaks. But what was the purpose of Tyson letter? To ask for bailout funds, or to justify a big rise in prices?
Serious question, while I’m relatively low-risk, like many other women I’ve put off a mammogram this spring, others I know have put off colonoscopies, pap smears etc. What’s the death toll going to be down the road from Americans not doing normal preventative healthcare?
As Trump floats idea about trying to get damages from China over coronavirus, does he realize this would open up USA potentially to similar lawsuits for saying, sending cruise passengers home without testing and letting infected Americans travel after pandemic was a known event?
Diamond & Silk, have been cut by Fox News for promoting conspiracy theories and disinformation about COVID-19. How long until they get hired by OANN?
And as Trump today answered a question from his favorite OANN reporter: “What happened to your President of the United States should never again be allowed to happen.”
Is Donald talking about the woman who got the most votes in 2016, and SHOULD be our President?
When this pandemic is under control, with some sense of an actual death toll, beginning to wonder, how many of these meat processing plants still employ undocumented workers, and how many of them were scared into silence by fear of being turning into ICE? No joke.
“If an American president loses more people than in the entire Vietnam war does he deserve to be re-elected?”
And following the about question.  Today’s Trump fundraising email “Just ask yourself, would our nation survive a Joe Biden presidency?” About 55,000 Americans were today unavailable for comment.

Devil scouting ice rink locations?

April 27, 2020

Rumors that former Dodger.  Yasiel Puig might sign with the SF Giants.  Thinking NFW.  On the other hand, Madison Bumgarner IS with the Diamondbacks now.

Still trying to wrap my head around Jameis Winston with #Saints. But gather Drew Brees can teach him a lot. Starting with

1. Throw the ball to people wearing YOUR team colors.

2. Always pay for your crab legs.

(not my joke but seen on social media – Jameis Winston is going to fit in well in New Orleans. He’s already had five years experience throwing to Saints players.)

Is there something wrong with me that I really don’t care that Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari are divorcing?

Among the many trivial little things I am going to miss in a post pandemic world – bars that put out barrels of peanuts.

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton rants Chinese students shouldn’t be able to come to the US to study science, (so they can return home and compete with American.)  Cotton thinks they should only be able to study things like Shakespeare & Federalist Papers – Both of which were written by immigrants.

Pretty obvious at Harvard he didn’t study history…checks wikipedia.   Uh,  “Tom Cotton graduated w/ A.B Magna Cum Laude; wrote his senior thesis on…the Federalist Papers.”

Doesn’t every woman dream on her 50th birthday of spending it locked up in a big house with an unhinged man ranting on Twitter?   Happy Birthday Melania.

Trump ranted this morning in a few tweets abbout Fake news and journalists Russia and “Noble” (sic) prizes.

Then Sunday afternoon – “Does anybody get the meaning of what a so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists? Noble is defined as, “having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.” Does sarcasm ever work?”

But when I went to double check what he wrote originally, the “Noble” tweets were gone.

Just one question -If it was sarcasm why did Trump delete them,

Seriously folks, most of what I post is snark or sarcasm. And one rule I think I and probably all humor writers follow – if you get a good sarcastic tweet that goes viral, you DON’T delete it. #Noble

 

Can we offer Trump a Noble prize for his resignation speech?

Anyone else wonder if maybe today’s Twitter rant storm was because Trump knows he will NEVER be played on television by Brad Pitt? #DrFauci

Socially distanced from a tattoo?

April 26, 2020

Oops, per ESPN, newly drafted Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser says a tattoo on his left arm was just something he did as a teenager, and is not meant to symbolize the markings of “The Three Percenters,” a right-wing militia group.  And Rohwasser says will cover it up.
There is a reason some people think you should be 21 and over for tattoos.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said there will be no in-person sporting events through May. Although what better way would there have been to test social distancing than with normal attendance at Marlins Park and Tropicana Fie

As much as I’ll miss college football games, anyone else thinking wistfully right now it’s going to be a VERY long time until we get back to buffets and shared beverages at tailgates?

Researchers finding Americans with “quarantine fatigue” are increasingly leaving home against stay-at-home orders. So we’re dying to go outside?

So with no vanity press briefing Saturday does that mean members of the Trump Coronavirus Task Force got to spend the day lying to their families?

Irony for a big win today. Just got an invitation to donate to Trump re-election campaign and receive in exchange a “Trump-Pence” welcome mat. Ironic for the administration that wants to slap a “We’re Closed” sign on America.

Trump bragging twice on Twitter this morning about 5 million tests. US population 328 million. What happened to “everyone who wants a test can get a test?”

 

Geraldo defending Donald Trump “And if anyone really would heed that bleach-drinking advice, odds are they have other issues.” Right. Issues like thinking a failed reality-TV host might be qualified to be the leader of the free world?
So next week will Trump suggest ingesting disinfectant as a cure for windmill cancer?
NY Post headline “North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un rumored to be dead, brain dead or just fine.”
Curiously enough, the last two options have also been argued about lately with POTUS.

Not so wide world of Sports?

April 25, 2020

 

As a child in the pre-ESPN days, remembered ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” ” “the human drama of athletic competion” where they could get pretty desperate in various offseasons  -cliff diving competitions anyone?

Have to wonder, did the 2nd and 3rd rounds of NFL virtual  draft tonight get the highest ratings ever?

 

 

Could’ve been much worse with our Tide Pod President‘s suggestion to ingest disinfectants:  Imagine if like Clorox and Lysol weren’t already almost as hard to get as hand sanitizer due to Coronavirus.

Mitch McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao now claims social distancing is possible on airplanes Anyone want to take a pool on the last time Chao, or Mitch, flew coach?

Tonight Rachel Maddow reported “82% of Republicans align with the view that social distancing and stay-at-home orders are responsible life-saving measures.” So maybe “Live free or die” sounds better as a hypothetical?

 

Since Trump is so desperate for a “win” how long until he throws someone under the bus for firing #CaptainCrozier and takes personal credit for reinstating the Theodore Roosevelt captain?

Right about now Joe Biden could make someone drink Clorox in the middle of 5th Avenue and I’d still vote for him.

 

West Point Cadets know they might have to risk their lives for their country. Now, because Trump wants to make a speech, they have to return to campus for graduation and risk their lives for a photo-op.

Trump “We’re opening our country. It’s very exciting to see. We have a lot of talent involved. From governors to people who just stand there and help you with the doors.” What did you do in the war, daddy/mommy? “I opened doors.”

Okay, I know these are crazy times but Joe Biden and many of women on his VP list have seriously had to tweet today not to drink or ingest disinfectant!!? Did not see this one coming.

So will people who die from ingesting disinfectants be counted in COVID-19 death counts? Asking for a sometimes very stupid country.

Yeah, schadenfreude and justice and all that. But in the interest of healing, who would make this deal? Trump resigns, takes Pence with him. President Pelosi pardons him, appoints VP Joe Biden, and then, after Joe gets his team together, lets Biden take over.

  1. Many complain Joe Biden isn’t exciting.
  2.  Current occupant of the Oval Office just suggested Americans ingest Clorox.
  3. Excitement is overrated

Into the light

April 23, 2020

Tom Brady mistakenly walked into wrong home in Tampa, apparently when trying to meet with Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich for the first time, and ended up at Leftwich’s next door neighbor’s unlocked door.

Ha, ha, funny, right? Of course if Tom were black there’s a decent chance he’d be dead now.

Do miss the times when tonight the biggest things most Americans would have been worked up about would have been the player they wish their NFL drafted.

So if anyone dies from going bowling in Georgia and getting COVID-19 can the bowling alley at least figure out what shoes they rented and retire them?

As a woman who went to high school in Florida in the 1970s, I must say, until today I would look back and think that using tin foil and baby oil for a tan was the stupidest thing imaginable regarding sunlight and liquids.

 

We all knew now that Trump’s romance with hydroxychloroquine was over that Donald would find a new object of his affection. But did not see Lysol coming.

Okay, maybe it’s just me but while it’s hard to imagine suggesting getting a socially distanced tattoo, Brian Kemp might have been one-upped by Trump suggesting Americans ingest disinfectant.

 

As insane as injecting disinfectant sounds, nobody’s talking today about vaccine expert Dr Rick Bright, dismissed this week as the director of BARDA, who says he was ousted for questioning the potential of hydroxychloroquine. Coincidence?

Technically speaking Trump was right. Drinking Lysol or Clorox WILL keep you from dying from coronavirus – because they will kill you first.

So will Trump tomorrow use sunlight as a excuse to declare all his golf courses essential and reopen them?

Deborah and Dr. Fauci.” No, POTUS isn’t a misogynistic pig, why do you ask?

Today Donald also referred to “a sleepy guy in a basement in a house.” That’s #PresidentBiden to you, Donald Trump.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity says Americans ‘dying to get back to work.

Fixed it for Hannity – Americans will be “dying FROM getting back to work.”

Apparently in studies, hydroxchloroquine not only didn’t work against COVID-19, it may have caused heart damage. So is this why Trump was promoting it…. he doesn’t have a heart to damage?

So why isn’t Trump bragging about having a Labradoodle breeder heading HHS Coronavirus task force? Especially as right now the death rate from COVID-19 is very low for Labradoodles.

Timing…

April 22, 2020

Hard to believe that if not for COVID-19 the NBA playoffs would have begun and we’d only be about two months away from the finals.

A Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady charity golf match is planned for May, without spectators. Well, good to see in these tough times without sports that poor Brady is getting some attention.

MLB has suspended Red Sox manager Alex Cora for the 2020 season. Which would be bigger news if it looked like MLB was going to HAVE a 2020 season.

You require a license to drive a car. Can we require a signed DNR order for anyone taking part in these reopen rallies? Like #ReopenVirginia

Trump tweets “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” 1. Wag The Dog didn’t need to be remade as a documentary. 2. Who taught Donald to spell “harass?”

 

Back in my youth, I was on a casual bowling team with coworkers. And as mom had several bowling outings with my son. Been a few years but besides random shoe rental, remember testing out about a dozen balls each time for feel & weight. What could possibly go wrong with Georgia reopening bowling alleys?

Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goldman, is 81 years old. Poor woman, she’s got the blond hair and the talking points right, but she’s WAY too old to be hired by Fox News.

Found by a Canadian friend. @EmilyAnnette6 on Twitter  “At the grocery. Wearing my mask. Lady behind me, snarky & loud enough to make sure I heard, “don’t guess she realizes that stupid mask won’t do any good.” Me: “Honey, I’m an off duty nurse, I’m wearing it to protect YOU. But, I can take it off if you’d like.” She practically ran.”

Reports now that Jesse Ventura is interested in running for the Green Party’s Presidential nomination. Because 2020 wasn’t weird enough?

So just how hard is it for Mike Pence to give groveling daily praise to dear leader. Or does his soul have permanent immunity at this point?

Ah, Rachel Maddow is onto the story that hydroxychloroquine is looking like it may cause more harm than good.   Meanwhile Donald is distancing himself so fast from the drug beginning to think he used to be married to it.

Hanging it up

April 21, 2020

Marlins manager Don Mattingly,  watching “The Last Dance,” said watching Michael Jordan’s playing heroics remind him a lot of Miami owner Derek Jeter.

Mattingly didn’t add that Jordan’s ownership record probably also now reminds him of Derek Jeter.

 

Per Rachel Maddow,  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says that fans attending an auto race this weekend in the state is a bad idea. If only Noem had the power to do anything about it.

 

A story in SF Chronicle about a Sacramento protest against Stay At Home notes that it was organized by the “Freedom Angels,” an anti-vaxxer group. And that some of them brought their children. This might be funny if it weren’t so sad.

AG Bill Barr says his DOJ may join lawsuits against governors who refuse to roll back stay-home orders. So will Susan Collins pronounce herself “troubled?” Or “very troubled?

Meghan McCain on the View today told her co-hosts to “check their privilege.”. I cannot possibly write anything funnier than that.

Missouri today became first state to sue the Chinese government over COVID-19s pandemic, citing “an appalling campaign of deceit.” Uh, can U.S. states sue our own government? Asking for some blue and even red states.

Meow time. So how come Dr. Birx doesn’t have her roots showing after over almost a month of task force briefing? Do she and our #BackupInChief share an “essential” hair colorist?

Trump says there will be “some exceptions” to his Executive Order on immigration. Translation “I need my resorts staffed, and some of my friends need wives.”

Hydroxychloroquine trials have been going so badly I fully expect Donald Trump soon to say they were Obama’s idea.

What it comes to early re-opening, seems to me it comes down to one simple question: Even if you’re confident in your own ability to beat coronavirus, how do you know you won’t kill somebody else?

Texas Lt. Gov #DanPatrick April 2019, defending Texas “pro-life” bill to stop local govts from contracting w/ agencies like Planned Parenthood “There is nothing more important than defending the defenseless. Dan Patrick April 2020 “There are more important things than living.”

In for more than a penny

April 21, 2020

Rumors that Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez may try to buy the Mets. How much do I long for the days when that would have been the biggest story of the week in New York?

 

A Yankees fan who bought tickets for a Red Sox game on May 9, is suing because the team says the game “postponed” rather than canceled so they’re not issuing refunds. The woman paid $926 for 6 tickets. At least she didn’t prepay beers – she could be out thousands.

Newt Gingrich attacks Nancy Pelosi over her freezer containing $12-a-pint ice cream – says it’s “most tone-deaf thing I’ve seen a Speaker do.”

Uh, I don’t know, impeaching a President over adultery while you’re House Speaker and cheating on your second wife is pretty up there.

On a snarky and petty note, just realized Don Jr’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, 51, is over a year older than Melania Trump

All these idiots saying “Jesus is my Vaccine” clearly are planning to meet “Him” sooner rather than later.

Seeing these Confederate flags at the “re-open” rallies. I always knew the flag now was a sign of racism, didn’t realize quite how much it’s also a sign of stupidity.

Trump saying Governors call their own shots. And now Georgia’s Brian Kemp, Tennessee’s Bill Lee, and South Carolina’s Henry McCaster took that as a license to use their own states for target practice.

So Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is opening up businesses including massage therapists, nail and hair salons. With “social distancing.”
Uh, as we try to wrap our heads around how someone gives you a massage or does your nails/hair at a distance, your reminder, again, as Amy Klobuchar says, “if not for voter suppression, my friend Stacey Abrams would be Governor of Georgia right now.”

Seriously among the businesses Brian Kemp will allow to reopen are body art studios. So how do you do a socially distanced tattoo? Throw ink darts from across the room?

Every day The Washington Post lists the ten counties in USA with highest rate of deaths. Five of them are in Georgia.
Is Governor Brian Kemp going for a clean sweep?

 

As movie theaters open in Georgia on Monday I can see the ads already for jumbo sized popcorn “A shareable snack to die for.”

Trump issued an executive order stopping immigration, but his Mar-A-Lago club, which will open again in late October, has claimed for years they need H-2B Visa workers. So will Donald rescind the order then, or is he heading to Moscow or somewhere Nov 4?

With all due respect, since US currently has the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the world, along with the most expensive healthcare? why does Trump think people now WANT to come here?

Per CNN Kim Jong Un reportedly in critical condition after surgery. Wanna bet Trump will express more heartfelt emotion over him tomorrow at his vanity rally than over almost all the 41,000 plus Americans who have died?

If Kim Jong Un is NOT gravely ill, how p*ssed off is Trump going to be at the North Korean leader for stealing all his xenophobic immigration ban headlines?

So with Trump suspending all immigration into the United States by executive order, does this mean Donald has decided he has no plans to look for a 4th wife?

For all the time Trump has had to vent on Twitter and in his vanity rally, your reminder, on the anniversary of the Columbine school massacre and 24 hours after worst mass shooting in Canadian history he hasn’t found time to mention either.

 

Crashing and burning?

April 19, 2020

Even though it’s often played without spectators, no PGA tour events yet. Of course, ESPN could just fill their weekends with highlights of tournaments featuring Tiger Woods.  Oops, been there, done that.

 

Media giving so much attention to the small rallies of stupid “Liberate” people perhaps shouldn’t be that surprising. When ESPN shows highlights of auto races most of what they show are the wrecks.

 

Looking at the race of all these protesters demanding things be opened up in various places across the US should put an end to the myth of White supremacy once and for all.

So these “Liberate” idiots think the rest of us don’t miss normal life? Going to work, seeing friends, travel, restaurants, etc, etc? Miss those things terribly. But not enough to want to kill other people.

Steve Mnuchin today on CNN took blame for stimulus check delay, saying it was HIS idea to have Trump’s signature on the checks. Two words. Yeah. Right.

 

A new study finds that  coronavirus could linger in the testicles, making men prone to longer, more severe cases of the illness.

So this is why Trump hasn’t been infected?

As Trump brags about his hotel properties why doesn’t some reporter ask Donald why he doesn’t offer free rooms to healthcare workers?

Joe Biden won Wyoming Democratic Party caucuses with 72% of the vote. Wow. Does that mean Wyoming has 72 actual Democrats?

Joe Biden is not a scientist. Donald Trump is not a scientist. But Joe Biden listens to scientists.

As a Pro Choice woman isn’t it nice at least that a lot of these GOP folks protesting are finally saying they realize it’s wrong for government to tell us what to do with our bodies? Oh wait, never mind.

 

 

Worst mass shooting ever in Canada. If Joe Bidenwere President, he would have issued a statement on behalf of USA. As an American my heart goes out to those in Nova Scotia, and I apologize for us not having elected a human in 2016.
@JustinTrudeau
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To those who lost loved ones following the senseless violence in Nova Scotia, and to the @RCMPNS family mourning the loss of Cst. Heidi Stevenson, know Canadians across the country are mourning with you – and are here to support you through this tragedy. pm.gc.ca/en/news/statem
And seriously folks, google Trudeau with any of the many mass US shooting recently, Vegas, Parkland, Kentucky, etc…. He’s always sent a message on Twitter and has generally called Trump.

Boys of almost summer.

April 18, 2020

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said league remains “committed” to resuming the 2019-20 season, but there’s still no timetable.
With all due respect, aren’t we already only a few months away from the start of the NBA’s 2020-21 preseason?

A. Bartlett Giamatti on baseball “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”

This year baseball breaks our hearts by not even beginning.

Unexpectedly touching to see Michelle Obama and Laura Bush together tonight on #GlobalCitizen
I’m so old I remember when national crises brought out the best in our leaders.

It’s a small point, but so is every single person in the White House terrified to tell Trump that the Spanish Flu was 1918, not 1917?

Let’s be real. ALL the women on Joe Biden’s short list for a potential running mate would say yes if he asked them.
So why do reporters keep asking them???

A small silver lining in this Coronavirus nightmare – wasn’t that long ago many Americans couldn’t name a Governor or even more than one or two Senators outside their own state, let alone potential Democratic rising stars.

Now Trump is talking about that “perfect phone call” Pence reportedly had with Senators yesterday. He says Democrats were “rude and nasty.”
Simple way to prove this – release the tape.

Trump Advisor Stephen Moore compared the COVID-19 protesters to Rosa Parks.
Right, if Rosa Parks had planned to move to the front of the bus to kill everyone else on aboard.

As a Democrat there are several states I’ve hoped would turn blue this November.
But the premise was never that it would happen because GOP voters would end up trying to “liberate” themselves from the voter rolls by dying.

So as Dr. Birx shows off her “flattening the curve” charts, imagine what the charts are going to look like in Florida in a few weeks with DeSantis opening those beaches.

I wanna see charts on testing. Period.

Sporting chance.

April 17, 2020

UC Berkeley announced admissions today. As a Stanford grad, how badly do I wish for old days when most pressing thing that might get us Cardinal fans on social media tonight was to tell future Golden Bears “Congrats, now prepare to lose “Big Game” for next four years.”

 

So how many times a day do you think someone has to tell Trump  “Sorry sir, you can’t go golfing this weekend?”

Lady Gaga headlining major musical fundraiser for WHO on Saturday evening today expressed support for WHO General Director “Dr Tedros, you’re a superstar.” Trump tweet calling Lady Gaga overrated in 3.2.1..

Sen. Angus King after conference call on COVID-19 testing failures with Pence:“I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life.” For those who aren’t political junkies, the mild-mannered King being mad is as likely as Bernie Sanders modeling for GQ magazine.

 

Looking at some of today’s protests pretty clear the correct motto should be “Live Free AND Die.”

So are our “what we did during Stay At Home Stories” going to be our “what did you do in the war, grandma” stories?

 

 

I only started watching her regularly last month. But ass awful as this pandemic is, we can all hope that when we end up in nursing homes that there is someone who advocates for us as much as Rachel Maddow?

So when deaths start spiking in three weeks with beaches and businesses now opening in red states, who will Trump blame?

And, do Trump and his red state Governor buddies think this COVID-19 will just “fly over” rural Midwest states?

During today’s vanity rally Trump said “I’m going to leave and I’m going to be right back.” What was the emergency? Depends?

Trump has announced a plan for nationalwide testing. Which he’ll roll out as soon as he releases his tax returns.

 

The state of Illinois received a secret shipment of PPE from China yesterday. They kept it secret so the Trump administration wouldn’t steal it. No, this is not a bad remake of “24.”

As Trump spends his Friday night rage retweeting far-right activist Charlie Kirk, your reminder that Barack Obama was attacked for having weekend date nights with his wife.

Plenty of space

April 16, 2020

So if Trump wants to open up college football with fans kept well apart and socially distanced, as a Stanford football fan can I nominate Stanford’s home opener Sept 5.  A Saturday game over two weeks before  students return, at a TBA time which could be decided up to six days before, and against the Cardinal’s well-known rival William and Mary?

Heck, before this Coronavirus pandemic Stanford could have looked forward to at least a thousand fans showing up.

Although as Donald talks about college football games and opening the country up state by state,  just for example, does Trump think fans never cross state lines for college football games?

For those who miss baseball.  Just a bit outside…  https://twitter.com/Starting9/status/1250832201727475712

Nancy Pelosi has started doing briefings and interviews from her kitchen. Anyone think Trump has ever been in a kitchen?

Meanwhile Laura Kelly saying on CNN Kansas has had a very hard time getting tests. But what does she know… Kelly is only the state’s Governor.

Just for example, in central Florida, where I went to high school, Orlando Sentinel just reported “among eight counties, there have been 2,792 confirmed cases w/ fewer than 1% of population tested.” Well not like the area has any places where big crowds gather, like theme parks.

Trump says some of his friends are dead. Shocking. Trump thinks he has friends?

Joe Biden just said he may announce some of his Cabinet-level choices before the election. Thinking again one way to get media attention would be a short reality show each week where he unveils another pick—“I’ll tell you…after the break.”

Anyone else feeling that Dr. Birx is really ruining the idea of wearing scarfs when we go out in public again?

Trump bragging about 3.5 million tests. Uh, US population is 328 million.

Trump says “it’s going to be a “beautiful puzzle.” You know what else was beautiful? – the AIDS quilt.

CNN reports Trump plan says gyms can reopen in Phase 1, but not bars. Because no one ever gets sweaty and touches surfaces or breathes heavily in gyms?

But maybe Donald put gyms on his Phase I reopening list because he knows he’ll never be in one?

17 Governors have announced they will work with others in their region on when & how to re-open their states. Meanwhile Trump says he will announce his nationwide plan to start May 1. Donald’s like the guy screaming on a Zoom call who doesn’t realize everyone else has muted him.

As Rachel Maddow reports with justifiable rage about Trump administration ignoring deaths in our nursing homes and assisted living facilities, I’m reminded that I’m so old that I remember when Democrats were accused of wanting “death panels.”

 

So if Gilead Sciences’ antiviral medicine Remdesivir turns out to be effective against Coronavirus how long until Trump says he knew it first and accuses Democrats of pushing hydroxychloroquine?

Empty promises.

April 15, 2020

Dr. Fauci says that perhaps sports could return this summer, if there were basically no fans in the stands.

And any SF Giants fans from the old Candlestick Park days are thinking yeah, so just like the old weeknight games .

Of course, if professional sports are banned completely,   the Orioles may win the World Series by default.

Mayor DeBlasio saying there may not be professional sports in New York until 2021. Knicks going “hey, we started this months ago.”

 

On a non-political note anyone but me chopping vegetables extra carefully during COVID-19 pandemic, because they REALLY REALLY don’t want any finger injury that would necessitate a visit to urgent care?

At a Lansing rally  against Michigan’s  Stay at Home order, some folks were carrying Confederate flags. Thereby proving their grasp of history and geography is as good as their grasp of science.

As Trump tries to defund USPS and stop Vote by Mail, he tweets “Thanks for delivering”  @UPS

 Once again “do as I say, not as I do” – check his Trump Store and campaign store websites “Orders shipped via USPS First Class Mail”

Rachel Maddow now reports that some of business leaders on Donald Trump’s list yesterday weren’t asked if they wanted to be on the list. Who’d a thunk a man accused by over 20 women of sexual assault would have a problem with consent?

Then Maddow to Elizabeth Warren  – “If Joe Biden asked you to be his running mate, what would you say?” “Yes.” Warren isn’t my first choice for that role but admire her, and her straight answer.

 

Have already seen both Warren and Abrams attacked in places for saying they would either accept or in Stacey’s case WANT to be considered as Biden’s VP. While have seen Klobuchar & Harris attacked for being “coy” with the question” Translation-  women can’t win.

 

Ivanka Trump, while DC is under a #StayAtHome order,  apparently took her family, and some unknown number of Secret Service agents to the Trump Golf Club in New Jersey for the first night of Passover.

Amazing she didn’t tweet out a picture suggesting for seders that people eat matzo cake.

Another thing Trump can blame WHO for?   These rather accurate lyrics:

“No one knows what it’s like To be hated To be fated To telling only lies But my dreams They aren’t as empty As my conscience seems to be.”

Rooting for the ace

April 15, 2020

Sports analogy  I really REALLY miss baseball. And am reminded that when your favorite player ends up on the bench, it hurts, but you still root for the team, and them as part of that team. So yeah, I’m solidly behind the Democratic team, and now solidly behind our starter -Joe Biden.

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday by Chip Ganassi Racing, after uttering a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race. How long until Trump invites him to the White House?

Trump – “We have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old”
Personally I think we need to get our White House back. I’m tired of watching a President who acts like he’s 14 years old.
(on a good day.)

So now it looks like obesity is a big risk factor for getting more serious COVID-19 cases. Great, just what we all need as we all stay home and and stress eat.

So is the only way Joe Biden can get serious media attention now is if he gathered 20 women politicians together as potential VP’s and each week gave fewer and fewer of them a rose?

 

So is someone on Joe Biden’s team keeping a “Day 1” list…. getting back into the Paris Climate Agreement, starting again to fund WHO, sanitizing the White House?

One again, the Onion is going “We give up.”
“The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that is expected to slow their delivery by several days, senior agency officials said.”

 

As Rachel Maddow goes after South Dakota governor Kristi Noem for still not having a Stay At Home order, just pointing out the state is now in the top 20 for cases per capita.

 

 

One way to help save the USPS until President Biden takes over: Remind Trump if he shuts it down Americans won’t see his signature on those paper checks.

Look, I understand covering Trump train wreck press briefings. But again, what’s excuse for every major network not also covering Joe Biden’s virtual events, especially things like his Sanders and Obama endorsements?

 

 

Oh please, oh please, can some reporter ask Trump who he blames more at WHO- Pete Townshend or Roger Daltrey

Fight song

April 14, 2020

Right about now Democrats in the Midwest are so proud of Wisconsin voters we MIGHT even be able to get Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to join in a rousing chorus of “On Wisconsin. “

Once.

Meanwhile, in Florida, WWE was deemed an “essential business.” by Governor Ron DeSantis.   I miss the days when Florida man was only a danger to himself.

 

Maybe a VERY important extra win from Wisconsin today – GOP getting a taste of how Trump can lose them state and local elections. If they smell blood in the water think many Republican elected officials will turn on him faster than Donald turns on staffers who disagree with him.

In all seriousness, does White House have a medical team standing by in case Trump has a cardiac event during one of his press briefing rants? Maybe after today they should.

While the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders lovefest today was great to see, an open note to all those who suddenly think they’d be a great ticket together – Joe and Bernie together are 155 years old.

Trump apparently told people on a phone call today “I made Dr. Fauci a star.” This season of “Presidential Apprentice” really s*cks.

Pence says he wishes we could listen in on the conference call Governors had with Trump today. Uh, I want to listen in on the conference call Governors had after Trump hung up.

Have an idea. If Joe Biden calls Dr. Anthony Fauci and offers him a spot on HIS team, can networks just start covering Fauci and Team Joe instead of these White House clusterf*cks?

 

Or Since it’s a ratings game, if Joe Biden promises to show a video of a different train wreck at every one of his briefings and town halls, would networks consider giving him equal time with Trump?

Michelle Obama is now calling for nationwide #VoteByMail option this fall. This would be one time I’d be okay with Melania plagiarizing her.

 

It’s no secret I want Biden to pick Amy Klobuchar as his VP. But one I thing I know for sure, whichever capable woman Joe picks, he will value her intelligence & advice. And NEVER ask her to make a fool of herself as Trump does with Pence in these vanity briefings.

Easter moan-day

April 13, 2020

How happy must ESPN be? For some indefinite amount of time they can still refer to Tiger Woods as the “defending Masters champion?

Meanwhile, as a major sports fan who is also a complete klutz must admit I learned something today. 1. I will never be talented enough to play. 2. I finally understand the game “HORSE.”

 

How much do I miss live baseball? I even would have been thrilled to see another bleeping Yankees -Red Sox game tonight on Sunday Night Baseball.

Happy belated  Easter to All!   The quandry for many women – put on a nice Easter dress. Or just a spring-like pair of jammies?

 

Wonder how many Americans were desperate enough this Easter during Stay At Home that they would that they would actually eat a Peeps?

Though if I weren’t already a big fan of making Amy Klobuchar and John Bessler American’s replacement for Mike and Karen Pence. I give you, as posted by Amy today,  John’s frosted milk bunny lattes.  bunnylatte

 

 

Moved to California for college, never left. But so proud of my now adopted state for Coronavirus response. And now for the fact that our top trend on Twitter is #FireTrump (And btw Donald, rake your hair!)

Saturday night Kansas Supreme Court decided not to overturn Governor Laura Kelly’s order against church services. So just maybe they realized that overturning it after doing the hearing on Zoom was a bad look?

So when some people who went to church services on Easter  get sick, and they will, is it un-Christian to suggest they try to pray the coronavirus away?

 

WTAF?  Trump was actually bragging on Easter “For the first time in history there is a fully signed Presidential Disaster Declaration for all 50 States.” Of course if we had a President who actually paid attention to scientists we wouldn’t need the declaration. @JoeBiden

 

Ok, if we can save USPS and elect Joe Biden in November,  how satisfying will it be to tell Donald Trump in January 2021 about his final payday – “your check is in the mail?”

Two days without being on television or getting any real media attention….. Trump’s press briefing on Monday is going to set a record for unhinged.

Many years ago today…

April 12, 2020

It’s April 11, 2020. And it was not that much more than a month ago I was annoyed because the SF Giants should have had a home game today, the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Pac Bell Park.

Meanwhile, ESPN reports Tom Brady hopes to trademark “Tompa Bay”& “Tampa Brady” for clothing/merchandise. How I wish that was the biggest story involving an egocentric a** today?

The Navy says  the number of confirmed COVID19 cases on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt is now 550.  Imagine what it would have been had Crozier not written that lette

Six people were shot, none of them fatally, at a party in Bakersfield last night. But were they shot because of an argument? Or for being idiotic enough to have the party in the first place?

Rand Paul, just recovered from COVID-19 is angry at Kentucky Gov. Beshear for wanting to quarantine churchgoers. “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.” We are all Rand Paul’s neighbor.

Steve Scalise was almost fatally shot, & saved by a Capitol married lesbian police officer, without changing his mind on gun control or LGBTQ rights. So guess we shouldn’t be surprised Rand Paul  has learned nothing on healthcare or public safety from having had COVID-19.

Wonder how many people who thought there was no difference between Hillary and Donald just had it hit home when probably in large part due to Trump’s botching Coronavirus response they’ve now canceled Burning Man?

Why is Trump calling re-opening the U.S. the “biggest decision I’d ever had to make?” When we all know if anything goes wrong Donald will blame the decision on someone else and say “I take no responsibility.”

A trending Twitter hashtag Saturday was #KeepTexasRed  Seems like they are same ones ignoring social distancing and “Stay at home” orders.  Who wants to tell them?

If only Trump responded as quickly and with as much passion to shortages of lifesaving supplies as he does to a negative story in the NY Times or Washington Post.

 

In  2003, California voters, angry over state’s energy & budget crisis, actually recalled Gov. Gray Davis. Whatever you thought of Davis, he did much less harm than Brian Kemp & Ron DeSantis are doing now. How does Georgia Gov. Stacey Abrams & Florida Gov. Gwen Graham sound?

 

So is Trump going to wake up early  Easter morning in hopes of getting all networks to cover him pardoning a rabbit?

 

Uh, the only thing Trump respects is money. IRS collects over $3 trillion a year, processes over 250 million returns. And uh, IRS says “Use the U.S. Postal Service® to mail your tax return, get proof that you mailed it, and track its arrival at the IRS.” #VoteByMail

Trump attacked Lindsey Graham as a RINO for telling Donald that instead of daily press briefings “a once-a-week show” could be more effective. Where’s the t-shirt that says “I sold my soul and all I got was a few lousy trips to Mar-A-Lago?”

No protection?

April 10, 2020

72% of Americans polled said they would not attend if sporting events resumed without a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Wonder how many of that 72% have had their flu shots?

A fake story about Colin Kaepernick signing with the Jets was making the rounds as truth on Thursday. Well, it was probably less harmful lie than many at the “coronavirus task force briefings.”

Meanwhile Dr. Fauci said we should probably avoid handshakes for the forseeable future, along with high-fives at sporting events.  So that means Orioles fans are probably safe to return.

Medicare to 60!   Last night Bernie Sanders, on Colbert called Biden a friend, said Joe’s “not going to adopt my platform I got that, but if he can move in that direction, people will say that this is a guy we could support and will support.”

Trump says testing for coronavirus is not necessary for the United States to get back to normal. Translation: Because as he said back when he didn’t want to to let people off the Grand Princess “I like the numbers being where they are.”

If Trump thinks we’re getting closer to opening the U.S., why did he just start mandatory coronavirus tests for reporters attending his vanity press rallies? Asking for a country.

Trump tweeted get well wishes today to Boris Johnson and that it was “great news” the UK PM has been moved out of intensive care. Has he shown the same concern for ANY American?

Trump is allowing Dr. Fauci to be interviewed solo on CNN  Friday morning.  At 7:00am. On the East Coast. Because Donald couldn’t make them do it at 5:00am?

So with Fox News continually downplaying coronavirus risk, wonder what their viewers will tell themselves while they are dying?

Another reason we need #VoteByMail, I switched to permanent absentee in California after our local polling spot once had over an hour long line. Now I just WANTED to get to work because I was really busy… but many people cannot afford to lose an hour’s salary.

Chanel Rion of OANN tweeted today “I’m not “Breaking White House Distancing Guidelines,” I’m the only journalist in the room personally invited by ⁦White House” Uh, shouldn’t being “personally invited by White House” be disqualifying for an independent journalist?

 

We know Trump didn’t write this. It’s grammatically correct, uses correct spelling, and doesn’t insult John McCain.
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